If you’re planning a trip to Louisiana this summer, make sure to explore Jefferson Parish’s Oyster Trail! The Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. and the Louisiana Tourism Recovery Program started the Louisiana Oyster Trail in 2012 to highlight Jefferson Parish restaurants serving Louisiana Oysters!
Visitors to the Louisiana rail Oyster Twill experience local flavor, as well as “lagniappe.” Each participating restaurant’s 3-foot tall oyster sculpture hand-painted with flair by a local artist!
The Louisiana Oyster Trail features 20 participating restaurants and businesses and continues to grow. The Louisiana Oyster Trail spans Jefferson parish extending from restaurants in the metropolitan areas surrounding Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River all the way to the Gulf of Mexico in Grand Isle.
Oysters have many nutritional benefits including being low in fat, calories, and cholesterol, high in protein and rich in omega 3 fatty acids. Additionally, oysters can help to cleanse their ecosystem of pollutants and are a benefit to the environment. Adult oysters are capable of filtering 25-50 gallons of water a day. Filtered water helps with the growth of seagrass, which is a feeding and breeding ground for other species such as rockfish and blue crabs. Oyster reefs also help to shelter fish and crabs.
Have we convinced you? Here are a few of our favorite stops along the trail.
Enjoy fresh wild Louisiana seafood at one of New Orleans’ favorite seafood restaurants: Deanie’s Seafood. With their deliciously large menu, Deanie’s offers a friendly and relaxed place to unwind at its original location in Bucktown, in the French Quarter, and its new location in the Garden District.
Known for serving huge portions of the best boiled, broiled and fried Louisiana seafood in Deanie’s signature Creole seasonings, Deanie’s has earned the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for six years in a row.
At Restaurant des Familles in Crown Point, you’ll experience Classic Creole and Cajun fare served in a unique setting along Bayou des Familles, just outside of Lafitte. The restaurant is located inside a beautiful Creole cottage with picturesque views of the bayou.
Looking for an upscale fine dining experience? Chef Andrea Apuzzo’s Andrea’s Restaurant prepares the freshest in Northern Italian cuisine, seafood, steaks, veal, and more. The spectacular dessert and specialty drinks, beautiful atmosphere, impeccable service and outstanding cuisine ensures your visit to Andrea’s will be unforgettable.