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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

Upstate in East Village

95 1st Ave
New York, NY 10003

Craving seafood on a Friday night, per usual, I scoured the Internet for good options near home.  Upstate popped up a number of times as a low key beer and oysters kind of shack.  They are known for simplicity and freshness.  Sounded good to me.  I hear that normally there is always a wait on weekend nights but we managed to arrive right when a table of two was leaving – score!  We ordered 10 oysters ($2.50-$2.75 each), two of each: Sheepscot River (ME), Fanny Bay (BC), Kumamoto (CA), Hammersley (Puget Sound), and Skookum (WA).  Notice how we only ordered one East Coast type… both LAW and I prefer creamy sweet oysters to briney ones.  Kumamoto oysters won by far, as expected!

If you know me at all, you’ll know that I love scallops and will typically always order the scallop dish if there is one.  Well, since I started buying scallops on my own, I’ve stopped this nonsense because scallops are so darn expensive and petty at restaurants.  Case in point.  The scallop special ($18) included four very fresh steamed (I think?) scallops over a bed of summer slaw (zucchini and cucumbers), drizzled with olive oil and vinegar.  It was suuuuuuper simple and very healthy tasting.  I quite liked it and thought that the fresh, sweet scallops went very well with the veggies.  LAW thought it all tasted just a bit too healthy and was not quite filling enough.  I’ll have to agree with the not-quite-filling enough part… four scallops with zero grease equates to an appetizer portion in my mind.  I could definitely have two portions of these, easily! Continue reading Upstate in East Village