One thing we learned from our trip to New Orleans is that the locals really like their oysters. We had oysters in some way or form at nearly every meal: charbroiled oysters, oysters rockefeller, fried oysters, even the gumbo roux contained oysters.
In my research for my trip, I kept coming across Drago’s famous charbroiled oysters, so I made sure we made the time to go try them.
When we first entered the restaurant, I was immediately wary of the setting. It looked like a seafood tourist trap-type restaurant, like many of the ones in San Diego that I would not normally ever step foot in.
We started with the Shrimp Étouffée, which unfortunately, was not very good. It was quite salty and the light brown roux tasted like a bean puree.
Next, we had the legendary charbroiled oysters. The large platter arrived, with two giant French bread rolls. I removed the rolls so you could see the oysters better. We ordered a dozen and wondered if it would be too many for just the two of us, but we had absolutely no problems finishing these.
The charbroiled oysters are grilled over an open flame and topped with garlic, butter, herbs, and Parmesan and Romano cheese, creating a very flavorful bite. I did feel like the preparation seemed quite simplistic and would be fairly easy to recreate, but it was still extremely delicious and none of the other grilled oysters we had during our visit quite lived up to these, so there is something special in their methods.
Overall, if you are planning a trip to New Orleans, I definitely recommend you stopping here for the famous oysters, but skipping the rest of the food. I know we only tried one other item, but a few of my Chowzter friends dined here also and found the rest of the food underwhelming as well.
Drago’s Seafood Restaurant
2 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70140