Restaurants & Bars New Orleans Oysters Restaurant Nostalgia

Still there? Just wondering.

Chefpaulo | | Jul 19, 2009 12:05 PM

Greetings NOLA folks,
I'm a Philly hound and haven't been down your way in 32 years but remember all oh, so well. I came down with the love-of-my-life in 1977 (didn't work out) to visit her sister and BF in Kenner. We came into NO frequently, did Preservation Hall (with the original crew), had b'fast at Brennan's (Scotch milk punch, turtle soup, Eggs Sardou and Bananas Foster) and did many a shot on Bourbon St. I found three matchbooks recently and was wondering if these places were still in existence:

1.) Messina's: This was an oyster bar that was really old with white mosaic tile floors and marble counters and wells worn in from a century of shucked shells. You just let the counter man shuck and roll them into your well untli you could take no more. Heaven! Also, they had a great crab gumbo.

2.) Visco's: Somewhat outside of town (on the shore of the Lake?) with a big grill and steamers in the middle of the restaurant, A great view of the water. I'm assuming was the Lake.

3.) Fat City: This was THE bar to go to for the 20's crowd. Also somewhat outside of town. What a night!!!

Are they still in biz or have they gone by the wayside? Any memories to share? I must get down your way again soon.


Back to top

More posts from Chefpaulo