Thursday, October 21, 2010

Flash 55 Friday - Drago's Seafood Restaurant, Metairie, LA - October 22, 2010

Flash 55 Friday - Drago's Seafood Restaurant, Metairie, LA - October 22, 2010

I was barely off the airplane,
When I settled down to dine,
At a favorite New Orleans restaurant,
With dishes most divine!

We began with charbroiled oysters,
Then, much to my delight,
The waiter announced the special,
Soft shell crabs were on that night!! 

Welcome back to New Orleans,
Land of jazz and great cuisines!

Carmen Henesy

Copyright (c)  Carmen Henesy
All rights reserved. 
Drago and his wife, Klara Cvitanovich, are descendants of New Orleans' Croatian
community, dating back to the 1800's.  After working first at his brother-in-law's
restaurant, then the Acme Oyster House, Drago finally opened  his own place in Feb
of 1969.  It is definitely a family affair, with his wife welcoming guests and Drago, until
recent years, shucking oysters, tending bar, and buying oysters from Croatian oyster
men in Plaquemines Parish.  His son, Tommy, now runs the restaurant and its second
location at the New Orleans Hilton. 

Two signature dishes are their charbroiled oysters and Mama Ruth's gumbo.

The fire for charbroiling oysters

Oysters from Plaquemines Parish, LA - purchased from Croatian oystermen

Maine lobsters, waiting for hungry customers

Scrumptious charbroiled oysters

Cheers, with CA Clos Du Bois chardonnay

Soft shell crab on  a bed of shrimp and crab

Oysters and shrimp in tequila, portobello mushroom

Our neighbor's ahi tuna

I'm participating in Flash 55 Friday, sponsored by Mr. G-Man - come join us.


  1. I've just put New Orleans on my "bucket list". There was an AA convention there one year and now I could kick myself for not going.

  2. Delicious 55! Cheers!

  3. nice. did you eat any mudbug? them stuffed in alligator tail...

  4. I saw your book in my letter box finally. Thank you very much.

    Let's me talk to your little angle slowly though he has a million things to do, if he can stay awake.

  5. I was in New Orleans in 1980 with 40,000 of my best friends. It was a fabulous experience. About 100 of us flew in from Vancouver, BC, a week before the convention so we could take in the music, atmosphere and food. I'm so grateful I was able to be there -- I know what it means to miss New Orleans!!
    -- K

  6. visited your blog for the first time.. and loved it!! First thing that stuck is the color of your blog.. i love purple!! And saw your poetry book.. great that you write poems!! I write too... do check my other posts (poetry related).. hope you enjoyyyy =)

  7. It looks like G-Man's 55 inspired yours. An interesting (and yummy) 55, Carmen!

  8. looks delicious....i LOVE the food iin New Orleans...Love New Orleans !!!!

    my brother went to the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival...he said the cars were backed up for miles in both directions...SUPER CROWDED !!!

    I have never been to it....

    sending Halloween Love and CHEERS to tonight's Full Hunter's Moon

    kary and teddy

  9. Oh, Carmen, that meal is my idea of heaven! And you wrote it so deliciously.

  10. Thats one of the few places where you can get Grilled Oysters.
    They are Divine is right!
    Delicious 55 My Dear...
    Thank You for the visual treat.
    Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

  11. sounds wonderful, we will have to meet in new orleans one day.

  12. Anonymous1:28 PM

    What a yummy 55 my friend. It looks delicious and it turned into a great story. Have a great Friday :)

  13. new orleans is a great town, and the food?! YES

  14. Oh my God, I am so hungry now. Mrs. MM has neve been to New Orleans. We will visit Drago's when we go.

  15. What an absolute feast!!!

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    Retiredandcrazy -
    I've no doubt that you'll get to New Orleans one of these days!

    Belinda -
    Thanks for stopping by! Hope you'll be back.

    Brian Miller -
    There weren't any boiled crawfish but my friend had them in her freezer and made a fantastic crawfish etouffe for me my last night in town.
    When I was in nursing school from 1962 t0 1965,
    you could get 3 lbs of them, boiled, for only
    one dollar!

    rainfield61 -
    I am so glad you got my book, at last. I'll be interested to know what you thought of my poems.

    Kay L.Davies -
    We had a big forensic nursing conference a few years ago and a group of my friends went with me a few days early so I could show them all my old haunts. It was so much fun. I introduced them to all my classmates there and, boy, did they tell stories on me.

    Pritty -
    I'm so glad you stopped by. I hope you'll visit often.

    Eric Alder -
    I'm afraid I need to fast now and get on the treadmill after my five days in New Orleans.

    My Farmhouse Kitchen -
    Teddy is certainly getting bigger! It sounds like you are staying quite busy.

    Pattiken -
    New Orleans has to be one of the best places in the country to eat. I never tire of the seafood.

  17. Ahi

    Lovely header for your blog, a great photo you took.

    The food looks fabulous --- a nice and delicious ff55er for us to drool over.

    You and G-man could start a food blog together for Sunday supper


  18. You sure like that seafood! Me, not so much...

  19. Hi Carmen, I'm back from vacation and just caught up on your New Orleans posts. It sounds like a fun reunion and a fabulous vacation. Thanks for sharing your stories and all the wonderful photos.

    Take care and have a happy weekend. jj

  20. You are making me want to get in my car, right now, and drive over there! Love Drago's, everything looks fabulous! So glad you enjoyed yourself! Cheers!

  21. you made me drool. now i am hungry.