I wanted to start my week of restaurant reviews with one of my favs! As for the title, they love to call people babe in NOLA, and I try so hard to copy them…it really annoys my sister! hehe… Anyway, my Dad & Stepmom introduced us to this place on our first trip to New Orleans. Now every time I go to NOLA I have to make a pit stop Acme Oyster House. They have great classics at affordable prices. Here are the 2 adventures I documented there
Acme Trip 1: Acme has a convenient location, close to Canal and Bourbon St. We walked up and there was a decent size line, but it did move fast! There were some people trying to cut, but the hostess wasn’t taking any of that, which was great. We were seated in the front, where the main oyster bar is. We ordered our New Orleans drink of choice, Abita beer, and perused the menu. There were so many choices, I didn’t know where to begin. We finally were ready, but then our server was MIA. She wasn’t very attentive. I think they give the servers there too many tables. My sister and I split raw oysters and then I ordered a shrimp po boy with a side of gumbo. The oysters were friggin awesome! I used to work at an oyster bar, and they always got all types of oysters from all over the northeast and northwest. So I’ve had my fair share of all types of oysters. But these P&J oysters were the best I have ever had! I was so impressed. My shrimp po boy was great. It had a good amount of shrimp that were well seasoned and cooked perfectly. The bread was nice and soft. The gumbo had a medium thickness, with good chunks of sausage and chicken…but it wasn’t as good as the one I had at the New Orleans School of Cooking. Meal #1 was a great one.
Acme Trip 2: We got there a little later than the first time, so we were seated quickly in the back. They have big tables with lots of big groups, so it was loud and fun. We started off with some ice cold Abita Amber and were ready to order. Time to try the Chargrilled Oysters! My sister and I also split the Boo Fries and the Acme Special Po Boy. The chargrilled oysters came out first and were still sizzling. They grill these and douse them with seasoned butter and romano cheese. They were even better than the raw ones! The oysters weren’t over cooked at all which surprised me. The oyster with the hot butter and cheese was the best combo. It was great on the bread they served it with. Then came the Boo Fries..these are topped with gravy and cheese…I mean, what can get better than that?! The fries that were smothered in gravy were a little soggy, but I had no complaints. It was perfect with our Po Boy, which had turkey, ham, cheese, and debris. Debris (which is bits of roast beef in gravy), is the best discovery ever! This meal was even better than the first.
If you’re going to New Orleans, you HAVE to go to Acme. Even if you don’t like oysters, they have great food that’s not pricey. The service is spotty, but you have so much fun and good food it hardly even matters. It’s one of my top spots in NOLA, and I can’t wait to go back.