Crazy Oysters 3 Part Question
We will be in New Orleans Sept. 17th - 20th and I wanted to know who has the best BBQ Shrimp. On a trip down to New Orleans earlier this spring I ate at Deanie's in Bucktown and thought these were outstanding, but I have heard through the grapevine Mr B's Bistro, and Pascal's Manale are much better. My Brother. a regular visitor to New Orleans, also did not like Deanie's and much preferred Pascal's Manale BBQ Shrimp. I will be visiting from Chicago and cannot wait to eat in the food mecca of the world, New Orleans.
Also, with Oyster season starting, is Casamentos worth the trip for Oysters? I will not have a car for this trip, but is it far from the streetcar? Do they own there own oyster beds, or do they get there oysters from P&J Oyster Co? I have not dined here but have read and heard great things, what are your thoughts?
Finally, I wanted to know if anyone has stayed at Hotel St. Ann Marie Antoinette. We will be staying here on this visit and cannot find too many reviews. Is it kind of like the Monteleone?
We loved Crazy Johnny's BBQ shrimp in Metairie, but you'd need a car unless you want to go via the bus for lunch. It's not in a particularly attractive area but the food is good.)
http://www.crazyjohnnies.net/ (Giant Dippin Shrimp
Regarding oysters, I don't eat them, my hubby says you can get good oysters most places when they are in season. The only place he didn't care for them was at Zeke's (old Metairie) as they were pre-shucked and put over ice.
Reviews of the hotel here:
Take St. Charles streetcar to Napoleon. Walk toward the river to Magazine. Turn L. Casamentos will be about 3 doors down on the R. Very good 1/2 shell and loaves. Mr. B's for the best BBQ shrimp. Heavy on worcestershire. Their gumbo ya-ya is excellent as well.
I prefer Pascal's myself, but the majority ruling seems to be that Mr. B's is the best. Really though, either spot will serve you fabulous BBQ shrimp.
I think Casamento's is worth the trip for more than oysters. Start with a half dozen raw, then move on to the fried crab claws. Then have a fried softshell crab, or a trout sandwich. Be patient, don't expect fancy service, and pe prepared to wait in line for a bit. It's an institution, with delicious, classic food. I'm fairly sure that Casamento's doesn't own any oyster beds, not that such a thing matters anyway.
re: Hungry Celeste
I have never heard Casamento's claim to own oyster beds..they have used different providers in my time but they are usually loyal to a particular guy whenever I have noticed. It used to be claimed that Black's in Abbeville had their own oyster beds but I never checked on it. It is an easy thing to say and generates business...who's gonna check on it?
This early "cool" weather we are having might mean oysters will be Up & Running sooner than usual...Fair Grounds, here were come!