You know I’m not shy about talking about things I like. I’m here to tell you where to find the best Oysters Bienville in New Orleans. You probably don’t know what this even means. Oysters are served in myriad ways in this amazing city we call home. Oysters Bienville are not the best known of New Orleans oyster dishes, but, when done right, they are the tastiest oysters you’ll ever eat— hot OR cold.
Oysters Bienville are best enjoyed hot, right out from under the broiler.
You’ve heard of hot oysters. Oysters Rockefeller must be the most famous but in New Orleans, chargrilled oysters are very, very popular. These were invented by Drago’s a seafood joint founded, and still existing, in the Fat City section of Metarie. Metarie is a suburb of New Orleans proper. Drago’s has a restaurant of the same name in the Hilton by the Convention Center, but you can now find chargrilled oysters just about anywhere. Tourists love ’em.
Chargrilled oysters are oysters still in the shell that are topped with parmesan cheese and butter, parsley, whatnot. They really are cooked on a grill. Here’s how they make them at Neyow’s:
I’m not a big fan of all that butter. Nor am I particularly enamored with food that has cheese on top as a selling point. Your experience may vary from mine. I’m not here to judge.
WHAT ARE OYSTERS BIENVILLE?
I’m not saying this is the recipe at Pascal’s Manale, but it’s a recipe:
- 1 bunch shallots, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
- 2/3 cup chicken broth
- 1 egg yolk
- Ice cream salt
- 1/3 cup dry white wine
- Salt and cayenne pepper to taste
- 2 dozen oysters on the half shell
- 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
They are baked, not cooked on a grill.
WHERE TO EAT OYSTERS BIENVILLE IN NEW ORLEANS?
Think about eating them at the bar at Pascal’s Manale. That’s where I like to eat them.
Look closely at one of those celebrity photos that line the wall. You know who that is in the lower right? The great opera singer, Sergio Franchi!
Have a great New Orleans day today, wherever you happen to find yourself. When you’re ready to visit New Orleans, we know a nice small and personalized hotel where you should stay if you want to discover some authentic New Orleans secrets….
-La Belle Esplanade.
Saturday, August 25, 2018: Melanie got caught behind a jazz funeral today—and then she got stuck in a second line parade. There is no point in being in a hurry in New Orleans. Relax. Enjoy yourself. You never know what you’ll find when you turn a corner here. Cheers!