My first meal in New Orleans was an early Friday dinner at Deanie’s Seafood on the corner of Dauphine and Iberville Streets (just off Bourbon Street), which wasn’t far from where I was staying.
The décor is nice, but I didn’t take notes, so I can’t provide any details. Suffice it to say it’s not a dive, but it’s not a fancy restaurant either. It’s a middle-of-the-road restaurant. The bar area is at the front of the restaurant and features a very long bar with plenty of seating as well as some high tables in front of large, sunny windows. I chose to eat at the bar. There was only one other customer there. The restaurant itself seemed much busier, with larger groups of people.
The bartender was quick and efficient, which I appreciated, since I was ravenous by that point, having missed lunch. I ordered the Bucktown Blues Salad and a half dozen grilled oysters. These would be my first oysters EVER, let alone my first grilled oysters. The salad was a plate full of romaine lettuce sprinkled with pecans and blue cheese with a delightfully sweet and tangy vinaigrette dressing. It was very good. Then the oysters were brought out. They looked delicious, topped with parmesan cheese. And they were delicious, the salty taste of the parmesan balancing nicely with the tangy sweetness of the salad dressing. However, the consistency of the oysters was still a bit of a turn-off.
The main reason I’ve never eaten oysters before is that most people eat them raw, and the mucus consistency really grosses me out. Even grilled, they were a little to mucous for me. So while the taste was great, the consistency almost triggered my gag reflex. Like some other things I did in New Orleans, I’m really glad I tried them once, but I probably won’t do it again. I would, however, gladly go back to Deanie’s again. It gets a big thumbs up from me.
Deanie’s Seafood is located at 841 Iberville Street in the French Quarter. They are open for lunch and dinner (11 am to 10 or 11 pm), and they do not take reservations.