I had to wait for at least a few minutes every time I went to Acme Oysters although I tried to go at times when the line would not be as long (late lunch or late dinner). While you are in line look at the faces of the people coming out: they are all smiling and will often tell you: “Stay in line, it is worth the wait.” The line moves pretty fast, especially if you are willing to take first available seats.
However, I strongly advise you against sitting at a table. Sitting at the oyster bar is more fun. Ask to sit at the oyster bar with David or Hollywood. Ask them about where their oysters come from and their favorite dishes at Acme. Watch as they shuck the oysters you will be eating.
I’ve had oysters for years and never really quite understood why some people where so wild about them. After tasting the ones at Acme Oyster House, I now understand the obsession. I had never really tasted an oyster with such concentrated yet delicate flavor, and such firm and plump flesh. The fresh ice-cold oysters are divine. You would think it is sacrilege to cook them, but their char-grilled oysters with seasoned butter and grated Romano cheese are just as delicious.
If you want a taste of local dishes, the New Orleans Medley gives you a taste of gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, and smoked sausage. For a side, the hush puppies are delicious and are wonderful as is, no butter needed. The boo fries are just sinful. The oysters in the fried oyster po-boy have the perfect crunchy coating. If it is crawfish that you want, both the boiled and fried are tender and flavorful, with just the right amount of seasoning/spices.
Don’t leave without trying the bread pudding, with caramelized bits and pieces, and submerged in a luscious and buttery whiskey sauce.