A heartfelt thanks to all of you for your recommendations.
On our way in to southern Louisiana we stopped at Dragos for oysters-raw and grilled. Absolutely wonderful. I still prefer the raw, while my wife, son, and daughter-in-law prefer the grilled. Also had the seafood gumbo--very good, with a nice hearty broth. My wife pronounced her bisque excellent. The bread pudding was a bit different--good but just not what I expected. It had a texture and taste I associate with a really good bun.
I now have to go back to Metairie and try some of the other places.
Our first week was spent in Lafayette. We had wonderful po boys at Old Tyme Grocery. Some good crawfish at Poor Boy's Riverside Inn.
Also took the boards advice and tried the boudin at Best Stop. It went to the top of my boudin list. Stopped on our way to Baton Rouge for more. Brought some home for my son. He better come soon if he wants it. I had always preferred Ray's in Opelousas until I tried Best Stop. Best Stop has a more full flavored, spicy taste.
Our two days in New Orleans were more casual than usual (alas, no Commanders, no Bayona). But, what wonderful food. My brother had never been to New Orleans, and wanted oysters and bloody marys. I didn't make it to all the recommendations. Did have oysters at Acme, Mike Andersons, Uglesich, and Masperos. We had them raw, grilled, bar-b-qued, and, yes, steamed. Had bloody marys at most of the above plus Molly's, and Igors.
Opinions differed (stridently) among our party of six. For my part, the best were the raw at Uglesich and the grilled at Dragos. Uglesich's raw oysters have a delicate, tender texture and were the most plump.
And, I preferred the bloodys at Igors and Uglesich. Both had a very full flavored tomato taste. However, I like the atmosphere at Mollys. It reminds me of some of my old places in Fells Point (Baltimore).
The best meal was at Uglesich. We passed around Paul's Fantasy, ShrimpUgge (forgive my spelling and memory for specifics), bar-b-qued oysters and shimp, fried oysters, and shrimp and oyster po boys. I could make a meal from multiple orders of the fried green tomatoes. Unfortunately, I had promised to share them.
We arrived at Uglesich at 10:30 AM, got a table outside, and had a long and interesting conversation with Anthony Uglesich. He made us feel most welcome (I am sometimes unsure of our welcome as a tourist when exploring local hangouts). This was our third trip to Uglesich, and we have enjoyed every meal.
Again, thanks very much for the advise. I always enjoy reading this board, even when we are not headed down your way.