The Pelican State still claims some of the best, biggest, freshest, cheapest oysters on the planet. Even though we enjoy them all year long -- that “month that ends in ‘R’” rule doesn’t apply here, because our water doesn’t get cold enough for the oysters to hibernate, nor are they prey to certain natural diseases affecting the bivalves of the Northeast and West Coast (and also because we’re awesome) -- we always think of Fall and Winter as oyster season, which, if you check your calendar, just started, so here are some of the best ways to enjoy a favorite local delicacy.
How to do oysters in New Orleans
1. Drago's Seafood Restaurant3232 N Arnoult Rd, Metairie
2. Peche Seafood Grill800 Magazine St, New Orleans
3. Casamento's4330 Magazine St, New Orleans
4. Acme Oyster House724 Iberville St, New Orleans
5. Antoine's Restaurant713 Saint Louis St, New Orleans
6. Galatoire's209 Bourbon St, New Orleans
7. Ye Olde College Inn3000 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans
8. Parran's3939 Veterans Blvd., Metairie
9. Crabby Jack's428 Jefferson Hwy, Jefferson
10. Domilise's Po-Boys5240 Annunciation St, New Orleans
11. Mandina's Restaurant3800 Canal St, New Orleans
12. Parkway Bakery & Tavern538 Hagan Ave, New Orleans
13. R & O's216 Metairie Hammond Hwy, Metairie
14. Grand Isle Restaurant575 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans
Fantastically fresh seafood awaits you at Drago's and it you're smart, you'll come hungry and in the mood for charbroiled oysters, which have earned the place quite a delicious reputation.
PSG has a menu loaded with aquatic deliciousness, but if you want to key on their specialty, order their raw bar oysters, which are specifically chosen for their size and freshness.
Casamento's isn't the biggest resto in town, but it's big on oysters, which are particularly refreshing because they're super-chilled, and that's just what you'll need after standing in line for awhile.
This iconic oyster spot may have a number of locations, but despite its chain status, it still serves some of the tastiest seafood in New Orleans, not to mention some interesting cocktails that include an oyster-topped Bloody Mary and oyster shooters w/ vodka.
Opened in 1899, this classical and elegant St. Louis Street restaurant encompasses 14 uniquely-styled dining rooms in which to enjoy French-Creole cuisine.
Established in 1905, Bourbon St fixture Galatoire's is all about re-creating old-timey New Orleans ambiance through classic French Creole cuisine. The waiters are decked out in tuxes, so needless to say, shorts are not allowed at lunch.
This NOLA favorite has been around since 1933, but its unique Cajun, Creole, and Southern flavors never go out of style, with a menu laden with po-boys and fresh fish.
This Metairie gem has been serving up po' boys, burgers, and club sandos since 1975 and is home to the original seafood-stuffed MUFFULETTA!
The po-boy has gained legend status in NOLA thanks to places like Crabby Jacks, whose award-winning oyster po-boy has been delighting patrons since the place opened in 2002.
Domilise's Po-Boys has gained plenty of buzz by slinging those delicious, classic NOLA sandwiches alongside a full bar Uptown.
Even though certain aspects of this popular NOLA Cajun/seafood eatery continue to evolve, it keeps some of its roots firmly planted in tradition, serving up some of the same menu items for the last 75 years.
Parkway Bakery & Tavern has been a neighborhood landmark since it opened in 1911. Most famous for their over-stuffed po' boy sandos, Parkway also has a full bar featuring a beer and cocktail of the month and daily happy hours.
R & O's plates a variety of Creole/Cajun dishes, but they're best known for their po' boys and other tasty sammies.
This family-style resto focuses on fresh ingredients, whether it's their fish and seafood that they receive daily, or their garden salads that're always served w/ dressings made in-house.