Acme Oyster House
Whether it’s your first visit to New Orleans or you live here, you’ve probably heard of Acme Oyster House.
To get the whole story, you have to go back more than a century. The original Acme Café opened in 1910 on Royal Street. Unfortunately, a fire destroyed the first location, and Acme Oyster House set up shop on Iberville in 1924.
Today, its red glowing neon sign is a beacon of hope for oyster lovers wandering the streets of New Orleans. And one visit is all it takes to get people to make Acme part of their New Orleans itinerary.
“I think the reason people come back to Acme is the experience they have when they come dine with us. We offer great food, and the atmosphere can’t be beaten.”
But the atmosphere at Acme isn’t just what’s hanging on the walls — it’s the people. One of the greatest is Master Shucker “Stormin” Norman, who didn’t exactly go through what you would consider a traditional hiring process.
“I stopped in to get a beer back in 1978,” says Norman. “They needed help for Mardi Gras, and I just never left.”
Norman might look familiar when you see him, because he’s pretty famous, shucking oysters everywhere from the Grammys to the Masters. He has a certain magnetic effect on the people in New Orleans.
“I’m like a musician,” says Norman. “I bring people to this restaurant.”
And if you’re looking for tips on how to properly consume an oyster, class is always in session.
“I eat them with a squeeze of lemon and cocktail sauce straight from the shell,” says Norman.
Go see what the shuck is going on today at Acme Oyster House.