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Aug 11, 2013 02:13 PM

Oysters in NOLA

Where's the best place for oysters onthehalfshell?

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  1. Casamento's. It closes during the Summer months:

    If you are in town before September 10, try Felix's:

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    1. re: Gizmo56

      Uh oh...why before September 10th?

      1. re: gort

        Sep 10 is Casamento's re-opening date.

        1. re: hazelhurst

          PHEW! Thanks for clarifying –– was afraid Felix's might be closing or going on vacation.

      2. re: Gizmo56

        What's the best way to get to Casamento's from the FQ? Streetcar then walk? Or just cab it?

        1. re: JoanArkham

          Magazine Street bus. Goes right to it.

      3. There are several option in the FQ including Felix’s, ACME, Crescent City Brewhouse, Bourbon House and Desire’s. Uptown has a few as well, Casamento’s, Cooter Brown’s, Superior Seafood and Pascal’s Manale. As for the oyster themselves, they are all roughly the same, probably coming from the same purveyors (many are getting them from Restaurant Depot these days because of the price). You are better off asking yourself what type of atmosphere and location you are looking for and we might be able to direct you further.

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        1. re: shanefink

          Also downtown, Luke, Drago's, Peche (which has northeast and other varieties occasionally), and Redfish Grill.

        2. Concur with the Felix's recommendation. Was there on 8/7/13 and the oysters were good.

          Walked past Casamento's on 8/10/13 and shed a tear for a poorly scheduled vacation.

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          1. re: Monch

            In an earlier post I mentioned we had good oysters at Felix during TOTC.

            While not helpful to the OP, last week i went to Chimes in Covington for the first time. They have oyster happy hour and a special price on Thursdays' The raw oysters were quite good, better than those at Felix's. I asked and was told Chimes gets their oysters from a proprietary site in St. Bernard.

            1. re: collardman

              The last I heard, a few weeks ago, Chimes was getting theirs from RockHard Oyster Company. They were, awhile back starting theirs in Area Five and finishing in Area Three, the salinity in Three being thought better. When I first encountered their stuff, last summer, I told a Chimes owner that I'd never seen summer oysters look that good and he said the RockHard were the best, consistently, he's seen in thirty years in the business. They have invariably been excellent when I have had them in the winter.