Acme Oyster House
724 Iberville Street
New Orleans, LA
Damn good food, its a New Orlean’s classic. If you are going to pick only one oyster house in NOLA, which is difficult to do, pick this one. Dragos also has great grilled oysters, but this has that “experience.” (In other words, plan on standing in line.)
In 1910 the Acme Cafe was opened on Royal Street in the French Quarter. In 1924, a disastrous fire caused the collapse of the three-story Acme Saloon building. The Cafe was reopened as Acme Oyster House around the corner at 724 Iberville, where it still operates today.
Business had slowed for Acme and many other French Quarter businesses in the early 1980’s. For a while, Acme closed at 4:00 and had only one waitress on staff. This prompted Acme to make the now famous “Waitress available sometimes” neon sign.
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