I have been an oyster lover for most of my life, including those in my home town New Orleans. However, I've lived in Chicago for the last 15 years and get many varieties of oysters from Canada, Washington State and the east coast (e.g., salt aires, malpeques, watch hills), about twenty dollars a dozen here (sigh). I'll be in New Orleans for two weeks in November and will be making oysters runs quite frequently. Two things concern me: (1)are only blue points available in N.O. and (2)where can I get fresh oysters that are not too gritty or warm? My initial thought on the warm thing is that they sell so many oysters in N.O. in such a short time, the oysters don't have time to chill.
I don't mean to sound like an oyster snob but I've gotten use to the taste of a good cold oyster that doesn't include the dirt. My usual hangouts are Felix's and Acme, which both have had this issue in the past (at least on my visits). Just trying to enhance my N.O. oyster experience. All thoughts and suggestions are appreciated.