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May 5, 2008 03:34 PM

Best BBQ Shrimp, Oysters, Crawfish??? Help from locals?

I would appreciate help from some locals:

1/ Had great BBQ shrimp at Deanies the last time I was In N.O. Looking for other suggestions. Liked Deanies because it was the whole shrimp, with the head, and big and meaty.
2/ Would love to get fresh cheap oysters. Been to Acme but looking for other suggestions.
3/ Spicy crawfish dumped on the table?
4/ really authentic dishes not at tourist spots.

Thanks so much. Heading down in a few weeks to support the economy.

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  1. Pascal's Manale has BBQ shrimp; haven't had 'em in a while, but they're a standard-bearer where the dish is concerned. Mosca's also does a much-loved-by-many version. My favorite version is at home--I can make a pig of myself with no witnesses & at an unbeatable price.

    Fresh, cheap oysters: Harbor Seafood on Williams in Kenner.

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    1. re: Hungry Celeste

      Do you have a recipe you care to share with us?

      1. re: Blumie

        Like most people, I make BBQ shrimp ten different ways, depending on what's on hand. I only use fresh, head-on, unpeeled shrimp (BTW, inshore shrimp season starts on the 12th, so get ready!) I heat salted butter, some worcestershire, sliced lemons, beaucoup black pepper, a good sized branch of rosemary, a bunch of smashed cloves of garlic, sliced yellow onions, and some cayenne pepper in a small saucepan--cook for a minute or two after the butter begins to foam. Rinse the shrimp, put in 1 layer in a pyrex baking dish, pour over the hot butter mixture, put into a preheated 400 degree oven. Bake for about 5-7 minutes, take pan out of the oven, and turn the shrimp over. Return to the oven, cook 5-7 minutes more, or until the shell pulls away from the curved back of the shrimp (you'll see a space form). Remove from oven & let stand 5 minutes, then serve with lots of french bread.

        1. re: Hungry Celeste

          Sounds fabulous and authentic with the head on, Went to Jacque Imo's last trip recently and they had bbq shrimp without head and they were mushy. I assume all your suggestions have shrimp with heads (?), the way they shd be made.

          1. re: dec111

            Will be spending few days in University district near Tulane, are there any good bbq shrimp/oyster places there?

            1. re: dec111

              Pascal's is close to there, and if you want oysters, head to Casamento's. My favorite bbq shrimp are at Crazy Johnny's in Metairie.

              1. re: N.O.Food

                Manale's has a good oyster bar but there are far better dinner choices. Mr. B's bbq shrimp are peppery in an emulsified worcestershire, rosemary scented, lemon butter sauce. Similar ones are served at Bacco. Nice One of the various versions I make at home. Sometimes I remove the heads and slit the back of the shell making them easier to peel, with the added benefit of more sauce next to the flesh. Mushy texture is never a problem. Emeril's does a peeled version of bbq shrimp as does Commanders. For oysters on 1/2 shell, I like to stand at the bar at Felix's and wash them down with an Amber. We either boil our own crawfish or pick them up from K-Jean's.

    2. dec111, if you're going to be near the French Quarter, you may want to try French Market. They had a happy hour from 3-5pm, if I remember correctly. You have to buy a drink but you could get oysters for 50ยข each and they were really big! I have to confess that I can't eat oysters here in Los Angeles anymore. They all taste like mud.

      They also have spicy crawfish, though it's not dumped on the table. They put it on a plate.

      I was there mid-March, if that helps.

      1. Liuzza's by the Track (on N. Lopez, in the Bayou St. John neighborhood) has a BBQ Shrimp Poyboy that though is served heads off does ellicit many many groans of pleasure. As far as crawfish dumped on the table, your best bet is to buy some at one of the seafood stores (eg Big Fisherman on Magazine, K-Jean on Carrolton) and take them to your own table to dump out...that manner of presentation is generally found at a cooked at home, served in the backyard, boil. Also, I'm not sure being a veg, but I believe crawfish season is drawing to a close??

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        1. re: swampsue

          is the racetrack area where Jazz Fest is held at known as the Bayou St. John neighborhood?

          1. re: kevin

            New Orleans neighborhoods are funny this way-- that's what I call it, and I'm a denizen of those parts, but it also could be referred to as Esplanade Ridge, Mid City, (probably a half dozen others as well)... and the Racetrack specifically would probably be called "Gentilly," but I'm no expert. If you want to get technical, they are all Fauburgs, but this may be veering off food, and I'm not looking for trouble...just say Liuzza's by the Track, you'll get pointed in the right direction

            1. re: swampsue

              yep, you're right it's right near esplanade. i always just thought mid-city.

              anyhow, to keep it back on the chow, near there is there a really good fried chicken joint called mchardy's or hardy's i gotta get there one of these days, if it's still around. i think it's on Broad actually, near Esplanade.

          2. re: swampsue

            No, actually crawfish season is near the beginning.

            1. re: cajungirl

              Well cajungirl, when swampsue posted that back in may, crawfish season was drawing to a close.

              1. re: roro1831

                Sorry, must have missed the date.

          3. If you get to Baton Rouge, try the Chimes East on Coursey Blvd. One of the few places left in Baton Rouge for raw oysters. Thirty cents each from 4 to 7 daily and all day on Tuesday.


            1. in my opinion, Deanies serves one of the more unappealing BBQ shrimp dishes. it simply does not hold a flame to others, like those found at Mr. B's, or Bacco's. these two have a much richer, darker, more flavorful abita-based sauce that is just heaven in a bowl.

              i took an out of town gues to Mr. B's during jazz fest just for this dish, and it did not disappoint either of us. check it out.

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              1. re: kibbles

                I'll have to check out Mr. B's and Bacco's, They will certainly be some most wonderful treat based on your review as I thoroughly enjoyed Deanie's offering. I thought This would be THE ONE!

                Bacco Restaurant
                310 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

                Deanie's Restaurant
                7350 Hayne Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70126

                1. re: tesla4all

                  I had Mr. B's on Thursday for lunch and first bite sends me to taste bud paradise. I only visit NO once a year, sometimes twice and I don't know why but the first taste of those bbq shrimp just makes me want to never leave. It's not really about the shrimp for me at all. In fact, my bowl only had 6 shrimp in it this year. They were large but in reality, I wouldn't have missed them a whole lot. I will post a review thread tomorrow on my 5 day visit. FYI - I had Drago's char-grilled oysters for the first time and WOW, they are fantastic! I've never cared much for Deanie's but have never had their bbq shrimp.

                  Deanie's Restaurant
                  7350 Hayne Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70126