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'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).
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.
The lines out the door and down the block were a sign that this would be good. People were friendly and staff were helpful. The oyster bar was hopping, oysters were shuckin'; these were just the freshest, juiciest & hugest oysters I've ever eaten.
We stopped at the Acme Oyster Restaurant several times for dinner and again in the airport on our way home. Our oyster po boys were dressed & beautifully packed with Remoulade Sauce on the side.
Favorite Dish: Oysters, oysters & more oysters!
Loved the oyster po boys, oyster chowder Rockefeller, craw puppies, raw oysters, jambalaya ...
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.
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.
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....
the acme oyster house was established in 1910 and is one of the oldest restaurants in the french quarter. of course acme is famous for it's oysters and they also have very good cajun dishes that are moderately priced. the acme oyster house is a good dining value in the french quarter.
Acme Oyster House is a New Orleans institution. Though it can be quite touristy, with all the classic "must eat" New Orleans dishes, it's a one stop shop for any visitor. If you choose to only eat from the raw bar, you can bypass the line and stand at the bar while the shuckers prepare your food. It's conveniently located on Bourbon Street - closer to Canal Street.
This restaurant was so good that we had to go back one more time before we left town! Both times that we visited, we tried different things so we could try more things on their menu. I did not try one thing that I did not enjoy! Yumm, Yumm and Yumm!!!!
Favorite Dish: Everything was so good, I cannot decide which was the best!
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