Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Drago's, "Home of the Original Charbroiled Oysters" has been a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. However, I never had the privilege of slurping down one of these buttery bivalves until just a few weeks ago. With locations in both Fat City and the CBD, Drago's is a very convenient restaurant for locals, especially if you're planning to make a night of it. The Fat City location is conveniently close to the movie theater, and of course the Poydras Drago's is just down the street from a plethora of downtown bars and the Quarter. One such bar is LePhare, a lovely CBD watering-hole on Gravier that offers free Salsa lessons every Tuesday night at 8. Between dancing and the movies I of course chose to get my groove on.
But first, the meal! We started off this wonderful evening with crispy fried squid. This was a very scrumptious appetizer, but nothing compared to the oysters!
As you can probably tell from the picture below, these local oysters are absolutely loaded with butter, parmesan and herbs. The butter is really a bit out of control, but soooooo delicious. I'm really more of a raw oysters kind of girl, but these were mighty tasty, especially when you dip the bread in the leftover butter! Plus, they still taste great in the summer, even when they're out of season.
The only down side was the pieces of burnt shell that sometimes find their way into your bite. It's never fun to grind your teeth on a sand like consistency, but you figure out how to avoid the pieces of shell pretty quickly. Not the best place to go if you're on a diet, but great in moderation.

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