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Dirty Oysters across the street

Oxtail | Feb 17, 2005 01:35 PM

My wife and I just got back from a great 5-day stay in New Orleans, sampled some great food and had a wonderful time. Our first night in the city was a Friday and we intended to go to ACME - that is until we saw about 75 people waiting in line.

Well our hunger got the best of us, and we headed over to Felix's instead, where there were maybe 4 people in line. Being restaurant-savy, we were a little worried that Felix's would be somewhat of an ACME-overflow, tourist trap - and we were right. The staff was sparse and overwhelmed, the food mediocre - but the oysters were he biggest disappointment of all.

Now I've cleaned oysters at 2 restaurants, and I know that it's hard and you can't guarantee them to be free of some grit or shell matter. However, I don't believe that the 1/2 dozen I ate at Felix's were rinsed even once. There was mud and grit coating the shells and some of this matter even got over the lip and into the meat. Comparatively a minor detail but the presentation was also deplorable. Felix's oysters are served on a cheap plastic tray in a pool of the oysters' own muddy water. Many of the oysters have half-slid off their shell, and the others are still stuck to theirs. The only good thing about the experience, I guess, is that the oysters were very fresh.

I can accept the fact that we fell for the tourist trap, but I'm curious why some people on this board swear by the oysters at Felix's. Any comments from my fellow hounds?

BTW, we went to Acme for lunch the next day and the oysters were perfect!

Toronto Chowhound.

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