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Fried Oysters, Rabbit & Sausage Jambalaya, Tasso… all found at Coop’s in French Quarter

1109 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
Neighborhood: French Quarter

I’m a little sad that I didn’t fully do my research before coming to Nola. We booked the tickets about a month ago on a whim because we all just wanted to go somewhere. I sort of forgot about the trip until the weekend came up, which for the non-planners in the world, is perfectly great! For the planners in the world, myself, I felt lost and slightly stressed out about not knowing what we were going to do and eat everyday. Luckily, we had phones and the Yelp app. Luckily, G.B. knew he wanted jambalaya for his last meal in Nola. Luckily, LAW is very good at Googling and filtering for the best jambalaya in French Quarter area. Coop’s Place is a gritty restaurant close to Café Du Monde (where everyone gets their beignets) serves up all the best of Nola.

started with the seafood gumbo, which came with my taste plate (second last photo). Unlike other gumbos I had earlier, this one was lighter, less thick, and way more spicy. It was a great tantalizing soup to get my tastebuds craving for more food.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe shared the Fried Oysters served with cocktail sauce and lemon ($9.50) as a starter. BEST FRIED OYSTERS I’VE EVER HAD. I normally never opt for fried oysters because I always felt that the friedness completely overpowers the natural sweetness and umami flavor from the raw oyster. They didn’t have raw oysters on the menu so I had to go with these. Best choice of my life.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARestaurants-who-fry-oysters, listen up. The oyster should still be raw inside the fried batter! It has to be flash-fried so quickly so that the oyster doesn’t cook. The batter has to be super crispy and light so that it doesn’t overpower the oyster. This perfect specimen here maintains the deliciousness of a raw oyster and is further complimented by a thin layer of crispiness. So damn good. E.C. and I were its biggest fans. We ordered another portion before even finishing the first plate. Continue reading Fried Oysters, Rabbit & Sausage Jambalaya, Tasso… all found at Coop’s in French Quarter

Gumbo Hidden in the back of a Dirty Casino

Oyster Bar
Palace Station Hotel & Casino
2418 W Sahara Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89102

Dinner #1 in Vegas!  So in my search for something delicious and uniquely Vegas (as in one where they don’t have a sister restaurant in NYC… almost all the good ones do!), I found Oyster Bar, a restaurant tucked in the back of the Palace Station Hotel & Casino.  I had never been to Palace Station nor heard of it so did not know what to expect…   Palace sounds grandiose enough and the restaurant is rated so ridiculously well everywhere that in my mind, I pictured somewhat of a decent looking place.  I was very wrong.  The Palace Station is a smokey, dingy casino filled with unattractive drunks.  I was very skeptical that we had been taken to the right place… until I stumbled upon a huge line starting at… some bar.

The Oyster Bar is literally, a bar.  It is TINY.  Fits about 15 people around the bar and is right next to the slot machines.  It was about 10:00pm when we got there and we did not order until 11:30.  Craziness!  What could all the fuss be about…


They specialize in southern seafood dishes like Gumbo, Pan Roasts, and Chowders.  They have a really neat cooking machine (see bottom left and right) where they cook each dish to order (very impressive and unexpected for dishes like gumbo) in these attached metal bowls that heat up very quickly and swing down to speed the serving process.  By the time we got to sit down and order, I was miserably hungry.  And I really do mean miserable. Continue reading Gumbo Hidden in the back of a Dirty Casino