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ACME OYSTER & SEAFOOD HOUSE 724 Iberville St., 522-5973; 1202 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 246-6155; 3000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 309-4056; In operation for more than a century, Acme has earned a reputation for oysters, whether raw, fried or char-grilled. Don't miss the Peace Maker po-boy with fried shrimp and oysters and Tabasco mayo. The "10-Napkin Roast Beef" po-boy is a house specialty. Reservation policy varies by location. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BONEFISH GRILL 200 River Highlands Blvd., Covington, (985) 809-0662; Seafood from around the globe turns up on the menu at the outpost of this national chain. There's everything from Alaskan halibut to Chilean sea bass to rainbow trout. Pick from toppings like warm mango salsa or chimichurri sauce to complement a fish dish. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BOURBON HOUSE 144 Bourbon St., 522-0111; Cooking local seafood is what the Bourbon House does best. Dickie Brennan's French Quarter seafood house puts its stamp on Creole favorites. Crystal alligator or bourbon barbecue shrimp are spicy starters. Garlic-crusted fish is served with deviled crab dressing. There's an oyster happy hour daily at the raw bar, and the restaurant stocks a large selection of premium and small batch bourbons. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BOZO'S RESTAURANT 3117 21st St., Metairie, 831-8666; Bozo's makes the most of local seafood. Gulf shrimp topped with house-made remoulade sauce are served on shredded lettuce. Des Allemands catfish fillets are breaded in cornmeal and pan-fried. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO. 429 Decatur St., 522-5800; Inspired by the film Forrest Gump, this theme restaurant makes shrimp the star in many dishes. Get fried popcorn shrimp, shrimp sauteed with garlic butter, or boiled seafood served by the basket. There also are burgers, barbecue pork sliders and salads. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BUSTER'S PLACE 519 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 809-3880; This downtown Covington eatery serves seafood dishes including blackened redfish Pontchartrain topped with crawfish sauce. The crawfish combo plate includes fried crawfish tails and crawfish etouffee. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

CASAMENTO'S 4330 Magazine St., 895-9761; For more than 90 years, this narrow Uptown eatery has been renowned for its oysters. Get a dozen on the half shell or order an oyster loaf with fried oysters piled on thick bread. Seafood gumbo with okra and oyster stew are popular starters. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Checks. $$

CHARLIE'S SEAFOOD 8311 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, 737-3700; Charlie's offers an array of po-boys, salads, soups and entrees featuring Louisiana seafood. The catfish and grits are mustard and cornmeal-fried fillets served with stone-ground grits, topped with cheddar cheese and Creole sauce. The un-fried seafood platter combines grilled fish, shrimp and crab bordelaise, baked scallops and shrimp cornbread. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THE CORNER OYSTER HOUSE BAR AND GRILL 500 St. Peter St., 522-2999; Creole and Cajun flavors mix it up on the menu at the Corner Oyster House. The seafood sampler offers boiled shrimp, crawfish and oysters on the half-shell. The New Orleans sampler includes gumbo, shrimp Creole, red beans and jambalaya. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

DE-NO SEAFOOD 505 Gretna Blvd., Suite 15, Gretna, 362-4608 De-No's serves an array of seafood dishes. Crabmeat au gratin features crabmeat in cream sauce with a blend of cheeses and is served with garlic bread. Char-broiled oysters on the half-shell are topped with garlic, Parmesan and butter and crabmeat is an optional addition. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DEANIE'S SEAFOOD 841 Iberville St., 581-1316; 1713 Lake Ave., Metairie, 831-4141; Boiled and fried seafood dominate the menu at Deanie's. Shrimp, crawfish and crabmeat top the Bucktown boil pizza made with white sauce. Other options include crawfish etouffee and New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp. No reservations. Iberville Street: Lunch and dinner daily. Lake Avenue: Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

DESIRE OYSTER BAR 300 Bourbon St., 553-2281; This Bourbon Street stalwart features a menu of traditional and contemporary New Orleans seafood dishes. Oysters come on the half-shell, broiled, or fried and served with house-made barbecue sauce and blue cheese dressing. Red snapper is blackened and topped with crabmeat, capers and butter sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DOCKSIDE SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR 1820 Dickory Ave., Harahan, 736-9666 Diners enjoy seafood, Italian and Creole dishes at this casual neighborhood restaurant. Favorites include the soft-shell crab bacon wrap served with remoulade. The seafood extravaganza for two rounds up fried catfish, shrimp and oysters, stuffed crabs, hushpuppies, fries, onion rings and garlic bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

DON'S SEAFOOD HUT 4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-1550; Don's dishes up seafood, soups, sandwiches and pasta. Specialties include fried shrimp, shrimp etouffee and fried catfish. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DRAGO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St., 584-3911; 3232 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 888-9254; Drago's is known for its signature char-broiled oysters topped with Parmesan, butter, parsley and garlic. Char-broiled Maine lobster is served with spinach risotto. Other menu items include seafood pasta and the catch of the day, served with fresh vegetables and a baked potato. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

FELIX'S RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR 739 Iberville St., 522-4440; It's standing room only at the oyster bar at Felix's. Make your own sauce and order directly from the shuckers, or grab a table and order from a full menu of New Orleans staples. Enjoy a free draft beer on Wednesdays with every dozen oysters ordered. Reservations accepted for large groups. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FRENCH MARKET RESTAURANT 1001 Decatur St., 525-7879; Passersby are lured into the French Market Restaurant by the sight of raw oysters and shrimp displayed in the windows. Order boiled or fried seafood, po-boys or a variety of Cajun favorites. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FRIENDS COASTAL RESTAURANT 407 St. Tammany St., Madisonville, (985) 845-7303; From its perch along the Tchefuncte River, Friends serves a mix of casual crowd-pleasers and Louisiana favorites. Dip chips in the spinach and crawfish dip, share a platter of boiled seafood or look for specials like grilled grouper with lemon butter. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

GW FINS 808 Bienville St., 581-3467; Chef Tenney Flynn's constantly evolving menu draws from finfish and shellfish available from near and far. Lobster dumplings come with shaved fennel, tomato concasse and lobster butter. Blackened swordfish is served with mashed potatoes, crispy fried oysters, sauteed spinach, chili hollandaise and roasted corn butter. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

GALLEY SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 2535 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-0955 Galley Seafood's menu features a long list of Louisiana seafood, including boiled shrimp or crabs and fried shrimp or catfish. There also are po-boys, salads, soups, pasta dishes and sweet potato fries. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

GRAND ISLE RESTAURANT 575 Convention Center Blvd., 520-8530; Grand Isle serves up oysters on the half shell and seafood dishes like chili-butter baked fish, crawfish etouffee and gumbo. The pasta Pimonte is linguine with spicy herb butter, mussels, shrimp, oysters and crawfish. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HARBOR SEAFOOD AND OYSTER BAR 3203 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-6454; Harbor Seafood serves everything from boiled seafood and lobster specials to jambalaya. Eggplant stuffed with crabmeat is a signature dish. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

JACK DEMPSEY'S 738 Poland Ave., 943-9914; Heavyweight seafood house Jack Dempsey's offers dishes like broiled redfish topped with your choice of crawfish Monica or crabmeat. The namesake J.D. seafood platter for two is a feast of gumbo, fried shrimp, oysters, catfish and redfish, crab balls and crawfish pies. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

JAEGER'S SEAFOOD AND BEER GARDEN 901 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 818-2200; Jaeger's serves raw, boiled, grilled and fried seafood. Favorites include raw and char-grilled oysters. The King's platter features Alaskan king crab, Maine lobster, boiled shrimp and potatoes, corn, butter sauce and salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

JANIE BROWN'S RESTAURANT 27207 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 882-7201 Lunch items include seafood gumbo and corn and crab bisque. The chef's salad and Italian salad are popular items for a light lunch. House specialties include grilled trout meuniere served with a white wine garlic sauce. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

JOHHNY & JOYCE'S SEAFOOD 1461 N. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 727-7727 Johnny and Joyce's offers an array of seafood options, including boiled crawfish, shrimp or crabs. The seafood platter combines fried oysters, shrimp, fish and soft-shell crabs and is served with a stuffed crab, hushpuppies and choice of potato salad, fries, garlic potatoes or salad. The seafood gumbo is filled with shrimp, crab and okra. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

JOHNNY TRAUTH'S SEAFOOD BISTRO 2121 25th St., Kenner, 471-0808 All-you-can-eat fried catfish or country-fried chicken with hushpuppies, coleslaw and fries are popular items at this seafood bistro. Fettuccine with chicken, shrimp or crawfish is topped with cream sauce and Parmesan. Other options include po-boys, steaks and ribs. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

KENNER SEAFOOD 3140 Loyola Drive, Kenner, 466-4701; Kenner Seafood dishes up seafood grilled, boiled, blackened or fried. Po-boy options include stuffed crab, turkey, hot sausage and roast beef. For starters, try fried okra or fried pickles. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

KJEAN SEAFOOD 236 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-7503 This Mid-City seafood market offers raw fish and shellfish as well as boiled seafood and a selection of po-boys. The menu includes stuffed crabs, gumbo and seafood platters. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LANDRY'S 400 N. Peters St., 558-0038; 8000 Lakeshore Drive, 283-1010; Landry's offers a wide selection of seafood from waters near and far, including everything from Gulf shrimp to Alaskan crab. Options include barbecue shrimp and baked oysters, as well as steaks and pasta dishes. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MIDDENDORF'S 30160 Hwy. 51 S. Akers, (985) 386-6666; This diner is best known for its fried thin-sliced catfish. It also serves boiled crabs and soft-shell crab dishes. Stuffed crabs are served with coleslaw, hushpuppies and fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

MORTON'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 702 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 845-4970; Admire the view from the waterfront at Morton's while perusing a menu of fried, boiled and grilled seafood. Seafood boats are loaves of French bread hollowed out and stuffed with fried seafood. Steaks and chicken dishes also are available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

RALPH & KACOO'S 519 Toulouse St., 522-5226; Seafood is served in a variety of dishes at this French Quarter seafood hub. Go surf-and-turf with an 11-oz. rib-eye steak topped with shrimp, or stay offshore with crabmeat-stuffed Maine lobster tails. Other dishes include seafood pastas and salads topped with crabmeat. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RED FISH GRILL 115 Bourbon St., 598-1200; This colorful restaurant serves a range of seafood including many oyster and redfish dishes. Hickory-grilled redfish is served with lump crabmeat, lemon butter, and tasso and wild mushroom Pontalba potatoes. Barbecue oysters are flash fried, tossed in Crystal barbecue sauce and served with blue cheese dressing. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

THE RED MAPLE RESTAURANT 1036 Lafayette St., Gretna, 367-0935; Find signature seafood specialties at this Gretna institution. Redfish Pontchartrain is a pan-seared fillet topped with mushroom-sherry cream and lump crabmeat. Shrimp and crab Lafitte is served with lemon butter over pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner and late-night Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

RESTAURANT DES FAMILLES 7163 Barataria Blvd., Crown Point, 689-7834; This house on the edge of Jean Lafitte National Park specializes in traditional seafood dishes like crawfish etouffee. Soft-shell crab Foster is a fried crab topped with artichoke, mushrooms, green onion and white wine sauce and is served with potatoes and vegetables. Pasta Lafitte combines shrimp and crabmeat in cream sauce with angel hair pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

RICK'S CATFISH CABIN 78461 Hwy. 437, Covington, (985) 893-7274 Whether it's baked, fried, broiled or grilled, you know catfish is the name of the game at this casual seafood joint. Fried oysters and stuffed shrimp add variety to the menu, and sides include hushpuppies and fries. Reservations accepted. Lunch Thu.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Thu.-Sat. Checks. $$

RIOMAR 800 S. Peters St., 525-3474; Seasonal seafood dishes are the specialty at this Spanish and Latin American restaurant. Do a tasting of the restaurant's four ceviches, then move on to Gulf fish like the Louisiana black drum with fried eggplant, green beans, almonds and honey-cumin vinaigrette. The five-hour roasted pork is served with plantains and black beans and rice. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ROYAL HOUSE OYSTER BAR 441 Royal St., 528-2601; Royal House serves oysters raw, Rockefeller, Royale or char-broiled. Seafood pescatore offers sauteed clams, mussels, shrimp and scallops tossed in zesty garlic and herb tomato sauce, served over linguini with garlic bread. Maine lobsters come in half-pound increments, from one to two-and-a-half pounds. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SALTWATER GRILL 710 S. Carrollton Ave., 324-6640; This seafarer in the Riverbend specializes in Gulf seafood and local comfort food like the Riverbend chicken, featuring diced portobello mushrooms, onions and crawfish in Creole sauce, served with potatoes. Shrimp and grits is topped with crumbled bacon, green onion and lemon butter. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SALVO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 7742 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 393-7303; Seafood is the star here, but there's also steak on the menu. The Friday special of boiled seafood is a big catch of shrimp, mussels and Jonah, rock, Dungeness and snow crabs. The butterfly shrimp plate features 12 jumbo shrimp served with fries or potatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SEITHER'S SEAFOOD 279 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 738-1116 Adjoining a seafood market, Jason Seither's namesake eatery serves traditional boiled seafood platters and dishes like crispy eggplant medallions laden with lump crabmeat and shrimp cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SMITTY'S SEAFOOD 2000 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 468-1647 Boiled shrimp and crabs are popular at this Kenner mainstay. Also available are fried seafood po-boys, grilled fresh catches and daily specials. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

STINGRAY'S RESTAURANT & GRILL 1303 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 443-4040; Stingray's offers a wide selection of seafood dishes and changing daily specials. Crawfish Boudreaux features spicy cream sauce with crawfish tails, Parmesan cheese, fresh garlic and mushrooms over pasta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

TWO TONYS SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 105 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 831-0999; Creole-Italian cooking and regional seafood come together at Two Tonys. Paneed veal Pontchartrain is topped with crawfish tails in roasted pepper cream sauce. The blackened seafood platter includes catfish, crab cakes, shrimp and oysters coated with a special blend of seasonings and cooked in a cast iron pan. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VAZQUEZ SEAFOOD & PO-BOY RESTAURANT 515 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 893-9336 Seafood is the specialty at this family-run cafe and po-boy shop. Daily lunch specials include country-fried steak. There are a number of traditional Cuban dishes and a pressed Cuban sandwich filled with roasted pork, ham and cheese. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $$

VILLAGE INN 9201 Jefferson Hwy., 737-4610 Check into Village Inn for seafood and Italian dishes. Crawfish Veronica features crawfish in cream sauce over angel hair pasta, and eggplant or veal medallions are optional additions. The menu also includes boiled seafood, salads, pasta dishes, pizza and sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VOLEO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 5134 Nunez St., Lafitte, 689-2482 Seafood platters and blackened flounder are popular dishes at this eclectic Lafitte eatery. Spicy bratwurst and wiener schnitzel appeal to Germanophiles, and seafood pizza is piled with Louisiana shrimp, crawfish and crabmeat. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon. and Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ZEKE'S RESTAURANT 1517 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-1133; Zeke's Louisiana seafood options include oysters, catfish, shrimp and crab. The most popular items are char-grilled oysters, seafood gumbo and catfish. The menu also has po-boys, salads and chicken and steak entrees. Daily specials include lasagna and Creole stuffed peppers. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ZIMMER'S SEAFOOD 4915 St. Anthony Ave., 282-7150; For nearly 30 years, Zimmer's Seafood has dished up po-boys, seafood plates and seasonal boiled seafood by the pound. Year-round menu staples at the neighborhood market include jambalaya, pasta dishes, gumbo and hamburgers. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

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