Probably the best “erster” joint in the city, Casamento’s takes its oysters so seriously that it simply closes down when they’re not in peak season (well, Gulf oysters are always in season nowadays, but everyone needs a vacation). The subway-tiled restaurant has been family-owned since 1919. The oysters are scrubbed clean and well selected; the shucker is a hoot (if you dare him, he’ll shoot a bivalve into your mouth from across the room). You should absolutely take the plunge and order the oyster loaf: a whole loaf of bread fried in butter, filled with oysters (or shrimp), and fried again to seal it. Seriously.
New Orleans› Restaurant
4330 Magazine St
Our Rating Neighborhood Uptown Garden District Hours Thurs–Sat 11am–2pm and 5:30–9pm; Sun 5–9pm. Closed May 26–Sept 14 and major holidays Phone 504/895-9761 Prices Dozen raw oysters $15, main courses $9–$24, market price on some items Cuisine Type Seafood Web site Casamento’s Other No credit cards.
Map4330 Magazine St New Orleans
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