The Louisiana Seafood Festival is coming up on Oct. 10-12, featuring live music, cooking demonstrations, an Oktoberfest beer garden and of course plenty of Louisiana seafood. But because we’re located in proximity to waterways that provide us with great seafood, you can enjoy this local treasure every day. Here’s a few places to find fresh seafood in New Orleans.
There’s nothing like choosing fresh fish from the seasonal bounty for yourself at one of New Orleans’ seafood markets. While it’s a bit of a drive from where you’re likely located in the city, we love the Westwego Shrimp Lot that’s off the Westbank Expressway, about 30 minutes from downtown New Orleans. Here you’ll find several vendors selling fresh-from-the-boat shrimp, crabs and other basics, plus more Louisiana specific proteins like alligator and turtle meat. Other favorite and more centrally located seafood markets to check out include Big Fisherman Seafood located Uptown on Magazine Street, Broadview Seafood on N. Broad Street in New Orleans’ 7th Ward, Castnet Seafood in New Orleans East.
New Orleans farmers markets specialize in local goods, and that includes seafood. Get to the Crescent City Farmers Markets outposts Uptown, in the Warehouse District and in Mid-City early to get your pick of fresh seafood from vendors. Hollygrove Market & Farm, open daily, also usually has someone selling fresh seafood outside the market. You can also order fresh fish from the local outpost of Good Eggs for pick-up or delivery.
A lot of New Orleans restaurants have seafood on the menu, but some restaurants focus on crafting menus featuring the freshest, most seasonally appropriate seafood dishes. These restaurants include casual joints to nationally acclaimed fine-dining eateries. For a fine dining experience in a casual, bustling setting, try the whole Gulf fish at Peche. Taking turns grabbing forkfuls of this big, beautiful whole fish with friends is the way Louisiana seafood is meant to be experienced. Other restaurants for the freshest seafood include: Borgne, GW Fins, Deanie’s Seafood and Casamento’s (get the oyster loaf).