Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Nero's Bids Fond Farewell to Favorite Gulf Oysters

Posted By on Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 8:50 AM

The last oysters from P&Js of New Orleans.
  • The last oysters from P&J's of New Orleans.
My old friend John Griswold at Nero's in Green Hills was sad to report that P&J Oysters, which has distributed seafood from its base in New Orleans for 134 years, is shutting is oyster-shucking operation after the one-two punch of Katrina and the oil spill. Here are the last P&J oysters, served at Nero's. They were plump, sweet, oyster-y and delicious.

The good news: Gulf oysters will still be available from other outlets, at least for now. Griswold says: "They'll be smaller, because they'll be harvesting them up sooner." (Because of the uncertain future of the oyster beds, fishermen are scooping them up as soon as possible.) And P&J told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that it will still sell oysters, but sourced outside the gulf.

Ironically, some restaurateurs report selling more oysters than ever, as diners face the prospect of a future without.

To read more about the Horizon oil spill's devastating effect on New Orleans' restaurant industry, click here.

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