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Best Fried Oysters

Deborah Feb 23, 2010 12:32 PM

Will be in NOLA in May for a week. Please give me restaurant recommendations for fried oysters. Thanks

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    latasche Apr 9, 2010 07:56 AM

    This recommendation isn't in line with the other fried seafood oriented recommendations, but the fried oysters at Baru are outstanding. Had them a couple of weeks ago and cannot stop thinking about them. They are perfectly fried and served with a delicious cilantro aioli for dipping. Although I think Baru is great, I wouldn't necessarily eat a whole meal there during your trip, but if you happen to be wandering down Magazine street, window shopping, etc., it would be worthwhile to stop in for a quick snack.

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    1. re: latasche
      dec111 May 3, 2010 02:07 PM

      The trick to fried oysters is that they have to be wet inside. Often they are over-fried and they taste like fried stones, so just ask for them "wet inside". I find that it works.

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      lawstudent Apr 8, 2010 01:06 PM

      Is May good for oysters? I'm not sure.

      Keep in mind I have never tried Dick & Jenny's or Casamento's oysters. However, I find it difficult to believe they can be much better than the scrumptious fried balls of heaven on the Mat & Naddie's fried oyster salad (the green onion remoulade dressing takes it to a whole 'nother level) or the oysters amandine from Maple St. Cafe. The best amandine in town, no matter if its fish or oyster, in my opinion.

      My mouth is watering now. I need oysters!

      Maple St Cafe
      7623 Maple St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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        figndate Apr 8, 2010 11:44 AM

        +1 for Dick and Jenny's. Truly outstanding.

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          kibbles Mar 1, 2010 08:36 AM

          Antoine's Hermes Bar has an Oyster Foche Poboy which is fried oysters on a mini Leidenheimer french loaf smeared w/ foie gras and a dark savory sauce and served w/ fried pickle. its outstanding and only $9.

          1. N.O.Food Feb 28, 2010 02:07 PM

            Casamento's fries in Lard. Nuff said.

            1. uptownlibrarian Feb 24, 2010 05:00 AM

              The fried oysters at Stanley are really good. Even when they've been really busy, the oysters have been hot and freshly fried.

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                JazzyB Feb 24, 2010 04:51 AM


                1. uhockey Feb 24, 2010 04:12 AM

                  ...the friend oysters with brie at Clancy's are quite extrordinary, though pricey.

                  1. edible complex Feb 23, 2010 07:42 PM

                    had fried oysters at Mandina's today and RiverPond Seafood yesterday. both very good,

                    1. N.O.Food Feb 23, 2010 05:18 PM

                      Gotta go with Casamento's. All their fried stuff is really good.

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                        mimadeli Feb 23, 2010 06:05 PM

                        Another vote for Casamento's. They come out piping hot and when you bite into them they explode with oyster goodness in your mouth. Galatoire's oysters en brochette is pretty delicious too. Another option for good oysters, especially on the half shell is Bozo's in Metairie.

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                          texasredtop Feb 23, 2010 06:49 PM

                          I liked Bozo's fried oysters too. It's been awhile since I've been there, pre-K. I tried to eat there on the way out of town evacuating the Saturday before K hit but they were closed. I don't think I even knew they were reopened. Or maybe I'd just forgotten about them since it had been so long.

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                            stvtunlvzn Feb 23, 2010 07:22 PM

                            I've spent a considerable amount of time in Metairie the past year and have been trying quite a few different places to eat while in town. I'll have to say that Bozo's was the biggest dissapointment of all the local restaurants. I'll have to stick with Cassemento for fried oysters.

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                              stvtunlvzn Feb 23, 2010 07:30 PM

                              vid of Casamento's. Damn making me hungry.

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                                kibbles Mar 1, 2010 08:33 AM

                                really? i recently tried Bozo's fried erster poboy and thought it was delicious - salty and sweet at the same time, loved it.

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                          underworld gourmet Feb 23, 2010 04:31 PM

                          I like Jack Dempsey's oysters--wonderful coating. Also the Village Inn inHarahan does good fried oysters.

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                            edible complex Feb 23, 2010 07:40 PM

                            agree on Village Inn. they were at least 3-4" in length last week. the raw are $0.25 each on Tues/Wed. get there early.

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                            BrooksNYC Feb 23, 2010 03:43 PM

                            Casamento's is my hands-down favorite (for raw and fried oysters), and you'll be visiting just before the restaurant closes for the summer (from June through August).


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                            1. re: BrooksNYC
                              midcity Feb 28, 2010 08:51 AM

                              +1 on Casamento's. Get there early so you don't wait outside.

                            2. texasredtop Feb 23, 2010 01:18 PM

                              Casamento's are good. The oyster loaf is made on thick bread, not a po-boy type bun that others use. I like that. But I'm going for the soft shelled crab next visit.

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                                roro1831 Feb 23, 2010 12:40 PM

                                I think the fried oysters at Dick and Jenny's are outstanding

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                                  phyllisstein Feb 23, 2010 06:07 PM

                                  I agree with roro. Dick & Jenny's fried oysters are the benchmark against which I judge all others. They have been my favorite ones in town since the first one I ate 9 years ago. Through owner and chef changes, the oysters have remained a constant there.

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