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The Oyster Report

Houstons, 1755 St. Charles Avenue

So the other day my honey and I went to lunch at Houston’s on St. Charles Avenue. I know many mock a chain restaurant, but locals like Houston’s. The food is good, the place is good looking, there’s free off street parking, and it’s not too expensive.

We settled into a big ass booth and ordered a couple of Abitas on tap, and started off lunch with the wood fired grilled artichoke. Then our waitress told us the specials, and did she say oysters?!!! Yes indeed,  Houston’s has oysters! They do an appetizer big enough for my lunch, of fried oysters on top of spinach with a dollop of a divine sauce. A couple of shakes of hot sauce, and man I was in heaven. It had been weeks since I had oysters at Coquette, and little did I know then they would be the last ones for a good long while. Our lovely waitress told us they are getting oysters from a secret stash in Barataria untouched by the sick slick.

So I started calling around town to see what the state of the oyster is in New Orleans. And I am happy to report it’s better than I expected.

This is an informal investigation based on places I go to eat oysters.

Here’s the list:

Houston’s – YES  (local oysters)

Acme – YES

Commanders Palace – YES (they’re Louisiana oysters)

Desire – YES

Felix’s – YES

Drago’s – NO, but they are doing char broiled Mussels instead.

La Thai – YES  (local oysters from Houma)

Sake Cafe  – YES (oysters from the Pacific coast)

Mahoney’s Po’Boy Shop – YES  (there is $1.50 surcharge per sandwich)

Magazine Street Po’ Boy Shop YES (but don’t know for how much longer)

Oysters every which way

So get out there and eat some oysters! Everybody I talked to said they don’t know how long they can keep ’em coming.

I’ll be updating the list weekly, and let me know where you are finding oysters!

Valorie Hart is an interior decorator, stylist, and event designer. She lives in the Irish Channel just off Magazine Street where she loves to walk and shop. She relocated to New Orleans from New York in the year 2000, and is affectionately known as a New New. She writes the popular blog Visual Vamp.

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