Pier 247 opened a couple weeks ago in Oak Cliff (247 W. Davis Street), transforming what was once a small, lonely brick building into a pretty cool seafood restaurant. There's certainly not a glut of Cajun-inspired seafood restaurants in the area, and this spot offers just that in a nice, laid-back place. On a recent Sunday evening, almost every table was taken at dinner time, along with several seats at the bar.
We didn't work our way through the entire menu, instead ordering just a couple things -- including the Triple Seafood Club sandwich. This six-inch-tall sandwich is enough food for two people, easily, and is made with house-made shrimp salad, lump crabcake (prominent player), bacon, Romaine lettuce for crunch, tomato and a spicy remoulade, all heaped onto sourdough bread. With a few dabs of Tabasco, which is already on every table, it's a beast.
The first bite is the hardest, unless you're one of those people with an unusually large mouth. But after that, you'll get the hang of it. It's a two-hand situation, and once you start in on it, you won't want to put it down because you'll mess up the balance of the universe.
Pier 247 has a Cajun spices throughout the menu and the ambiance. The hi-fi is set to a blues/rock mix, and the design is industrial with a touch of seafaring adornment. The bar offers a mix of local craft beers along with some basics, including Miller Lite. They had every flavor of Austin-based Deep Eddy vodka, including the new cranberry, along with all the other usual bar suspects.
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Pier 247 recently opened for lunch. The 10 or more picnic tables out on the patio are beckoning warmer temperatures. And perhaps the most important note: There's a nice parking lot behind the restaurant. Leave your valet scorn at home.