Louisiana oysters are known for being large, meaty and salty — the perfect combination for holding their own in flavorful New Orleans dishes. So whether you want your oysters fully loaded and baked to a golden brown or freshly shucked and served raw over a bed of ice, these five spots know just how to fix them.
Drago’s Seafood Restaurant
Specialty: Charbroiled oysters
If you’re looking for mouthwatering oysters, why not start out with a restaurant that’s famous for them? At Drago’s Seafood Restaurant, visitors and locals alike know to order the charbroiled oysters, which are smothered in butter, garlic, herbs and a blend of Parmesan and Romano cheeses. On a busy day, the kitchen churns out as many as 900 dozen of these tasty morsels! At that rate, you better get some for yourself and see why they’re such a hit.
If you couldn’t figure it out from the name, Acme Oyster House is well known for its selection of … yeah, oysters. Try one of their specialties — think Oyster Rockefeller soup or oyster shooters (yep, that would be a shot of vodka with a raw oyster in it) — or just go straight for the mother lode: the Fried Peace Maker Po-Boy. This award-winning sandwich comes fully loaded with a heap of fried oysters and shrimp, which is then topped with Tabasco-infused mayonnaise.
Specialties: Raw R'evolution-style oysters and smoked oysters
Discover the amazing flavors created at Restaurant R'evolution by chef John Folse and chef Rick Tramonto. Their menus highlight Louisiana culinary traditions fortified with a cross-cultural fusion of flavor. While you are trying to decide what to eat, order a half or full dozen large, succulent oysters R'evolution style, served with a cucumber lemon granita and tangerine salsa. Want cooked oysters? Try the fire roasted oysters served with a smoked bienville butter.
Specialties: Oysters Rockefeller, Oysters Royale and chargrilled oysters
This historic haunt (and a local's favorite) on Royal Street offers an array of classic seafood dishes, from Oysters Rockefeller to stuffed Oysters Royale, but the chargrilled oysters are its piece de resistance. Sit at Royal House’s oyster bar and order up a dozen of these delectable shellfish, which are smothered with lemon and Parmesan cheese before being broiled to a state of garlicky, buttery, juicy perfection.
Specialty: Raw oysters
When you’re looking for a premier dining experience, Bourbon House has everything you could want: impeccable service, an extensive bourbon selection and an exceptional oyster bar. Order raw oysters perfectly shucked and for a little adventure, try them with caviar — it's the way Mr.Brennan Sr. prefers his oysters! Make sure to try the plateau de fruits de mer (why, yes, that would be a platter of seafood), which comes with crab fingers, mussels, shrimp and freshly shucked Louisiana oysters on the half shell, topped with local caviar.