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What Not to Do in New Orleans

by Pableaux Johnson

Don't…
FEAR THE OYSTER

Some dedicated food lovers arrive in New Orleans inherently suspicious of oysters harvested from shell reefs in the nearby Gulf of Mexico, especially when they discover how cheap Gulf oysters are: $8 a dozen, tops. Combine this slippery bivalve's reputation for potentially dangerous bacterial infections with saltwater-savvy foodies who are more accustomed to paying up to $3 per oyster on the East and West coasts, and you'll find many visitors developing a touch of oyster phobia.

Instead…
BELLY UP TO THE CITY'S BEST RAW BARS

But here's the thing—New Orleans is one of the last cities to have an active working-class oyster culture. For a couple of hundred years, natives have chugged down oysters by the dozen as an affordable bar food that conveys the essence of the salty sea. They gather for beers and good company at the city's legendary raw bars as shuckers unleash the pure flavor. In the colder months, the Gulf oyster is at its tastiest—salty, sweet, and rich. Seek out the best of the Gulf at places like Pascal's Manale and Casamento's in the Uptown neighborhood.

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