Breakers A Seafood Joint

Breakers A Seafood Joint Tylerites Tyler TXDuring what was supposed to be a quick trip to pick up a couple gardening necessities, we realized it was also time to stop somewhere for a quick bite of lunch necessities.  But where?  I hate the days when it seems nothing sounds good, so I was both relieved and excited when my husband suggested we try Breakers.  I’ve been meaning to try this place as I’ve heard many good things, yet it’s one of those restaurants that too frequently slips my mind during the restaurant decision making process.

We were seated at a comfortable booth and I ordered a cool, refreshing Landshark.  It only took a minute for me to realize that there are many, many things on the menu here that sound delicious.  In the interest of trying as many as possible in one shot, we decided we’d try the crab cakes, the shrimp cocktail, and the avocado fries.  Yes, that’s right.  Avocado fries.

Our food arrived promptly, and I immediately dove into the crab cakes.  They contained an impressive amount of crab meat, and they tasted great.  Next, I tried a shrimp.  It was a good shrimp.  Hard to mess that one up, but a good shrimp none-the-less.  Finally, I was ready to sample the avocado fries, which were wedges of breaded avocado, served with creamy dipping sauce.  Very tasty, yet quite heavy as the name would imply.

I can’t wait to go back sometime and try their specialty drink, Orange Kush.  I’m not exactly sure what it is, and I can’t find it on their website, but I remember it sounding very interesting.  Maybe someone from Breakers can chime in and help me out?   In any case, I can say with confidence that Breakers will be high on my radar from now on.

Breakers
5106 Old Bullard Road
Tyler, TX 75701
(903) 534-0161

Breakers A Seafood Joint Tylerites Tyler TX

Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’m sorry my experience was not as fantastic as yours. My wife and I decided to sample this restaurant as we are both seafood fans and Tyler has been lacking in this area for quite some time.

    The service was fine and cordial but slow. The place was also nearly empty and you could hear the waitstaff loudly gossiping their time away.

    My wife ordered the crab and I had the grilled Mahi Mahi. The fish and the crab were fine but were in no way anything to write home about. My main disappointment was the lack of “support” for the main portion of the dish. My entree came rice (overcooked mush) and a “vegetable side” that was a bunch of random things thrown together with no particular them or goal for flavor.

    For a restaurant to take such little care in planning and prep of menu items and then to price them proudly does not instill a sense of satisfaction or the desire to return.

    I hope they will improve their menu and price point to fit the market and level of service provided.

  2. I thought the food was fine, but unluckily my 2nd visit there happened to be there on a live music day – too loud guitar. Electric guitar. I admit loud music is a pet peeve of mine, and I apparently have what I call bad lunch karma, but I haven’t been back since.

  3. I’m glad we could provide a refreshing break to your errand running. You should definitely come back and sample the Orange Kush. It is an artful blend of Orange Vodka, Coconut Rum, Orange Liquor, Amaretto, Peach Schnapps, and O.J. that can be enjoyed by itself or paired with many of our unique and excited dishes. We are very glad you decided to add the crab cakes and avocado fries (served with our signature roasted red pepper ranch) to your selection. They are a favorite amongst staff and customers alike and we take great pride in serving them. I find in the world of seafood, crab cakes are amongst the most common of reinterpreted dishes. Thinking back to any oceanic dining experience, I’m hard pressed to recall any establishment that did not feature their own rendition of this classic cuisine. But as time has told, with the mass reproduction of any foodstuff, degradation is inevitably soon to follow. Crab cakes seem to be one of the most recent casualties of the battle to preserve flavor and wholesomeness. It has become commonplace to load these delicate edibles with fillers and flavor-robbing binders that mask the decadence of the meat. While they do have their respective places in the recipe, breading, herbs, and seasoning, must be used in moderation. The intention is to highlight the succulence that is exclusive to crab. At Breakers we utilize subtle citrus and seasoning to develop a rich and properly accented flavor. Natural emulsifiers provide structure to the tactful balance of red bell pepper, green onion and lump crab meat. The entire assembly is then placed over a mesmerizing white wine cream sauce that, in a perfect world, would be served by the bowl/jar/mug. Placing the cakes on top of the sauce allows for the option to indulge in as little or as much of this palette pleasing compound as is desired. Amongst the pool of seafood joints that offer this dish, Breakers emerges as one dedicated to preserving the integrity of this dish.

    In regards to the comments above by Anonymous, I’m sorry that your experience with us was not to your liking. We are still working everyday to refine our products and service and are dedicated to providing quality in all forms. Should you join us again, please let us know if any part of the service is not your liking and we will be more than happy to fix it. Excellence in customer service is always first and foremost with us.

    To Jones, again I apologize that the atmosphere was less than desirable. We are excited to offer live music throughout the week, but it should never take priority over what you are there for, the food. I believe almost every musician loves the sound of their own tone and that can get carried away sometime. Please understand that the volume will be thoroughly monitored in the future in order to provide the most pleasing environment possible.

    I should mention that there is a lot on the horizon for us this summer. We are very excited to be featuring produce from the Tyler Farmer’s Market just down the road from us. Drink specials, such as last weekends 1/2 price mojitos, will continue to be offered periodically. Happy hour will run every day from 4-6 and 9-close. There you can expect to see deals on all of our draft beer as well as signature drinks such as our L.I.T., Mai Tai, Bloody Mary, and Orange Kush. Look for weekend specials, highlighting a variety of fresh seafood and/or beef.

    Thank you to all who have joined us, as your support is greatly appreciated. For those who still have not experienced us, we invite you to come and enjoy our oasis. Hope to see you soon!

  4. I’m sorry my experience was not as fantastic as yours. My wife and I decided to sample this restaurant as we are both seafood fans and Tyler has been lacking in this area for quite some time.

    The service was fine and cordial but slow. The place was also nearly empty and you could hear the waitstaff loudly gossiping their time away.

    My wife ordered the crab and I had the grilled Mahi Mahi. The fish and the crab were fine but were in no way anything to write home about. My main disappointment was the lack of “support” for the main portion of the dish. My entree came rice (overcooked mush) and a “vegetable side” that was a bunch of random things thrown together with no particular them or goal for flavor.

    For a restaurant to take such little care in planning and prep of menu items and then to price them proudly does not instill a sense of satisfaction or the desire to return.

    I hope they will improve their menu and price point to fit the market and level of service provided.

  5. Two words… NEVER AGAIN!

  6. Big Boy says:

    We like it at lunch. Service seems a bit better, and we actually like the lunch menu better.

  7. I like the lunch menu best. The drinks are good, especially the mojitos. I always get the fish tacos – they are the best. Not fried (like evrything else in Tyler) great seasonings and yummy sauce. I wish they would offer them for dinner too. I love the Breakers house salad with the mango dressing and the sweet potatoe fries are perfect.
    My husband and I went for dinner once and were not impressed. The dinner menu is more expensive and less appealing in my opinion. I had the sesame seed crusted seared tuna, and the flavor just wasn’t there. Their fried shrimp are pretty standard. So, we only go there for lunch.

  8. We ate here when it opened. Have not been back since. The food was not wonderful. We were excited for a new seafood place but this isn’t so great. Seem’s to be packed now for bar night or something because of the live music. I am told.

  9. At Breakers, the amount of money you spend and how satisfied you’ll walk out of the restaurant are inversely related. Sounds like a strange business model to me.

    I had the Stuffed lobster tails($32.95) while my girlfriend had the Shrimp Roma($14.95). The Shrimp Roma was great. I had some after I went through the Stuffed lobster tails in two minutes. The menu says they are petite, and man they aren’t kidding! The fact that they were petite is not an issue (Otherwise it’d be my fault for not reading the menu). But the fact that they were petite AND bland left me quite peeved.

    So if you’re going to breakers, you should consider getting a lot of decent food via the Shrimp Roma as opposed to crumbs of mediocre food via the Stuffed Lobster tails. This way you’ll spend less and won’t feel like you need to eat something else 20 minutes after leaving the restaurant.

  10. My husband and I went to Breakers for the first time the other day for lunch. I had the fish taco and he 1/2-doz oysters and the fried shrimp. We were both very pleased with our meals and will go back for more. I’m anxious to try the crabcakes. The atmosphere was fun and the wait staff very pleasant and accommodating.

  11. Metro Matt says:

    Tyler seafood joint in a “California style” setting. Their crab cakes were smaller, more expensive than the ones as Oliveto’s & not nearly as good. Service was lousy. I won’t be going back.

  12. My wife and I looked forward to a new seafood experience in Tyler, and we got it…but not good. The shrimp was bought frozen and breaded….tasted like something from the frozen foods in Brookshires, the oysters were terrible….overall it was not a pleasant experience. Need more fresh food…not frozen.

  13. Metro Matt says:

    This place is more style than substance. Their seafood is mediocre at best.

  14. My finace and I had been wanting to try this place for a while. We “siezed the deal” a few weeks ago and decided this was a great time to try it. We stopped in on a saturday around 4 pm. We were very pleased with the setup and decor of the returant and were excited to get our food. We ordered two LandSharks and started studying the menu. The first thing we noticed was tht the food was a bit pricey, but not a big deal. If the food is good, we dont mind paying a bit more. What did bother us was the lack of service. We had to wait on our drinks, and i finally had to go to the bar and ask the “not very busy” bartender/waitress if i could get the beer that i ordered. She was very nice, but no one came to take care of us. When i finally did get a chance to place an order, the food came out smelling and tasting delicious. The portions were quite small, but the food was good and we will definately try it again. By the time we left the place was filling up. We were both extremely disappointed in the horrible service, especially since there was hardly anyone in the restuarant. We will probably try it again because the food was pretty good, albeit overpriced. We are always willing to try something twice to see if we just has a bad experience. This place is nice and inviting to the eye, i hope the prices and the service can live up to the hype.

  15. JoeBobTex says:

    They never got our orders right the three times we tried the place…thereafter, we stopped going.

  16. Tiffany Colwell says:

    My first experience there was a great one when it comes to flavor. Just moved from Austin, so it was nice to see a dive like place with good food. The cook just seemed EXTREMELY slow. Our waiter kept trying to entertain us until our food came. He did a great job. The Basa was wonderful! I just found one fish bone, so no big deal. But, the sides looked like one small red potato cut into three pieces, but the veggies were great. The avocado fries were great!

    Sounds like I’ll try lunch to be able to pay less.

  17. I’ve been to Breakers twice and have been very pleased both times. The food was great. Both times I’ve been I had the same waiter, and young teenager, who was very pleasant. Loved the advocado fries, Red Snapper, and Med Basa. The only thing I tried that wasn’t outstanding was the tilapia, but of course it’s a mediocre fish in my book to begin with. To Breakers: keep up the good work!
    In reading all the negatives in the other comments, I wonder where these people eat normally. Considering the meager choices in Tyler, I would rate Breakers very close to the top.
    Finally, regarding the wait – I wish people would get over this silly notion that food doesn’t need time to cook. If you want your food in 2 minutes then go to a fast food restaurant. Fish cannot be precooked or it tastes horrible. When I eat out in a restaurant, I’m there to relax and enjoy myself. If I’m in a hurry, I grab a sandwich. By the way, I didn’t wait long at all for my meal when I went.
    Overall, I was impressed with this place!

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