Acme Oyster House, founded in 1910, has been around almost as long as Commander’s Palace, but in many ways, they’re worlds apart. Commander’s Palace is in New Orleans’ elegant Garden District, while Acme Oyster House is in the raunchy French Quarter. Commander’s Palace is quiet and refined; Acme Oyster House has the look and feel of a good ole honky-tonk. Commander’s Palace provides the most superb service you could find in a restaurant, while Acme Oyster House features a neon sign that reads: “Waitress Available Sometimes”.
What they have in common is that they both serve wonderful food.
Acme doesn’t take reservations, and the line to get into the restaurant starts forming before its 10:30 AM opening. Service is non-stop through an 11 PM closing.
Another day, another rich and filling Gumbo. This one featured chicken and andouille sausage.
This was the main reason I was here. It’s called Boom Boom Shrimp, and it tastes fantastic. I didn’t count, but I think there were somewhere between 30 and 40 shrimp in that bowl, and I gobbled down each and every one of them. Eleanor Shellstrop would die of envy, if she weren’t dead already.
The fried shrimp are coated in Acme’s homemade sauce, and its sweetness made me think one of the sauce’s ingredients might be honey. I later found some recipes online, which said it was made with mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce, and either toasted sesame oil or Sriracha.
The recipes look easy, and if I ever have a fully-functioning kitchen again, I’m certainly going to try this at home.