My Review of Acme Oyster House in New Orleans
I seem to have a love-hate relationship with oysters.
It’s a flavor I enjoy from time to time, but definitely not a food I can eat on a regular basis. I’m also picky about how they’re prepared.
However, I’m married to a woman who loves oysters. Nicole is always interested anytime she hears about an “oyster night” at a restaurant and she has no problem polishing off a couple dozen oysters on the half shell.
During our vacation in New Orleans, I figured the Acme Oyster House in the French Quarter would be a good place to get our oyster fix.
We were fortunate to have great timing of being able to walk right in for lunch and be seated immediately. When we left a couple hours later, the line of folks waiting to get in had wrapped around the street.
The atmosphere at Acme Oyster House is extremely casual. While many restaurants in the French Quarter are fancier and dressier than you’d expect, Acme is a casual, loud, lively bar, which was just fine with me. It’s a bit touristy, but in some way or another, everything in the French Quarter is somewhat touristy.
I wanted to try oysters while in New Orleans, so seeing a shrimp & oyster po boy sandwich, known as the Fried Peace Maker Po Boy, that had been voted one of the best sandwiches in America on the menu seemed like a perfect fit. Nicole was much more authentic and ordered a dozen raw oysters.
My only complaint about the meal is that I wish my po boy would have had a little more seafood. For $13, I thought there was a generous amount of lettuce and bread. The shrimp and oysters were great - I just wanted more of them!
Nicole enjoyed her raw oysters, and considering she’s the oyster purist in the family, her opinion is much more valuable than mine on this topic.
Our entire trip to New Orleans was a culinary adventure, and Acme Oyster House was a fun stop along the way.
(Actually, most of our life is one big culinary adventure. Don’t hate!)