Acme was the common restaurant mentioned by everyone who has visited New Orleans. It seems to be more famous for cooked oysters than raw, although I wasn’t interested in having either. It’s also famous for having long lines. I fortunately arrived between meals, and since they serve non-stop, I got seated within 5 minutes.
Though the menu was fairly compact, almost every dish was its own enticement. I wanted to try one of their gumbos in addition to a main dish. I had a cup of seafood gumbo, which was perfectly seasoned and delicious. The main dish was a Half and Half Poboy, with shrimp on one side and a fish filet on the other. I finally discovered what McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish was trying to be, though it fails miserably!
I was so hungry for the Poboy that I forgot to take a picture until the sandwich was already half-devoured. Even the picture of the gumbo below had a preliminary “spoon dunk”. Sometimes discipline goes right out the window when you are so hungry and the food is so good!
The décor is pretty sparse, and the meal is served efficiently to get you fed and on your way, to allow others to do the same. I did not feel rushed by any of the staff, but it’s not the place where you would feel comfortable to linger.
Acme is famous for a reason, and any time a restaurant has been open for over 100 years, they have to be doing a lot of things right.
Rating 4.5/5.0 – Really liked it
Acme Oyster House
724 Iberville St
New Orleans, LA 70130