Had some business calls to make in the city, saw some friends and got shook up pretty bad by their tales of the week after the storm.
So I stopped at Casamento's for lunch, had a dozen raw, some kind of beer I didn't recognize (not bad), sat in the back room and ordered a fried oyster plate. Then I got sentimental thinking about Joe Casamento and his long deceased sister, Linda Gerdes (best waitress in town in her day), broke down and had a good cry sitting there drinking my beer waiting for my erstas.
I know, it's supposed to be about food. Well, the oysters are really small but pretty good. The fried potatoes are fine as always - fresh sliced and deep fried - never frozen.
Casamento's was packed. They had an all star cast of eaters jammed in the back today - Ed Cohen, the Rabbi from Temple Sinai; Amanda Goldstein's husband Frank (that's right - he had the balls to marry this board's Amanda); Wayne Picou from the Tulane Insider web site; and Delia Neese from Pride Marketing (she married Jonathan Wright, who used to be the head chef at the Windsor Court). Always impresses me that New Orleans is such a small place and how often you know just about half of any crowd.
I was trying to spy out what everyone else was eating, and it mostly looked like raw oysters, fried oysters, and soft shell crabs. The soft shells were biggish but kind of pricey at around $11.95 or $12.95 each. More medium sized than small.
Surprisingly, I was told that they may shorten their lunch hours back to 2 p.m. because it slows down after 2.