St. Charles Avenue is one of the most iconic streets in New Orleans. It stretches from downtown and the CBD all the way upriver through Uptown, winding past huge live oak trees and historic mansions, all the way to Audubon park. The avenue is marked with favorite spots for tourists and locals alike, such as Superior Seafood, a cherished New Orleans establishment that’s been on the scene for a long time.
Located right at the corner of Napoleon and St. Charles Avenue, Superior Seafood is central to the Uptown neighborhood. The restaurant offers valet parking right in front, or else you’ll have to find street parking around. Upon walking in, you get a sense that Superior has been the same way for decades. For dinner, there is usually a piano player sitting up towards the front, the notes bouncing through the restaurant. There is a long bar that stretches down the right side of the restaurant, stocked with a great selection of bourbons and whiskeys. During the summer, be sure to order a frozen mimosa or signature pomegranate mojito, one of the most refreshing cocktails to beat the heat.
Adjacent from the liquor bar is the oyster bar, lined with white tile and mirrors. Oyster shuckers stand behind the bar, shucking oysters constantly throughout their shifts. As a dining guest, you have the option to sit at either bar, inside the restaurant or out on the covered patio, so even if you come multiple times, there are a few perspectives to enjoy the restaurant from.
The menu is extensive and loaded with all of the local favorites, as well as some specialty items. During the spring and early summer, they even have boiled crawfish on the menu, available in two pound orders. From gumbo to po’ boys to fried alligator, you can find all of your favorite New Orleans dishes. Along with entrees of shrimp & grits and BBQ shrimp, you can also find mussels and bacon wrapped shrimp on the shellfish menu. Everything is guaranteed to be fresh and prepared in a way that highlights the local flavor, as well as brings out the natural tastes in the seafood or meat.
Superior offers a slightly different though still impressive menu during lunch and another variation for Sunday brunch as well, which includes benedicts made with crab cakes and oysters, fresh omelettes and many other dishes.
No matter what time you stop by, you are sure to have a delicious, satisfying meal full of locally-sourced ingredients prepared in traditional New Orleans ways. Superior Seafood is a staple in the city, so be sure to stop by and enjoy a meal.