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Sep 20, 2013 10:16 AM

chargrilled oysters

To get my fix of chargrilled oysters, do I need to go to Drago's, or are the versions at Acme, Felix's, Superior, or elsewhere just as good? By Drago's I mean the one at the Hilton. I love the chargrilled oysters, but the location in the Hilton just turns me off, and I'd rather go elsewhere if possible. Acme or Felix's is going to be a stop on my itinerary regardless.

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  1. If you have a car, go out to Drago's in Metairie, worth the drive; food is superior. I do not care for the Hilton location at all.!!!! Have had a passable version at Acme in Metairie, I have never waited in line to get into the FQ location, but would guess that it would be OK. Felix's has been in flux of late, not sure about their version.

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      1. re: LorenzoGA

        The previous ownership of Felix's took it into bankruptcy court and during its travails at that time it had to operate without a liquor license.

        It thankfully now has new properly capitalized ownership, and a new liquor license, and serves the same great oysters.

        1. re: Gizmo56

          During a mid July visit to Felix those in the group who ordered grilled oysters thought they were quite good. One of those makes very good grilled oysters himself. I had fried oyster salad that was also good. New atmosphere there is pretty weak.

          1. re: collardman

            We were just there. Agreed about the new atmosphere –– it was better pre-renovation. But the raw oysters were still delicious and the staff were still friendly, and no silly line like Acme across the street.

            As far as chargrilled oysters go, we had some delicious specimens at Casamento's.

    1. For what it is worth, I think the Acme chargrilled oysters are better than Drago's in the Hilton. I have never been to the Metaire location so I have no comment on that.

      1. My take is as follows: I've had chargrilled oysters at both of Drago's locations (many times in Metarie, once in the Hilton) and I found the ones I had in the Hilton to be more-or-less equivalent to those in Metarie (I know I'm swimming against the current here on that one). I've also had them in many other places, including Felix among those mentioned above, and have never yet hit any that were even close to Drago's in quality; in fact, I have invariably found them to be pathetic in comparison. So my recommendation would be to go to Drago. Personally I'm fine with driving out to Metarie (when we visit NOLA, we stay at an RV park on the Industrial and always get around by car, including street parking in the FQ). If that's not possible then go to the Hilton.

        1. I am not local - tourist from the left coast - I have only had the charbroiled oysters at Drago's in Metarie - really good! Was in town last April for the Women's Final Four - had 1/2 dozen charbroiled and the cob salad - was a very happy camper.
          I did see charbroiled oysters on the menu at Oceana on Conti in the Quarter, made a note to try them on my next trip.

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          1. re: Bigshadetree

            I'm guessing you haven't seen the Kitchen Nightmares "Oceana" episode or more recently:

            1. re: JazzyB

              Whoa - I'm going to check this episode out - thanks!

          2. My dislike of the Drago's at the Hilton location has nothing to do with the food. It is the service...or rather the lack thereof.
            Servers were aloof, almost downright rude. Once was enough.

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            1. re: TaTee

              It sounds like we had similar experiences, except that what we got, seemed to have already been eaten by others - shells, with bread crumbs, and maybe a bit of cheese, and if there were any oysters, they were finely minced?

              Unless I hit the Lottery, and decided to "take one for the team," I would never return.

              For anyone interested, a full review is on this board, about 3-4 years ago.