Acme Oyster House, New Orleans

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724 Iberville Street • New Orleans, LA 70130 504-522-5973

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    Acme Oyster: Best Oyster House in Town

    by much2do Updated Feb 4, 2005

    If you love raw oysters, there is no better in freshness, size and taste than Acme. They have several oysters bars in town, this is the best. While you are there have a oyster shooter ( vodka, hot sauce and an oyster in a shot glass)

    Favorite Dish: Raw Oysters, fried oysters

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    Acme Oyster: The oysters are worth the line

    by bcorbitt Written Jan 5, 2005

    You cannot miss this place as even early in the night the line wraps around the corner to get a table. The menu is simple as oysters serve front and center. The other food is good and cheap and abita washes it down well. You do not come for the decor or the slow meal. Come with an appetite and some cash as you probably will want a second order of the oysters.

    Favorite Dish: Oysters, oysters oysters. Suck them down on the half shel by the half dozen. The rice and beans will fill you up also.

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    Acme Oyster: Must do!

    by benakelly Written Oct 11, 2004

    When you are lucky enough to get in (almost always has a line out front) it is worth the wait.

    Favorite Dish: My preference is the raw oysters on the half shell. I have also had the Gumbo and the Jambolaya (maybe spelled wrong). They also have some other great dishes but I was to full to try them all. The beer was cold!

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    Acme Oyster...: Gulf Oysters & Po Boy

    by Cabana_Boy Updated Aug 18, 2004

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    Acme Oysters in the French Quarter

    Perhaps the best oyster house in the city, Acme’s been serving up the slimy Gulf mollusks for quite awhile….they’ve added a few locations around the city/north shore over the years, but the one in the quarter is the best to go to and represents all the history that is Acme….

    The interior has a look and feel like an old shoe, it’ll even smell like an old shoe while you’re waiting for a table out on Iberville Street…and there in lies the problem with Acme, too many people trying to get in….Acme gets insanely crowded during the lunch and dinner hours and it’s not surprising to see the same crowds in the middle of the afternoon…regardless, the place is an institution and should be experienced by any foodie who loves oysters…

    By the way, if you are merely looking to boost the libido and the crowds at Acme have you down, head across the street to Felix’s Oyster Bar…they got the same gulf coast oysters and far less crowds….I would even venture to say that I like the look and feel of Felix’s interior better…there’s none of the typical “bar” paraphernalia which you’ll find at Acme…just a lot of fake wood grain paneling that gives you a sense of feel like you’ve been transported back to the 1960s and you’re hanging out in a small town diner in Wisconsin…

    Favorite Dish: The Peace's a Po-Boy with golden fried oysters and shrimp with a special Tabasco based Mayonnaise infused in them. This should definitely be washed down with an Abita Amber...

    For oysters, I go raw of course, I saddle up to the bar near the front and the shucker keeps 'em coming, add a little horseradish and red sauce to the slimy salt water
    bugger sittin' on the cracker and drop it down my throat....again, washed down with the Abita....

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    ACME Oyster House: Hello Oysters!

    by jadedmuse Updated Aug 8, 2004

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    courtesy of ACME Oyster House website

    If you're into oysters, this is the place to get them. It's been around since the early 1900s and is beloved by locals, although it caters to a tourist palette now.

    The oyster artichoke soup is a must-try. The red beans and rice here are pretty good, and if you're a true oyster connoisseur, you'll want to order them straight up on the half shell. Tobasco sauce is a must here.

    Casual dining. (Less than $7 for a dozen, and less than $5 for a half dozen).

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  • Acme Oyster: The Best Memory You'll Have of New Orleans

    by kimcanada Written Jun 12, 2004

    Sit at the bar, sit at the bar, sit at the bar!!!1
    I had my first raw Oyster here and it was a great time. Cold beer and raw oysters just set down on the marble bar. A riot to have fun with the shuckers! Ask to see the xrated pics, they're a riot. The absolute best time to be had in New Orleans.

    Favorite Dish: Oysters, from Lousiana. They're huge! The crawfish are yummy, spicy and plentiful. Jambalaya is a really good treat as well.

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    Acme Oyster: Gimme a po-boy.

    by Bela_LUng Written May 1, 2004

    The ACME grill was recommended to me while I was sitting on a chair on the side of Bourbon street while sipping a beer having my shoe's shined. I was told it was the best damn food in the French Quarter so I had to investigate.

    I had the Oysters and a cajun catfish po-boy. And a beer of course. hehe. All three were excellent.

    The ACME tends to be popular so a line up forms at the door near dinner time. I recommend getting a beer from a nearby bar and waiting it out in the line. If you don't get in, at least you're still working on that shine :)

    PS: Yes i do have a drinking problem!!!

    Favorite Dish: Catfish Po-boy. It's a nice catfish filet spiced up with some cajun spices and fried up. Then it's slapped into a bun with some mayo, lettuce and tomato's. Damn fine meal.

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    Acme Oyster: Don't Miss the Oyster Po' Boys!

    by nicolettart Updated Feb 22, 2004
    Fried Oyster Po' Boy

    Favorite Dish: As you can see, there's no shortage of oysters in this sandwich! When you walk in, you'll see a row of about a dozen men just shucking oysters for the po' boys!

    I think there's also an OysterCam if you want to see what's happening in the restaurant 24 hrs/day, but I don't know the URL!

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    Acme Oyster: if oysters ar your thing. bar atmosphere

    by dat123 Written Feb 4, 2004

    Fun place to see and have a couple of beers. if you like oysters this is for you they go through 18,000 oysters a day so you know there fresh. The rest of the food is just ok. there are better places in town. see other reviews

    Favorite Dish: sausage po boy

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    Acme Oyster: Tasty treats at Acme Oyster

    by Zarah Written Jan 26, 2004

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    Acme Oyster's pearls

    We loved Acme Oyster. We ate here almost every day for lunch! I wasn't really a fan of raw oysters until I tried them here. I would highly recommed the oyster po' boy, catfish po' boy, broiled crawfish and a tall glass of spicy bloody mary to wash it all down.

    Tip: Sit at the bar. They serve everything from the menu here, and you won't have to wait as long to get seated. You can chat with the friendly waitresses behind the bar and ask for suggestions of where to go for your next meal.

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    Acme Oyster House: Busy, loud, fun atmosphere

    by acemj Updated Jul 9, 2003

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    I had a great time at this loud and fun oyster house. I sat at the bar and met two guys in the steel business from El Salvador. I had fun practicing my Spanish with them and sharing boiled crawfish.

    Favorite Dish: The trick to eating boiled crawfish is to twist off the tail, suck the head and pinch the tail meat into your mouth. Mmmmmm. I also tried the gumbo and sampled Jorge's (one of the El Salvadoran guys) jambalaya. I'd also recommend a local beer, either Abita or Dixie. They also have a great beer from Texas called Shiner that was great.

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    Acme Oyster House: No trip to N.O. is complete without a trip to Acme

    by Wilson Updated Apr 28, 2003

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    New Orleans landmark since 1910. Now there is 3 locations but the original is on Iberville in the French Quarter. Serves great oysters and seafood.

    There is always a line but it moves fairly quickly. Tip; Go inside and grab a beer or a hurricane to have with you while you wait in line outside.

    Favorite Dish: Appetizer: Boiled Crawfish. Start off with a pound of crawfish. Great seasoning and what's better than ripping apart shell fish with your hands!

    Main Dish: Shrimp Po' Boy. It you like po' boys, this is for you. They also have "The Peace Maker" - fried shrimp and fried oysters with tabasco mayo for those with the stomach.

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    ACME Oyster Co.: Crawfish were pricey, but it was worth it!

    by groovy_23 Updated Nov 17, 2002

    This place must have a reputation, because we were there at 10:30pm and there was a line out the door. We ordered 1lb of boiled crawfish and had NO idea how to eat them. The oyster shucker behind the bar was nice enough to help us out. He called himself "Black Magic" and he was HILARIOUS! The crawfish were good, but expensive for what meat we got out of it. I would recommend this place though.

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    Acme Oyster & Seafood House -...

    by seth0919 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Acme Oyster & Seafood House - they have great crawfish and oysters. There's a guy shucking oysters at the walk-up bar that's been there for years...he was telling us that he can shuck between 3-5 thousand oysters a day! A fun hangout worth the stop!
    The bar even has a webcam focused on it so all your friends can watch you party and eat/drink while they're stuck back home or in the office.

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  • Acme Oyster Bar. Great oysters...

    by Randyo2 Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Acme Oyster Bar. Great oysters shucked in front of you. Also get a side order of the jambalaya....Excellent!!!
    Also Angeli's on Decatur and Gov. Nicholls has Great mid-Eastern food. Angeli's is a GREAT find. Also, even though it's a little touristy, you gotta have beignets and cafe au lait at the Cafe du Monde

    Favorite Dish: At the Acme... sit at the bar and get the oysters and Jambalaya... At Angeli's get the hummis and roasted peppers for appitizer and the eggplant sandwich for entree.

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