more New Orleans love: Casamento’s

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A very happy cutie pie waiting for oysters at the counter at Casamento’s, one of New Orlean’s legendary eateries.  Everybody goes there for the fresh raw oysters.  David and his best friend Josh are known to practically move into the restaurant for the afternoon, downing dozens and dozens of New Orleans oysters between them with nothing much more than a drop of Tabasco on each one, oh, of course, and a lot of beer. 

As for me, I dream of Casamento’s when I’m not in New Orleans, but not about the raw oysters.  I dream of their Oyster Loaf.   I dream of this…

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This is Casamento’s take on the classic Oyster Po’boy.  Here they use thick-cut white sandwich bread instead of the usual baguette.  And here they fry their oysters in lard.  Lard, ladies and gentlemen.  Yes, lard, as in pure, fantastic, porky fatness.  Anything fried in lard is good.  Fresh, sweet, succulent New Orleans oysters fried in lard are just mind-bendingly awesome. 

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Staying on the subject of fried things, the fried little crab claws are pretty darn good as well.  They were cute as can be, but we didn’t leave them around very long.

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I’m also in love with their oyster stew, a simple soup made with milk, some onion, the freshest oysters, and a bit of herb.  I’m sorry Boston readers, but this just takes New England clam chowder to a whole other level.

Boy oh boy, I’m glad I don’t live in New Orleans or I’d probably be the size of a tank!

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  • http://unemployed-at-last.blogspot.com Catri

    i am now dreaming of oyster soup…

  • http://onefoodguy.blogspot.com one food guy

    Oh how I love oyster loafs….mmmmm

  • http://caviarandcodfish.com Robin

    My boyfriend and I have been trying to figure out where to get the best poor boy in New Orleans for when we try and go this summer. We’ll be stopping by Casamento’s for sure. Thanks, Pim.

  • http://greenolivetree.blogspot.com kel @ Green Olive Tree

    those are quite some funky ways to serve oysters. have you tried those oyster omelettes popular in southeast asia?

  • Bob Howald

    Uglesich’s you have got to try it
    1238 Baronne Street
    New Orleans, La. 70113 1238 Baronne Street
    Lunch only monday thru friday

  • http://allthingsnice.typepad.com syrie

    Pim, this post is making me crazy! I was never a fried oyster person until I moved to North America. Now I make oyster burgers, similar to the loaf, at least once a month. I top it with smoked bacon, garlic aioli and some spanish onion. Great post!

  • http://www.fooderati.blogspot.com Melissa Leong

    Oh. Dear. Lord.
    I am scheduling a trip to New Orleans immediately.
    Sydney has great seafood (www.fooderati.blogspot.com) but we could certainly do with a bit of Casamento’s love…
    p.s. I love your blog.

  • http://www.teaandfood.blogspot.com Aaron Kagan

    I have to say, I’d been hearing about New Orleans oysters all my life and was nothing but disappointed when I had my first. It’s possible I got a bad batch in an off month, but every one of the local Massachusetts oysters I’ve ever had has had oodles more flavor than any I had while there. Can anyone comment?
    http://www.teaandfood.blogspot.com

  • http://www.teaandfood.blogspot.com Aaron Kagan

    I have to say, I’d been hearing about New Orleans oysters all my life and was nothing but disappointed when I had my first. It’s possible I got a bad batch in an off month, but every one of the local Massachusetts oysters I’ve ever had has had oodles more flavor than any I had while there. Can anyone comment?
    http://www.teaandfood.blogspot.com

  • http://profile.typekey.com/jaibone/ jai

    nothing better than New Orleans food….. except that I am not at all a raw oysters fan….. just can’t get past my fear of eating organs…. and bivalves have them.
    http://web.mac.com/jaibone/Site_2/The_Bivalves.html

  • http://chezpim.com Pim

    Bob, I’m going to try Ulrich’s next time I’m there.
    Aaron, I’m not saying oysters from either place are better or worse, just that it’s perhaps a bit difficult to judge from just one experience. No? Try the ones fried with lard next time. ;-)
    Jai, they are tiny tiny tiny organs. Don’t think about it!
    Everyone, go to New Orleans!
    cheers,
    Pim

  • http://profile.typekey.com/Persephone113/ Persephone

    Oh oysters, let me count the ways of how I love thee. I like them all of the ways mentioned above. When they are in season I have to have them at least once a week any which way I can. On Christmas Eve I always have oyster stew made from a favorite recipe in an Elizabeth Terry cookbook. In December a cousin of mine has an annual “oyster roast”. Last year he had 800 pounds. It was heaven.

  • http://eggbeater.typepad.com/shuna/ shuna fish lydon

    I can’t speak to fried oysters in NO, but I will say that all one need to do in the Bay Area is get here.

  • Bill Kennedy

    Uglesich’s has been closed since Katrina and they do not intend to re-open.
    Joey K’s on Magazine, near 7th, serves awesome shrimp or oyster po’boys and is every bit as good as Casamento’s.

  • Cynthia P

    Uglesich’s opened late last month. Thank God!

  • http://www.tiffanyfree.com/tiffany-pendants.html Tiffany Pendant

    Oops, re-reading that it sounded a little critical, I was more wondering what I did wrong, how I can make it better. Any suggestions?