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Oct 9, 2012 01:59 PM

Acme vs Pearl vs Casamentos

I'm heading down in December. Which would you recommned for oysters -- taking into account quality, price and atmosphere. Or is there somewhere else you would suggest?


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  1. I have not been in a while, but Casamento's has always had great oysters. You should also go to Drago's (I prefer the Metairie location) for their raw, fried and/or charbroiled oysters. I have always preferred Felix over Acme, but understand Felix is having a few money problems at the moment. Have never been to the Pearl.

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    1. re: TaTee

      I was In Felix's last month and destroyed 2 doz oysters while the folks across the street waited in line. The oysters were huge and delicious.

    2. Luke happy hour is my new favorite

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      1. Okay, there's no contest here. Head out to Casamento's. Really. It's not even close. They could serve those oysters in a prison cell and all the other criteria wouldn't matter.

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        1. re: hamsoda

          Absolutely agree. For a variety of reasons, Casamento's.

          1. re: hamsoda

            Another vote for Casamento's! It's a small restaurant, and there may be a wait for tables if you show up during peak lunch hours. The alternative is to arrive 15 minutes before doors open, or wait until the the lunch hordes have thinned -- say, after 2:00 pm. weekdays.

            Have a great visit!

            1. re: BrooksNYC

              They close promptly at 2:00 and reopen at 5:30 between lunch and dinner.

              1. re: uptownlibrarian

                Appreciate the heads-up! Actually, according to the website it's:

                Tuesday - Saturday 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
                Thursday - Saturday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
                Closed Sunday-Monday

                Since my last visit (2004) they've added a day off, and I've a feeling the hours have changed too. Could've sworn we stopped in mid-afternoon. We had the whole restaurant to ourselves!

          2. It is hard to disagree with Casamento's for all things oyster, but allow me suggest Pascal Manale's for a raw oyster bar experience you will not forget. The raw bar is in the front room, with the liquor bar, so you don't need to eat dinner there or have a reservation. Oysters are always cold and usually large. You won't regret it!

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            1. re: sirvelvet

              Just curious, but isnt it Pascal'S Manale rather than Pascal Manale'S? [I dont live there; I really dont know.]

              And for the sake of mentioning it, I am that seemingly rare bird, a fan of Acme. I've never experienced the tourist lines as I always go between 2 and 4 in the afternoon and walk right in. The charcoal broiled oysters are what I want for my last meal.

                1. re: Gizmo56

                  That absolutely is correct, but no one says it that way.

                  1. re: uptownlibrarian

                    Since Chowhound is a text conversation, not a voice conversation, I think it makes sense to use the correct name, in case people need to look it up in a search engine, etc.

            2. Thanks everyone.. This has been a great help. I wil look into Pascal Manale's (you are not Pascal are you?) While I have your attention I have another question or two: For a bar to get some crawfish and watch a football game I'd usually go to Frankie & Johnny's but the reviews lately sound terrible? Any suggestions? Assume Domilise's is still good for po boys? Is Mother's worth the wait for my friend who has never been to NO? A better place for Muffalatta's than Central Grocery? And finally, is Mosca's still good? Thanks

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              1. re: Hank Stamper

                If you do go to Pascal Manale's, make sure you get the BBQ shrimp...they are the originators and they are delicious. Not a fan of Emeril's version...too much Lea & Perrin. Muffalattas are great at NorJoes on Frisco Avenue, just across the Metairie Road RR tracks. Crawfish and Football do not usually go together...we will get some very expen$ive ones in sometime in December and in the spring, when they are reasonable and plentiful, foootball is over.