500BestSquareOysters Rockefeller @ Galatoire’s

Although Antoine’s invented oysters Rockefeller, other restaurants are not constrained by the need to stick with the original recipe. Some have improved on the idea. Galatoire’s includes spinach with the other greens Antoine’s uses in its recipe, and may have been the first to do so. (Antoine’s never had spinach in its version.) I also get a more pronounced anise flavor in Galatoire’s. It comes out on the shells, the green sauce blasted with enough heat that it gets a little browned and crusty on top. A great starter to split. (Who can eat half a dozen of these things and keep on going?)

Oysters Rockefeller at Galatoire's

Oysters Rockefeller at Galatoire’s

Galatoire’s. French Quarter: 209 Bourbon. 504-525-2021.

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