AN AUSTIN INSTITUTION since 1938, Quality Seafood Market’s origin was humble — a mere stall in Starr’s Fruit and Vegetable Market, located at 1005 Congress Avenue just across the street from the state Capitol.
The restaurant has survived multiple owners and locations over the years. In 1970, Quality moved to its current location on Airport Boulevard. The building, with an interior designed by OT McCullough especially for Quality Seafood, accommodated Quality’s three-part business with space for a kitchen, a fresh seafood market, as well as coolers, freezers, and an office for the wholesale operation.
n 2003, Paul and Carol Huntsberger acquired the business and changed its name to Quality Seafood Market. Their passion for seafood and their years of experience made them the perfect match for overseeing a number of expansions and improvements to the market, including interior and exterior renovations, additional restaurant seating, an expanded menu, a new oyster bar, and a catering business. Under Paul and Carol, the restaurant blossomed from a fried food kitchen into a place where families could gather to enjoy fresh, healthy preparations of seafood from waters as nearby as Texas and as far away as Alaska.