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Mar 3, 2014 12:14 PM

Best no frills oyster bar in N.O.

Just some good fresh shuckin. Any suggestions?

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  1. Lotsa candidates but I default to Cooter Browns..of course I used to train the shuckers there in the 1970s so I am prejudiced.

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    1. re: hazelhurst

      Really HH? How long did you work there? I think the first time I made an appearance was about 1980 for 2 buck pitchers.

      1. re: roro1831

        I never worked there..I was a regular when at Tulane. The joke,at the time, was that there were a few of us who knew how to shuck--and we had our own knives. So we'd help out when they were slammed. Rex (not the parade) got beached in 1980 or so and he relied on us to help break in the kids who came to town for Mardi Gras, got drunk, got broke and needed to make $. So we ended up teaching the "snot-nosed New Jersey boys'[generic term] how to shuck. For years afterwards I could go in there and be bumped to the front of the oyster orders. No more..long ago, faraway. Let the kids play on that turf.

        1. re: hazelhurst

          Can you tell more stories about your time in New Orleans?


          1. re: sufficientlybuttered

            Hell, I get new ones every day. It is, without question, the most fun place on the planet.

            1. re: hazelhurst

              I look forward to the day when I can buy you drink . . .

              1. re: zin1953

                Oh my! What an honor. Get Bill Hunt involved and we can have a whale of a time (not that we wouldn't anyway) bBlly Fontenot will do real well..

                Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray...

                1. re: hazelhurst

                  FWIW, the next trip is March 19-25 . . . damn! That's soon!!!

                  1. re: zin1953

                    Gee, that would be swell...except I have St Pat's Party--a big expense--on Monday and I don't know what the rest of that week offers..other than recovery.

                    1. re: hazelhurst

                      Well, if you find that you come up with a sudden hankering, check out my profile for a way to contact me . . . ;^)

                      1. re: zin1953

                        Will do..I think from now until Jazz Fest is looking kinda Charlie-Foxtrot-ish though. (Assuming I don't die from trying to get the flu on Mardi Gras..what a day! Now, in the word of the late, great Phil Johnson, on to "the solemnity of Lent!")

    2. As a former employee of the Playboy Club who regularly visited Pete Fountain's and Al Hirt's on Bourbon after work and can also attest to it being the funnest place on the planet, I'd like to meet you and Hunt for a drink too! I had nine different addresses over 25 years there and am feeling nostalgic for it today, the day after Mardi Gras . . . .

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      1. re: bronwen

        On my 12th Birthday we were walking from Solari's garage to Galatoire's and a Bunny winked at me through the glass at the front door. I was hooked,

        I always liked Al's house in the Quarter: he pulled in the wooden steps at night to keep drunks from sleeping..and other things..on them.

      2. In the Quarter I always go to Felix's. I'm sure Acme is swell, but I'm not going to stand in line for oysters.

        Uptown I have always enjoyed the oyster bar in Pascal's Manale. However, I haven't been in a few years.

        1. I like Felix's in the Quarter and Harbor in Kenner.