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French Quarter Oyster Crawl...this weekend!

betheroo Nov 16, 2009 03:49 PM

We (2 couples) are headed to New Orleans this weekend, and we have decided to start our visit with an Oyster Crawl, going through the FQ and trying asw many different preparations of oysters as we can find.

Thus far I have:
Acme: raw and chargrilled
Felix: raw
Redfish Grill: BBQ
Mr. B's: Deep fried with bacon horseradish hollandaise
Arnaud's: Bienville, Rockefeller, Kathryn, Ohan, and Suzette
Antoine's: Rockefeller, Thermidor, a la Foch, and Bordelaise
Galatoire's: en brochette, fried
Bourbon House: Fonseca, half shell with caviar
Bobmay Club: Rockefeller
Pelican Club: Baked with bacon, roasted red peppers, parmesan, and garlic
Broussard's: Herbsaint

Anyplace I have left out? Or should leave out? We will be pretty casually dressed, so I am hoping we will be able to sit at the bar in most of these places and dine and dash....I am thinking a few places may have stricter dress codes than we will be able to comply with ( my husband will most likely be wearing jeans).

Thanks! Beth

Galatoire's Restaurant
209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130

Bourbon House
144 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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    meremortal Jan 28, 2010 07:12 AM

    I went on the Oyster Crawl with the New Orleans Culinary History Tour. Word of advice: scratch the Thermidor at Antoine's. Possibly the worst insult to oysters I've ever eaten. Ketchup-y "cocktail" sauce and flaccid bacon broiled on an oyster. Blech. I wasn't crazy about the Rockefeller, either (I know, I know -- treason!) The Redfish Grill's "BBQ" oyster is basically given Buffalo-wing treatment -- a pile of fried oysters doused in a honey/hot sauce sauce, splattered with blue cheese crumbles. Not bad, but sort of a mean thing to do to good Gulf oysters. You may as well eat chicken wings.

    I'll second Desire, too. The Oysters Desire was one of the better baked/broiled oysters on the tour.

    Maybe add Casamento's and Pascal's Manale? PM's oyster bar is one of my favorite places for a dozen or so raw. They're not in the FQ, but if you're still hungry and capable of driving (or just cab it), these are quintessential spots.

    10 Replies
    1. re: meremortal
      kibbles Jan 28, 2010 08:14 AM

      thats funny, RFG's BBQ oysters are one of my favorites. its actually a Crystal + butter sauce, drizzled with imported stilton blue cheese and a light bed of arugula -- far cry from the slop served on and with most buffalo wings.

      1. re: kibbles
        uptownlibrarian Jan 28, 2010 09:18 AM

        Imported Stilton, as opposed to...

        1. re: uptownlibrarian
          kibbles Jan 29, 2010 07:59 AM

          read as "imported stilton-blue-cheese" (a sub-type clarification of the base blue-cheese), not "imported stilton".

          stilton is a type of blue cheese; (imported) stilton blue chesee is better than, say, the domestic sysco crap labeled "blue cheese" sold with most buffalo wings in bars & restaurants across the country.

          yet i think you knew about the cheese, leaving only your misunderstanding of the sentence structure. so why be sarcastic? little point in being snarky on here....

          1. re: kibbles
            uptownlibrarian Jan 29, 2010 08:14 AM

            Snark directed toward ridiculous, overly wordy menu descriptions, not you. I read that as something that you had copied straight from the RFG menu? Guess not.

            1. re: uptownlibrarian
              kibbles Jan 29, 2010 10:41 AM

              yeah like all my posts, those were my words. i think its funny that you claim its "overly wordy" considering the nature of the posts in this forum.

              but really, who decided you were the authority on which food descriptions are ridiculous or delicious sounding? because youre a librarian? riiiight.

              leave the snark at home, buddy. nobody needs or desires your approval.

              1. re: kibbles
                edible complex Jan 29, 2010 11:12 AM

                who dat?!?
                I love oysters and I love blue cheeses, but not together.

                1. re: edible complex
                  roro1831 Jan 29, 2010 11:21 AM

                  As do I EC, but that who dat comment has resulted in the NFL sending you a cease and desist, you can't just go about using their property.

      2. re: meremortal
        betheroo Jan 29, 2010 01:13 PM

        Hi All....original poster here. I never did go on the aforementioned Oyster Crawl, the men in our group nixed the idea ...so we are leaving them home on our next trip, in just a couple of weeks! We are really excited to finally execute this plan, and are committed to updating fellow CHers via iphone at each destination. As you may imagine, the next weeks will be filled with planning our attack, so keep the suggestions coming!

        1. re: betheroo
          vedjohns Jan 29, 2010 03:27 PM

          Drago's in the Hilton for chargrilled. We did 2 dozen last time. It was the Saturday of the Saint's first play off game and the place was packed with local Saint's fans. It was like going to a huge tailgate party and every table had a least one dozen chargrilled.

          1. re: vedjohns
            pericohen Feb 23, 2010 07:57 AM

            After reading through, I'm not sure if the official Oyster Crawl or doing one on your own is better. Any opinions? More fun with a large group of people you don't know or 2 couples traveling together? Also any suggestions on not to miss dining and other experiences?

      3. parker394 Dec 16, 2009 02:11 PM

        Desire had the best oysters in my opinion. Their charbroiled oysters was the highlight of my trip!

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          foodophyle Nov 18, 2009 07:23 AM

          If you want to try an oyster po'boy, try Johnny's in the quarter. However, I would venture out to mid city (on the Canal st streetcar) and get my po'boy from Parkway Tavern.

          1. nikinik Nov 17, 2009 09:25 AM

            Luke has 25 cent P&J oysters every day from 3-6..AND half price drinks! The service is slow but it's worth it cause the oysters are incredible and for such a great price!

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              Okcfind Nov 17, 2009 09:20 AM

              Just got back and can concur with getting raw oysters at Felix. They were excellent!

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                CharlieH Nov 17, 2009 08:00 AM

                Royal House, corner St.Louis and Royal, they have an oyster bar, and do something baked I think. You should do the Hermes Bar instead of Antoines, much easier, make sure to keep score and report back. ch

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                1. re: CharlieH
                  Okcfind Nov 17, 2009 09:22 AM

                  Yes to Hermes Bar, we tried their Oysters Rock, and they were different than any previous Oysters Rock we have had. Different in a great way, kind of creamy?

                  1. re: Okcfind
                    hazelhurst Nov 18, 2009 03:05 AM

                    It sounds to me as though you had the Real McCoy..there is only One Original.

                    1. re: hazelhurst
                      betheroo Nov 18, 2009 06:16 AM

                      Will do! I will give a full report upon return....

                    2. re: Okcfind
                      Jeff_NO Jan 26, 2010 06:37 AM

                      The different texture in Antoine's version (the orginal) would be from the lack of spinach.

                  2. edible complex Nov 17, 2009 05:10 AM

                    Desire at the Sonesta for raw.
                    get a 6 pck of Rock at Galatorie's to go along w/the en brochette

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                    1. re: edible complex
                      betheroo Nov 17, 2009 06:17 AM

                      Thanks! I have added these to my (growing list)...we are so excited!

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                      kibbles Nov 17, 2009 04:57 AM

                      cant leave out chargrilled from Drago's in the Hilton. swap out for the ACME.

                      sounds awesome!

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                      1. re: kibbles
                        txgirl Nov 18, 2009 06:59 AM

                        I agree wtih Kibbles. Dragos chargrilled oysters are not to be missed and I'm not even an oyster fan.

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