Clicking Away in New Orleans: Off the Beaten Path Part II, The Restaurants (Oyster bar and Beignet)Posted: November 17, 2013
Well, talking about oysters, I was so lucky to be in NOLA during oyster season. (Please, see my last post “Off the Beaten Path Part I” for the best oysters from Pascal’s Manale for the completion.) I LOVE oysters, especially really fresh ones. In New Orleans oysters don’t have pearls in them like the rest of the country so, they are cheaper. (I hope you know that I’m BSing) No, it’s not THAT, but oysters there are so inexpensive.
I have to make sure that they charged me right because when I ordered oysters someplace else, it would be $2-3/ each. In New Orleans it is $5-7/ half dozen! If that is still too much for you, how about $9-14/dozen. I was in oyster heaven (maybe the oyster thought it was hell, but I haven’t heard that directly from them, though).
So, which oyster bar Chef Markvs told me to visit
The first one is the old school oyster bar on Magazine St. You probably know which one I’m about to tell you. Casamento’s is the first one. By the way they said “Our Fried Seafood is Gluten Free!” and also served “Gluten Free Beer”. I seriously don’t need anything gluten free but I think it is pretty in trend right now to let you know about THAT.
WHERE: Casamento’s Restaurant
4330 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115
Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Thursday – Saturday 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Closed June, July and August and all Major Holidays
(Sometimes they close in April-August. If they can’t get good oysters, they won’t open their doors)
Walk in or you can try calling.
Also this place is CASH ONLY
WHAT: Oysters, baby!
And don’t miss the oyster stew.
I didn’t get a chance to eat their grilled oysters this trip because they don’t’ serve that for lunch.
Another one is near by the airport. Chef Markvs told me to “Go there as soon as you arrive and leave the airport.” I didn’t have a chance to do so immediately upon my arrival, but I got there on my way to visit the Plantations and—the best thing—I stopped there to get food for my flight home.
The place is called “Harbor Seafood & Oyster Bar” a little restaurant next to a market called “Fisherman’s Cove” on Williams Blvd., minutes away from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.
This place is so inexpensive I though they calculated my check wrong. I ordered several items and the bill came, $20. I though ‘How is this possible?’.
So, I told the waitress.
“I had half a dozen of fresh oysters too.”
She looked at the check and pointed to the $5 item on the check and said,
“Here” Then she looked at me like, and you don’t know about this!
What do you think about fresh raw oysters at $5/half dozen?
WHERE: Harbor Seafood & Oyster Bar
3201 Williams Boulevard
Kenner, Louisiana 70065.
WHEN: Daily from 11am – 10:30pm.
HOW: Just walk in. I don’t even know if they take any reservations.
WHAT: All kind of seafood. I love their fresh oysters and turtle soup.
Talking all about seafood / soul food here, what about beignets, you may ask. Of course I ate beignets, but not at the Cafe du Monde this time. They reminded me of the Thai style “Pa-Tong-goh” ปาท่องโก๋, the Thai/Chinese fried dough and “O-Youa” โอยัวะ, hot coffee (of course with roasted tamarind seed mixed in with the coffee beans).
Chef Markvs told me about another coffee place out of town called “The Morning Call Coffee Stand”, another coffee house that has a long history and used to be in French Quarter competing with the famous Cafe du Monde for over hundred years, until 1974. They moved to this new location.
WHERE: The Morning Call Coffee Stand
Directly behind Lakeside Mall
3325 Severn Avenue
WHEN: Open 24 Hours – 7 days per week
Closed only on Christmas Day
HOW: OpenTable or call but not necessary
I’ve found that I liked the beignets there way more than Cafe du Monde. They make them lighter, meaning more open crumb (as shown) and the taste of it is better. I will have to try to make them one of these days when I’m not on the road as much.
What is more interesting than beignets is they served savory dishes as well.