Not Quite the “Acme of Perfection,” But A-OK

3000 Veterans' Blvd., Metairie, Louisiana

By Patricia B. Mitchell, 2005.

Acme Oyster House, Metairie, Louisiana

As both tourists and French Quarter residents, my husband and I have frequented Acme Oyster House (see their website) on Iberville Street in New Orleans' French Quarter. Recently, however, we ventured out to the Acme in Metairie. (“Metry” is a suburb to the west of New Orleans.) Good news: the Metairie Acme passes muster. Henry had the Fried Peace-Maker Po-boy ($7.99), which is a big poor boy sandwich with fried oysters and shrimp on it. I had the Fried Catfish Po-boy ($6.99). Daughter Sarah chose the Soup and Salad ($7.99), selecting Oyster Rockefeller Soup; and son Jonathan ordered the Grilled Marinated Shrimp Salad ($8.99).

All our choices were quite satisfactory. The service was a trifle slow, though our waiter Steve was pleasant. We had an appointment mid-afternoon, so I was getting a little antsy — no time for dessert. One should remember to always maintain a loosey-goosey schedule in New Orleans and environs, n'est-ce pas? Anyway, it's always fun to people-watch while you wait.

Sarah started her meal with a generously-sized salad of mixed greens; spinach (a few leaves of which were slimy), purple cabbage, tasty ripe red cherry tomatoes, and miniature carrots; but, unfortunately, no onion. The blue cheese dressing was too thin, though it did contain some small pieces of blue cheese.

Acme's Fried Catfish Po-boy

Acme's Fried Catfish Po-boy.

Her Oyster Rockefeller Bisque was rich and creamy, though the Parmesan cheese and herbsaint were almost imperceptible. The soup was garnished with one thickly-battered, darkly-fried oyster. She declared that her selection was “very good.”

Jonathan's Grilled Marinated Shrimp Salad was the same sort of salad mixture as Sarah's, topped, of course, with the shrimp. It was worth ordering again, according to our son.

Henry and I both liked our big po'boys. They were dressed with shredded lettuce and sliced tomatoes. Henry, in fact, said his was excellent; I could have done with a little more catfish.

Acme is open from 11 a.m. until late. They take credit cards. The atmosphere is upbeat, energetic, and stimulating.

Acme's Mixed Greens Salad

Acme's Mixed Greens Salad.

Acme's Rockefeller Bisque

Rockefeller Bisque.

Acme's Fried Peace-Maker Po-boy

Fried Peace-Maker Po-boy.

Acme's Grilled Marinated Shrimp Salad

Grilled Marinated Shrimp Salad.