As much as I love upscale restaurants like Antoine's, I cannot afford to eat there every night. The Acme Oyster House was recommended to me by locals, who know where the really good places are. The food is excellent, and so is the service. And it's moderately priced. This is where regular working-class locals go to eat. The atmosphere is very relaxed, and dress is casual.
Favorite Dish: All the dishes are good. Many are fried, but still good.
It's all about the oysters and other seafood. The French Quarter location is not about ambiance as it's a hole in the wall. An experienced N.O. local who has eaten in certainly his share of fine restaurants internationally clued us in - he swears by Acme as his favorite.
Favorite Dish: charbroiled oysters - they're outstanding
Come on in and find a seat at the oyster bar. Fresh salty oysters opened in front of you!! Why sit at the bar? Because you get fun conversation with the men shucking the oysters and if they like you, they give you extra! Don't forget to order a bowl of gumbo or red beans & rice to go along with these raw treats!
This actually isn't the "original" Acme restaurant, the 1st one burned down (a long time ago) and they moved to a new location.
Come early and there is line, come late and there is a line, there's no way of getting into this place without a wait.......but stand in line and wait for it's well worth it once inside......and the wait will pay off when you have the most spectular oysters in your life......don't miss out trying there famous Pooy Boy sandwhich's that come in various forms, from fried oysters, to fried shrimp.. combo's...the prices are excellent...meaning cheap !!!!! Cold beers flow hand and hand with the simple service.......can't come to New Orleans without coming here and chucking some oysters !!! WELL WORTH IT !!!!! if possible sit at the oyster bar and watch how skillfully these people open oysters one after another without even flinching !!!!!
Favorite Dish: OYSTERS, OYSTERS, OYSTERS
Since we were in New Orleans on a mission to find great Cajun food, our roads led to the Acme Oyster house. With several locations throughout the Nawlins area, we figured it must be pleasing to the locals!
We were actually quite impressed with how good the food was, and the waitress was super nice! When asked which gumbo she liked the best... she said "Normally I am pretty opinionated... but on this one... I can't help you because they are both great!"
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
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.
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!
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 Maker...it'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....
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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