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Sep 24, 2012 10:31 AM

Oysters after Isaac

We leave for NO in 10 days for a long planned food adventure.

While recognizing that Isaac caused physical, emotional and financial pain to thousands of people, I have to ask the question: How is the supply and quality of oysters bouncing back? Raw oysters and Poorboys are a big part of our itinerary....Cassamentos, Felix, etc.

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  1. Many of the areas closed either by Isaac or as a precaution before Isaac have re-opened. As of Sept 10, 11 of the 28 closed areas were reopened. I'm sure additional areas have reopened since then.

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    1. re: Hungry Celeste

      I was told..but cannot confirm..that all of the normally open areas are now open. I had some from Zone 3 and 5 last week and they re-opened (I think) on the 18th.

      1. re: hazelhurst

        Some places are still having trouble getting them, but I've had a few. Quality is just so-so, but it's early yet.

        1. re: hjacmc

          We are going to be there on Oct 5th for a week.

          Living in Wisconsin, we are dying for Louisiana oysters....

    2. This is just a light brush on what we experienced in oysters this past week.

      We had a dinner group at Vegas Tapas and one of the group always orders the oyster salad if it is on a restaurant menu. He did Saturday and was very pleased with it. Admittedly, fried oysters can cover what raw oysters can't.

      Last night we ate at Acme on the north shore. It was stricken from my list after our last visit but was the choice as our first choices were closed Tuesdays and it had some quasi "healthy" food that one of our party needed. The raw oysters were just OK. They were not briney and only a few had a good oystery flavor. Good oysters I eat straight. Bad oysters end up a base for cocktail sauce. These were in the middle and took a tiny dab of lemon and sauce to fill out the taste.
      The bigger surprise was that the meal was not bad and I didn't feel like it was a waste of money. It is now off my never go there list although still way down the list when there are choices.

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      1. re: collardman

        Thanks for the info.

        For us, I guess mediocre oysters are better than none at all!

        1. re: Mountaindog

          I wasn't sure of the source but my BIL is a neighbor of the owner of P&J,s Oysters and he told me they supply Acme. So that is a good source. It may just be the site of his beds. I would have thought with the low river the beds around the Mississippi Delta would be providing saltier oysters

          1. re: collardman

            You have to take into account the rainfall..that hurricane dumped a bunch of water so the salinity takes time to come back up. A friend is an expert at looking at the rainfalls, run-off, and calculating where the oysters have been flushed with fresh water and then figures a certain number of days for the salt to get back in. It looks like ouija board work to most people but he's damn good at selecting fine stuff.

            1. re: hazelhurst

              When does he thing they will be really good?

              1. re: Mountaindog

                I haven't seen him in a few weeks..and he puts on his alchemist's hat when he figures this stuff out..but I do know that ones I had from Zone 5 last week were beautiful and slightly salty but not very salty. There is rain expected this weekend and Paracelsus takes that into account. He then calls oyster outfits and finds out who is pulling from Zone "X" (his "chosen zone" for this week or an upcoming event) and who these are being sold to. This guy is connected, though, He worked boats, I think, was was a champion oyster shucker years ago.

                1. re: Mountaindog

                  I'm up in BR for the tailgate and the local paper reports that oysters have been slaughtered by fresh water (they'd like to say "decimated" but that is only a 10% loss). I gather the areas hardest hit are down around Houma. Good news--and this is of no help to your trip---is that the "set" of reproduction is vry good so two years from now ought to be great.

                  Article quoted an oysterman as saying that his family's beds made out OK but you could see the oysters had been cleaned off by the heavy rrush of fresh water.

                  1. re: hazelhurst

                    Thanks, I guess.....

                    It is what it is.....mediocre oysters are better than none at all.....