Here are some of the best places you can get those delicious bivalves around town.
The Gulf of Mexico has long been known for producing some of the best oysters in the country. Their sweet flavor and soft texture have people ordering them by the dozens. Whether it's raw, chargrilled or baked, we can't get enough of them. Here are some of the best places you can get those delicious bivalves around town.
Drago's Seafood Restaurant
When someone mentions Drago’s, the first thought that comes to mind is charbroiled oysters. Plenty of restaurants make them, but no one does it like Drago’s. They have many other delicious items on the menu, but you can’t go there without having at least a half dozen.
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Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar
Superior Seafood claims the only oyster bar on St. Charles Avenue. They serve fresh oysters from local Louisiana regions shucked right before your eyes. Their oysters are prepared several ways — raw, chargrilled, Bienville, Rockefeller and fried with bacon. Visit between 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and you’ll get the happy hour price — 50 cent raw oysters.
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Cooter Brown's Tavern
Cooter Brown’s is the perfect place to grab a beer, a dozen raw oysters and cheer for your favorite team on one of the many TV screens. Go there on a Tuesday starting at 3 p.m., and you’ll get your raw oysters for half price.
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A restaurant flanked in oyster shells would have to have some good oysters. Borgne has just that. You can get Louisiana oysters and specialty oysters which change upon availability. In the mood for grilled? Well, you can get those too in a spicy garlic butter sauce.
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Seaworthy is one of the CBD’s newest seafood restaurants serving up oysters from all coasts of America. There are Gulf Coast oysters, East Coast oysters and the West Coast variety, each offering a different delicious flavor. The menu offers them a la carte so you can try one of each or as many as your heart desires.
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Pascal’s Manale has been an Uptown institution since 1919. Although they are famously known for their BBQ shrimp, they also have a great oyster bar. You buy a chip at the bar, bring it to the shucker and he starts serving them up. It’s a great way to kill time while waiting for a table. You can also get Bienville and Rockefeller style oysters. Dining weekdays between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. will get you half off your raw order.
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Acme Oyster House
Acme Oyster House is one of the most famous spots to grab yourself some oysters. Be prepared to wait in a long line for these local bivalves. You can get them raw, chargrilled or as a shooter, which includes one raw oyster with cocktail sauce and vodka served up in a shot glass. And if you’re feeling really courageous, you can try to join the 15 dozen club. Wanna learn how to shuck those bad boys? We got a tutorial straight from the master shucker.
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Felix’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar
If you don’t have the patience to handle the line at Acme, head across the street to Felix’s. The oysters are just as good, and the wait is typically shorter. They have oysters seven ways – raw, chargrilled, buffalo, Rockefeller, Bienville, oysters du jour and fried.
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MeMe’s Bar and Grille
The oysters at MeMe’s Bar and Grille makes it well worth the trip to Chalmette. It’s one of the best restaurants in “Da Parish,” and their recent expansion included adding an oyster bar. You can get oysters four ways – chargrilled, Rockefeller, bacon and blue cheese and Bangkok, which dresses oysters in a spicy Asian red chile sauce. On Tuesdays through Fridays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., you can get raw oysters for 50 cents or grilled oysters for 99 cents.
Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House has gotten really creative with its oyster menu. You can get them raw, raw topped with champagne mignonette and Cajun Caviar, charbroiled, charbroiled topped with either crabmeat or crawfish and fried. Better yet, eating their oysters is good for the environment. They recycle their shells helping create new oyster reefs in the Gulf, which in turn helps protect our shoreline.
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You can’t talk about oysters without mentioning Antoine’s. These are the folks who invented the famous Oysters Rockefeller. Although it’s been imitated many times by other restaurants, Antoine’s has never revealed their recipe. You can also get Oysters Thermidor, Oysters Bienville and Oysters a la Foch.
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Casamento’s has been serving up oysters since 1919, and they take it quite seriously. So much so, that they close during the summer months when the oyster harvest season ends. Not only are their raw oysters a hit, but so is their oyster loaf, a fried oyster sandwich on Texas toast.
Photo courtesy: Casamento’s Restaurant