Seafood? Eat it!

16:00 March 02, 2016
By: Beau Ciolino

It's no secret that New Orleans' culinary scene is most well-known for its seafood. From centuries-old restaurants serving up timeless classics such as trout almondine, to new-wave gastropubs creating food art with raw fish, New Orleans is the place to be if you love chomping down on the fruit of the sea. While we love all of the new ways seafood is being prepared in the city, we thought a throwback to some of the old neighborhood favorites was in order. Here we've compiled a few of our most cherished classic New Orleans seafood dishes from establishments that have been serving the New Orleans area for decades.

Seafood? Eat it!

Located on Oak St. in the riverbend, Jacques Imo's Cafe is a quirky, bustling restaurant filled with New Orleans-themed decor. It offers a menu packed with classic, and not-so-classic, New Orleans cuisine. For something a bit on the wild side, try the shrimp and alligator sausage cheesecake, a savory and decadent slice of New Orleans flavor.8324 Oak St. • jacques-imos.com

Seafood? Eat it!

Located right across the Mississippi River in Gretna, Louisiana, Cafe 615 Home of Da Wabbit offers a mammoth-sized fried seafood platterfull of fried shrimp, oysters and catfish. Shell out a few extra bucks for the addition of a fried soft-shell crab and you've got an unbeatable South Louisiana meal. 615 Kepler St. • dawabbit.net

Seafood? Eat it!

Drago'scharbroiled oystersmarry the salty brine of oysters with the pure decadence of garlic butter. These oysters are shucked fresh before getting a dose of butter, garlic, herbs, and a hefty sprinkle of Parmesan and Romano cheeses. After a short time over an open flame, the oysters get plated up hot with a few chunks of bread for dipping. 2 Poydras St. dragosrestaurant.com

Seafood? Eat it!

An uptown favorite, Domilise's po-boy shop has been serving the neighborhood for nearly 100 years. You can't miss out on the fried shrimp, swiss cheese, and roast beef gravy po' boy that is brimming with golden fried shrimp and slow-simmered roast beef gravy. 5240 Annunciation St. domilisespoboys.com

Seafood? Eat it!

It's hard to find a restaurant that offers hot boiled crawfish more delicious than those at Frankie and Johnny's. The space has been serving the mudbugs to Uptown locals for over seven decades, and, as their website states, has the simple goal of being "the best neighborhood restaurant in New Orleans". 321 Arabella St. frankieandjohnnys.net

Seafood? Eat it!

Having gotten its start over a century ago in 1913, Pascal's Manale has made a major name for itself in the New Orleans community. The uptown eatery has been serving its claim to fame, barbeque shrimp, since the 1950's. To make the dish, jumbo shrimp get tossed in a skillet with white wine, butter, Worcestershire, a little hot sauce, olive oil and a special Manale spice blend before getting served with a few slices of French bread. 1838 Napoleon Ave. • pascalsmanale.com

Seafood? Eat it!

If you say "thin fried catfish" anywhere near New Orleans, most locals will point you in the direction of Midendorfs, a seafood restaurant just a short drive northwest from the city. Here, you'll find plates piled with paper-thin pieces of deep fried catfish, boasting a crispy crunchy texture and phenomenal catfish flavor that has kept locals and tourists alike coming back for decades. 30160 Hwy 51 S. - Akers (Manchac) • middendorfsrestaurant.com

Seafood? Eat it!

If you're an oyster purist and prefer to eat them raw, look no further than Acme Oyster House. New Orleans-made and nationally famous, this is the spot to go for dozen upon dozen of fresh shucked raw oysters. Whether you want to give them a squeeze of lemon, a dollop of cocktail sauce or just slurp them plain out of the shell, Acme has got you covered. Multiple Locations • acmeoyster.com

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