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Casamento's

4330 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA - (504) 895-9761
Posted By Michael Stern on 12/14/2003 3:15:00 PM
Casamento’s is a neighborhood joint that closes for a long vacation every year in the summer, but during the R months, it is a great oyster destination. Be warned: it is a very weird place, one of the LEAST romantic restaurants we know: extremely bright overhead fluorescent lights, tile walls reminiscent of a bathroom, and a waitstaff that shuffles from the kitchen to tables with such angst that you feel sorry for the poor old gals. Casamento's two small dining rooms have only a few dozen chairs, plus room for a couple of stand-up oyster eaters at the bar in front.

Although the famous thing to eat is seafood, and rightly so, some old-timers come for Casamento’s spaghetti and meatballs, or for the fascinating red-sauced platter of well-cooked noodles and slices of meat known as daube. Daube is a curious legacy of the Creole-Italian kitchen, but if it's your first or only visit to Casamento's, go for oysters, soft-shelled crabs, shrimp, or fish.

The best dish in the house is an oyster loaf. It is like a po boy sandwich – New Orleans’ version of a hero – but significantly bulkier. To make an oyster loaf, they fry the oysters so that each one is crackle-crusted. Heaps of these briney-sweet nuggets are loaded between big slabs of sideways-sliced white bread. The bland yeasty bread is the perfect companion for crunchy, ocean-flavored oysters. A dozen or two just-opened raw oysters on the half shell and a full-size oyster loaf is a feast for two.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Oyster Loaf
Spaghetti Daube
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Six freshly-shucked oysters on the half shell.
"Six freshly-shucked oysters on the half shell."
Michael Stern





The oysters are shucked in the front room, where you can stand at the bar if you wish and eat them as they're shucked.
"The oysters are shucked in the front room, where you can stand at the bar if you wish and eat them as they're shucked."
Michael Stern


You can hardly miss Casamento's as you drive out along Magazine Street. It is a bright place, outside and in.
"You can hardly miss Casamento's as you drive out along Magazine Street. It is a bright place, outside and in."
Michael Stern


Casamento's is one of the most brightly-lit restaurants we know. While this makes for ambience that is something other than romantic, it does allow an excellent view of all the food, which is beautiful.
"Casamento's is one of the most brightly-lit restaurants we know. While this makes for ambience that is something other than romantic, it does allow an excellent view of all the food, which is beautiful."
Michael Stern


This is Daube: spaghetti noodles topped with tomato sauce and a few flaps of pot roast.
"This is Daube: spaghetti noodles topped with tomato sauce and a few flaps of pot roast."
Michael Stern



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