Oysters Rockefeller and boudin balls
Our recent sojourn to south Louisiana allowed us to enjoy wonderful meals, great people and beautiful scenery. One of the places that gave us all three was Dupuy’s Oyster Shop in Abbeville. Dupuy’s first opened for business in 1869 and has been operating from the same location ever since. The simplicity of the dining room provides the perfect backdrop for simple, yet delicious food.
Owing to Squirrelly, Jr.’s new-found love of fried boudin balls, we were obligated to have Dupuy’s as an appetizer. These were wonderful: large balls of seasoned rice and pork, battered and fried. This is not Memphis grocery store boudin (which I will say is only questionable at best). This boudin is obviously made in small batches by people who care about getting it just right. Papa Squirrel and I were lucky to get one to share and still manage to keep all of our fingers.
While we were out of season for Dupuy’s famous raw oysters, Papa and I did enjoy the best oysters Rockefeller that I have ever put in my mouth. Not only were these simply beautiful oysters to start with, but the spinach topping was absolutely perfect. My mouth is watering now just from thinking about those. I can’t wait to get back there for oyster season.
Papa and I started our meal with a cup of corn and crab bisque. This was a velvety concoction of corn and cream with chunks of succulent crab and sweet peppers. The soup was followed by a small salad with beautiful house-made peppercorn dressing. Papa and I then shared the special of the day: crawfish etouffee-smothered catfish with macque choux and sauteed vegetables. Every bite was delicious, and the portion was perfect for us to share.
Teh Boy decided to have a po-boy. Of course, once he got a look at the menu, there was only one choice for his filling: fried alligator. Teh Boy has long been a gator connoisseur, but he declared this to be the best ever.
We finished the meal with Dupuy’s pecan pie. This was a small deep-dish pie filled with pecans in a rich cane-syrup base served hot with a scoop of rich vanilla ice cream. It took every bit of our combined restraint to keep from licking the dish clean.
Hmm, I’m getting hungry. If I start driving now…
Dupuy’s Oyster Shop
108 South Main Street
Abbeville, LA 70510
Tuesday – Friday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m and 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.