Annual Seafood Survey For 2015:
The 33 Best Restaurants
For Fish & Shellfish
Every year during Lent, we take a long, loving look at the most distinctive part of the New Orleans menu: our matchless seafood. The theme is different each year, but every odd year (such as 2015) we update our list of the thirty-three best seafood restaurants in New Orleans. (Thirty-three is the number of weekdays from Ash Wednesday to Good Friday.)
A few notes for the nit-pickers (of which I am one):
1. Although the words “seafood restaurant” connote the easy-going, casual restaurant with its boiled and fried platters full of the most familiar edible seafood species. that is not what we mean by them here. The primary qualification for restaurants on this list is that seafood is enough of a specialty that they could make it on their seafood alone. And that a typical customer is more likely to order seafood than anything else. That takes in not just the casual places, but a lot of other kinds of establishments.
2. The entire world of sushi and sashimi is disregarded. Not because it doesn’t matter, but because it deserves a list all its own.
3. The New Orleans area is enriched by far more than thirty-three good seafood kitchens. The thirty-third best seafood restaurant here is better than the best seafood restaurant in most other cities, and very good by any standard. The fact that the three-star Acme at the low end of the countdown proves just how pleasurable our seafood spectrum is.
And with that said, away we go!