A delicacy in New Orleans, oysters have found a special place in the hearts of locals, visitors and foodies around the world. As the city has some of the best seafood in the world, it’s no surprise that New Orleans is also home to some of the best oysters and oyster dishes. Test your palate on some of this year’s New Orleans Oyster Festival favorites while enjoying the beautiful—but hot—New Orleans summer weather this weekend, June 1st and 2nd.
Oysters are obviously the star of the show, and they are prepared in both traditional and unique ways. You’ll always be able to find classics like oysters on the half shell, fried and BBQ oyster po-boys, charbroiled oysters and oyster dressing. But there are also new and inventive ways local restaurants have explored to highlight the distinct qualities of this inimitable seafood. Antoine’s has Oyster, Scallops and Petit Pois Pears over Garlic Cheese Grits, Elizabeth’s has Oyster Fois Gras, Grand Isle has Oyster Gazpacho Shooters, Royal House has Oyster Pastries and GW Fins has an Oyster Cocktail Veracruz. The possibilities are endless—if you love oysters, you’ll have your fill of options.