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Dec 10, 2009 04:55 PM

Best Raw Bar

Getting ready for another trip and wanted to know what restaurant has the best raw bar.
Thanks in advance.

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  1. Acme, Felix, Casamento's, Bourbon House, Desire Oyster, Luke, La Cote Brasserie, Pascal's Manale, Cooter Brown's, Bozo's, Dockside, Drago's in Metairie

    what part of town do you want? what atmosphere? happy hours?

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    1. re: edible complex

      As ever, ec's list is comprehensive and spot-on. Only addition from me is Harbor Seafood on Williams in Kenner ('close' to airport, for 1st or last snack)

    2. Thanks for the recommendations, and I plan on eating at many of these restaurants. What is Luke's Happy Hour all about. A friend of mine told me it is the best deal in town.

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          1. re: uptownlibrarian

            Bourbon House for sure for the ultimate luxury. and Ive always been fond of the funkiness of pascal manales.

        1. re: Crazy Oyster

          Note: not all of these restaurants have "raw bars" so much as they serve raw Gulf oysters. You won't be able to get any other kind of oyster at most of these places, and the presentation and accoutrements are very downmarket here -- dirty tray, cocktail fork, plastic portion cup of horseradish, saltines. "Raw bar" to me connotes a more luxe experience, so I don't want you to go in with the wrong expectations.

          That said, I believe Luke does serve Atlantic oysters, and some of the other higher-end places might as well.

          Also, judging my your nickname you probably are aware of this, but you should insist on fresh-shucked oysters. A lot of places shuck dozens ahead of time and have them chilling in a fridge until they're served. If they only have fresh shucked at the bar, sit at the bar.

          1. re: HalfShell

            So, which "raw bars" do you recommend?

            1. re: Tom Hall

              Hey Tom
              Do you best to seek out some non-pasteurized oysters, such as P & J's.

              Last week, we had some freshly shucked P&J's (straight out of the cooler) at Swirl Wine bar along with a lovely sancerre (They'll be doing this on seasonal monthly basis). Nice size, salty, cold - heaven on the half shell!

              The next night, we stopped in at Royal House for another doz or two. They were Crystal Sea brand and pasteurized because, while plump and big, there was zero taste. None.

              So let your Holy Oyster Grail trail lead you to some P&J's!