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519 E. Boston St., Covington (985) 898-0667
724 Iberville St. 522-5973
7306 Lakeshore Drive 282-9200
Now that winter is upon us, oysters on the half-shell should be a staple of any true New Orleanian's diet. Wash them down with a beer, then move on to any of Acme's local specialties, including gumbo, fried seafood platters, po-boys or softshell crab. Bananas Foster cream pie or bread pudding with rum sauce give a meal a sweet finish. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

8523 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse 392-0541
The grilled catfish fillet is one of its most popular forms, with the catfish salad -- fried and tossed with pickle relish and mayo -- not far behind. If you don't mind your meal looking at you, try the whole fried catfish dinner. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Wednesday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

214 Royal St. (Hotel Monteleone) 523-3341
Tucked into one of the most historic hotels in the city, the Aft Deck gives loving treatment to the seafood classics its guests crave, from fresh-shucked oysters to crawfish pie. The sauteed seafood combo is for the diner who wants it all: catfish, jumbo shrimp, crawfish and a stuffed crab all grace a single plate. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

1 Poydras St., Suite 113 (Riverwalk Marketplace) 524-1243
Unsuspecting Riverwalk shoppers who wander into Anthony's are in for a real treat. The lobster may not be local, but it's prepared with great care whether it's boiled or blackened and spicy. King, blue and stone crabs are also steamed for your pleasure. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

2714 Mistletoe St. 482-9427
Barrow's makes no bones about the simplicity of its menu: If you want catfish, come on by; if not, don't bother. Potato salad goes fine on the side, and there's dessert to look forward to, with sweet potato pie, pralines and turnover pies all available. No reservations. Lunch Thursday through Saturday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Cash only. $$

144 Bourbon St. 522-0111
When it gets too crazy outside on the street, duck into the Bourbon House for the signature Frozen Bourbon Milk Punch. Oyster fiends will love the oysters trufant, which are lightly poached and topped with caviar. The raw bar stays open until midnight. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, brunch Saturday and Sunday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

3117 21st St., Metairie 831-8666
Chef Bozo inherited this seafood business from his parents, who fried their first commercial oyster in 1928. Through all those years, Bozo's has kept its reputation for fresh fish, crabs, crawfish and shrimp -- served broiled, boiled or fried. The oyster bar stays open between lunch and dinner. Reservations accepted for dinner except on Fridays. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

1922 West End Pkwy. 288-4521
Bruning's location beckons potential diners after they watch the sun go down over Lake Pontchartrain. The seafood is as fresh as it gets: try the seafood platter with softshell crab, shrimp, oysters, catfish fingers and a crab chop. The whole flounder is served broiled, fried or stuffed with crabmeat dressing. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

429 Decatur St. 522-5800
There's coconut shrimp, shrimp sauteed in butter, shrimp steamed in beer, shrimp in a spicy sauce with French bread for dipping, and on and on. For landlubbers, choices include fried chicken, ribs and steak. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

521 Central Ave., Jefferson 733-9538
Both New Orleans and Italian dishes are served here, but the real draw is the fresh catfish fillets that are fried to order and come with hush puppies, onion rings, and coleslaw. If you're not feeling fishy, there are other options, like beef stew, meatloaf and spaghetti. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

8311 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan 737-9190
This seafood restaurant has been in the family since 1951, during which time the cooks made crawfish boiling into an art form. Until the season starts, eat on Charlie's Famous Seafood Platter, with shrimp, oysters, catfish and stuffed crab, or try the bacon-wrapped stuffed shrimp. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

841 Iberville St. 581-1316
1713 Lake Ave., Metairie 831-4141

The relatively new French Quarter location is bringing Deanie's to the masses, with enticements such as the fried artichoke heart and the crabmeat ravioli. Of course what Deanie's does best is seafood, boiled and fried -- the giant seafood platter easily serves two with shrimp, oysters, softshell crab, crawfish balls and catfish. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

300 Bourbon St. (Royal Sonesta Hotel) 586-0300
Snack on juicy, succulent oysters on the half-shell at this iconic French Quarter eatery, where you get a great view of life going by on Bourbon Street. The oysters Desire are baked with garlic butter, Parmesan cheese and Creole spices, and are rumored to have quite an effect on the libido. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

1926 West End Park 284-3625
There's a lot going on at The Dock, including live music on weekends and a casual restaurant atmosphere in the Galley. Cure your fried seafood craving in one dose with the Seafood Boat for Two featuring fried catfish, shrimp, crawfish, crabcakes and oysters with sides of French fries and onion rings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 889-1550
Don's menu sticks close to the basics, offering plenty of fish, oysters, crabs, shrimp and crawfish, served fried or boiled. The classic New Orleans desserts include homemade bread pudding, and the cheesecake is decadently delicious. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

3232 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie 888-9254
Founder Drago Cvitanovich is in his 80s now, but he still comes by the restaurant to make sure his charbroiled oysters and boiled lobsters are done right. The inventive appetizers include a shrimp fondue, where the melted cheeses, shrimp and mushrooms are served in a bread bowl, and the duck fingers, where strips of duck are breaded and fried. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

739 Iberville St. (another entrance at 210 Bourbon St.) 522-4440
This sprawling, salty tribute to the pleasures of shellfish and the fishermen who gather them is located in the heart of the Quarter. There's also a restaurant that prepares them Rockefeller and Bienville style or stuffed into a po-boy. The menu includes seafood gumbo, steak and other Creole fare. Reservations recommended for parties of eight or more. Late breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; late-night Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

407 St. Tammany St., Madisonville (985) 845-7303
Enjoy a glass of wine and watch the sunset from the deck of this riverside restaurant. Local patrons know to order the eggplant Tchefuncte, rounds of eggplant that are topped with shrimp and crabmeat in a light cream sauce. Another creative menu choice is the blackened pork medallions finished with a pepper jelly sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards and checks. $$

2535 Metairie Road, Metairie 832-0955
This restaurant's focus is apparent with a lineup of both fried and boiled seafood platters. The menu is extensive, and ever-changing specials include the blackened redfish with crawfish sauce or the almond-fried trout. The Galley has earned unflinching loyalty for its crawfish tail po-boy. The rich bread pudding is a dessert favorite. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

808 Bienville St. 581-3467
Restaurant owners Gary Wollerman and Tenney Flynn spearheaded the revival of ultra-fresh seafood in New Orleans by having their seafood flown in from around the world daily. Enjoy lobster dumplings, wood-grilled sea scallops with wild mushroom risotto, cashew peppercorn swordfish and individually prepared apple pies. The wine list features more than 100 wines, with 70 available by the glass. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

3203 Williams Blvd., Kenner 443-6454
Harbor Seafood brings diners fresh and succulent gifts from the sea. The menu at this bustling seafood eatery highlights tasty oysters on the half-shell, boiled crawfish and shrimp. The popular daily specials on any given day might be pork chops or red beans and rice, or opt for the daily fish special. For a quick lunch grab half a po-boy and seafood gumbo. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

738 Poland Ave. 943-9914
This neighborhood institution is known for low prices, generous portions and enthusiastic service. The J.D. Platter is a good example of that generosity. offering two stuffed crabs, two crawfish pies, two cups of gumbo, and loads of fried shrimp, oysters, catfish and redfish -- plus a choice of fries or baked macaroni. No reservations. Lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Wednesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

1928 West End Park 283-7585
It's time again for Louisiana crawfish at Jaeger's On The Lake. Enjoy this year's catch on the deck with a bucket of beers and savor the sunset and live music. Bring some friends to share the Big A seafood platter, a feast for five adults: fried fish, softshell crab, shrimp, crawfish tails, shrimp, crabcakes, oysters bordelaise and hush puppies. Reservations accepted. Lunch Saturday and Sunday, dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $

2722 Williams Blvd., Kenner 468-3237
Customers keep coming back for the shrimp Mindy, jumbo shrimp sauteed in butter, garlic and wine, then served over angelhair pasta. Nine daily lunch specials are available, but the mainstay is the daily red beans and rice. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

8000 Lakeshore Drive 283-1010

Head over to this Lakefront seafood joint for a hit of barbecued Dungeness crab or a blue crab dip appetizer. For variety, investigate the fried seafood platter featuring fish, crab fingers, oysters, shrimp, stuffed crab and hush puppies. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

3140 Loyola Drive, Kenner 466-4701
The fryer is king at this fish house, with the popular seafood boat filled with fried treasures of the sea: shrimp, catfish, crawfish and oysters. Fans come from all over to dive into the crab Marie, a dish of fried shrimp on a bed of angel hair pasta with crabmeat sauce. Another way to revel in crab is the crab and mirliton soup. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $


7007 Read Lane 242-5656
Lama's gets creative with its po-boys, with both breaded veal and grilled tuna added to the list of classics. Oysters on the half-shell are available for $5.50 a dozen, and the seafood platters and grilled catch of the day are also quite reasonably priced. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

789 Harrison Ave. 488-6496
The seafood pasta will satisfy cravings with shrimp, crawfish and oysters in a cream sauce served over angel hair pasta, and the desserts -- including pecan pie, fudge brownie pie and peanut butter pie -- are sinfully delicious. No reservations. Breakfast Saturday, lunch Monday through Saturday; dinner Thursday through Saturday. Cash only. $

2223 N. Causeway Approach, Mandeville (985) 727-5585
The three Sinclair brothers bring their years of restaurant expertise to bear on a restaurant serving up some of the best seafood in St. Tammany Parish. Check out the mixed grill platter, featuring lobster and jumbo shrimp. For those red meat fans, try their great array of steaks and ribs. The restaurant also features a humidor on the premises and a separate smoking section. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $$

Highway 51 North (exit 15 off I-55 North), Manchac (985) 386-6666
Diners from all across Louisiana have made the pilgrimage to this seafood house of great repute. The thinly sliced fried catfish entree is one of the most popular dishes; the recipe has remained the same since its inception in 1934. Other popular items include the flounder stuffed with crabmeat and the fried chicken. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$


215 Bourbon St. 524-3884
Riverwalk Food Court 522-7727
The house specialty remains the fried seafood platter, packed high with shrimp, oysters, stuffed shrimp, catfish, onion rings, French fries and your choice of salad or coleslaw. Or try The Norman, which offers a choice of jumbo butterfly shrimp or fresh fish fillet, deep-fried and topped with crabmeat etouffee. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

702 Water St., Madisonville
(985) 845-4970
While gazing out over the Tchefuncte River, float away with the Seafood Boats: hollowed bread loaves overstuffed with fried shrimp, oysters and catfish. Also try the shrimp and crabmeat bisque. You'll always get lucky with the charbroiled catch of the day. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wednesday through Monday. Credit cards and checks. $$

208 Lee Lane, Covington (985) 875-0432
210 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie 828-2220
2330 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey 362-0800
Regular customers will notice a new menu this month, but old favorites remain, such as seafood platters and softshell crab Lafayette. If you're planning on taking advantage of Thursday's regular special of rabbit smothered in onion sauce served on a bed of white beans, management says you better call ahead and have them save you a plate. Lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, dinner Saturday. Credit cards. $

817 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 837-8580
1005 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson 734-1122
6920 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 455-1272
Southern favorites include fried shrimp, oyster and catfish platters served with fries or a potato as well as hamburger and softshell crab platters and, of course, burgers done lots of ways. This three-location eatery offers inside seating or drive-through service. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


739 Conti St. 525-6002

Always popular here, but especially so in the cooler months, is the barbecue shrimp, which is sauteed in rosemary and garlic sauce and served with French bread for dipping. For dessert, try the Kahlua mousse pie lined with a cookie crust and topped with whipped cream and chocolate sauce. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

4406 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell (985) 643-1419
Seafood and steaks dominate the menu here. Choose from traditional surf-and-turf options or such entrees as the favored redfish Pontchartrain: pan-seared redfish with a crabmeat, mushroom and sherry wine cream sauce. There's also a huge seafood platter, which includes softshell crab for an extra $6. Reservations recommended. Dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

613 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie 887-3456
Seafood is the specialty at this friendly cafe, which prides itself on the Captain Sam's Seafood Platter: fried catfish, fried shrimp, fried oysters and fried stuffed crab with French bread and a choice of any side item. The stuffed trout is another favorite. Lunch specials are available Tuesday through Friday. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$


519 Toulouse St. 522-5226
If you're stuck deciding among all the seafood options at Ralph & Kacoo's, try the seafood platter, which comes with catfish fillets, shrimp, oysters, softshell crab, stuffed crab, seafood gumbo, and your choice of coleslaw or salad, stuffed potato, French fries, baked potato or steamed veggies. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

115 Bourbon St. 598-1200
Bringing you a number of dishes revolving around one of Louisiana's signature fish catches, a top redfish choice here comes hickory-grilled and served with potatoes and crabmeat in a lemon butter. Order oysters raw, barbecued, baked or fried. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

7163 Barataria Blvd., Crown Point 689-7834
Dining at this Creole bistro is a unique experience, with its view of the bayou and the occasional alligator on the shore. Try the softshell crab Foster, lightly battered and fried and then topped with green onions, artichoke bottoms and mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tuesday through Saturday, dinner Tuesday through Sunday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

627 Bourbon St. 525-8442
At Sammy's, a safe haven from nipple-flashing Bourbon Street, you can order textbook surf and turf -- a juicy steak with either lobster or shrimp. If you're craving water-dwellers -- depending on the season, shrimp, oysters, catfish, calamari, and softshelled crab -- ask for the broiled seafood platter. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

133 N. Carrollton Ave. 482-5565
Seafood has moved into the former Bennachin space on North Carrollton Avenue and created an easygoing place with fresh, creative food. Chef Andrew Martinez adds Tabasco tartar sauce to the standard shrimp po-boy and serves the seared rare tuna with crawfish and basil butter sauce and a potato pancake subtly flavored with scallion. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch weekdays, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

1824 Orpheum Ave., Metairie 831-9541
Since 1967, Bucktown diners have gotten a view of Lake Pontchartrain and a fresh dose of seafood while sitting on Sid-Mar's screened porch. Order hot boiled crabs, crawfish, or shrimp in season or go for a po-boy, burger, or a broiled trout or catfish dinner. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$

1303 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner 443-4040
Sting Ray's invites you to try the crawfish Taylor, a tulip-shaped pastry shell filled with fried crawfish tails and topped with cream sauce. Or order the chicken Atchafalaya, a chicken breast stuffed with crawfish dressing, then fried. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


3700 Williams Blvd., Kenner 443-6488
The menu features gumbo, a full selection of steamed and boiled seafood, and specials such as the all-you-can-eat catfish served with potatoes, coleslaw and hush puppies. Top things off with bread pudding or cheesecake. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$

516 Gretna Blvd., Gretna 366-1516
Both West Bankers and East Bankers head to Visko's for fresh seafood prepared steamed, fried, boiled, broiled and grilled. The Seafood Saint Vincent is a house favorite: fish sauteed in a buttery seafood stock, topped with shrimp and crabmeat. Reservations recommended for parties of eight or more. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

8536 Pontchartrain Blvd. 288-0711
Seafood is the specialty, including perennial favorites such as softshell crabs, oysters, shrimp, catfish, and other daily catches. Weekend breakfast menus include grillades and grits, and a variety of omelettes. Maine lobster (Mondays) and Prime rib (Wednesdays) are among the nightly specials. Reservations accepted for parties of six or more. Breakfast Saturday and Sunday, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

1517 Metairie Road, Metairie 832-1133
Light lunchers prefer the spinach salad with apple-smoked bacon and hardboiled eggs, while hungrier lunchers top that salad with a piece of grilled fish. All manners of seafood are served; there's a Monday special on oysters in the half-shell. Zeke's is also one of the few places that serves corned beef and cabbage year-round. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, breakfast Sunday. Credit cards. $$
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