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New Orleans Celebrates National Oyster on the Half Shell Day

We've got the best spots on the gulf for shellfish that you don't want to miss.

New Orleans is well known for its high-quality seafood and what better time to celebrate than on National Oyster on the Half Shell Day? On March 31, head to these NOLA hotspots for delicious, raw oysters with all the fixings. There are lots of fun possibilities in New Orleans.


Coterie is run by New Orleans locals and the pride in their home city shines throughout the entire menu. The French Quarter favorite is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day of the week and shellfish fans can order oysters all day long. Ice-cold, raw oysters are available on the half shell by the dozen or half dozen and come with lemon and spicy cocktail sauce. Happy hour oysters are available at the bar only. Make your oyster day celebrations a bit more festive and order an oyster shooter which includes one freshly shucked oyster, cocktail sauce, and St. Roch vodka served in a shot glass for speedy consumption. The chargrilled oysters are also served on the half shell and therefore count as a completely valid way to celebrate the holiday. Keep the experience truly New Orleans and pair your oysters with a Sazerac made with rye whiskey, Herbsaint (a NOLA anisette), Peychaud's and Angostura bitters. 

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There are lots of ways to enjoy oysters on the half shell at Coterie (Courtesy Coterie)

Felix's Restaurant and Oyster Bar

With four locations in New Orleans, Felix's Restaurant and Oyster Bar is a convenient place to enjoy oysters no matter where you are in the city. Slurp your shellfish raw out of the shell by the dozen or half dozen. Alternatively, Felix also serves oysters chargrilled or Rockefeller-style, both on the half shell. For an even more decadent half shell experience try the oysters Bienville, a French Quarter recipe. Chicken broth, white wine, and bread crumbs are combined and then spooned over the oysters before they're baked in their shells. The buffalo oysters are covered in buffalo sauce, fried, and returned to their shells for spicy slurping. Each Felix's location is locally owned and operated and the original location has been in business since the 1940s. If you ask a local where their grandparents went for oysters, odds are the answer is Felix's.

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Felix's has been a New Orleans institution since the 1940s (Courtesy Felix's/Facebook)

The Half Shell on the Bayou

A casual and homey spot to get your oyster fix is The Half Shell on the Bayou. All the oysters are freshly shucked daily to be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Slurp your bivalves raw, chargrilled, or Rockefeller by the half or full dozen. The house specialty oyster style, Voodoo bleu, adds bacon and blue cheese for a very pungent and savory experience. Make it a party and order an oyster shooter with horseradish, vodka, and Lea and Perrins's hot sauce served all together in a shot glass. Feed the whole family with the oyster platter which comes with fries, hush puppies, and a choice of side dish.

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Oysters are shucked daily at The Half Shell on the Bayou (Courtesy The Half Shell on the Bayou)

Corner Oyster House

Corner Oyster House is the best place in the French Quarter to catch a game with your oysters. The 15 TVs are constantly showing everything from NFL games to gymnastics and team flags hang from the ceiling. Corner Oyster serves local, Louisiana oysters raw on the half shell by the dozen and half dozen with cocktail sauce, horseradish, and crackers. Deemed a "corner of heaven on the half shell" the chargrilled oysters with garlic butter and parmesan are some of the best in town. The oyster shooter drowns a single shellfish in the house-made bloody mary for a more adult experience. The sports bar is kid-friendly so little seafood lovers are encouraged to try their first oysters at Corner Oyster House.

Superior Seafood and Oyster Bar

Back in operation at 50% capacity, Superior Seafood and Oyster Bar is pleased to announce the return of its award-winning happy hour. Daily from 4-6 p.m. raw oysters are only $0.75! The house wine and draft beer selection will run you $4 and large servings of the three frozen cocktails (French 75, frosé, and pomegranate mojito) are available for the price of small. Beyond the happy hour specials, the raw oysters on the half shell are freshly shucked and from Louisiana. The chargrilled variation are cooked with garlic, butter, and both parmesan and romano cheeses. The "oysters superior" is a great way to try oysters in multiple styles including chargrilled, Rockefeller, and the NOLA favorite, Bienville. It's a steal at $16. 

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Get bivalves on a budget at the Superior Seafood happy hour (Courtesy Superior Seafood)

The Blue Crab Restaurant and Oyster Bar

Locally owned and operated, The Blue Crab Restaurant and Oyster Bar overlooks beautiful Lake Pontchartrain. The vibes inside bring to mind sitting on the dock with an ice-cold beer while enjoying a crawfish boil among friends. The happy hour menu offers local oysters raw on the half shell in quantities of 6 or 12 served with cocktail sauce. There are also chargrilled oysters smoked over an open grill and drizzled with lemon-garlic charbutter. The house specialty tops the bivalves with lump crab and bakes them until golden. Oyster shooters are only $3 or buy a round for friends because it's only $8 for three. All of these delicious preparations are available beyond happy hour as well. The blue crab collins made with vodka, fresh blueberries, and lemon is an excellent drink pairing for all things oyster.

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Fresh, local oysters with lake views (Courtesy The Blue Crab/Facebook)