This blog well documents the tradition started 3 years ago: Fried oysters for birthday fare with the goal of indulging at a different restaurant each year until I run out of money, health, luck, or whatever else would come in the way of the tradition.Birthday 2014 was observed at the New Orleans Seafood and Spirits Restaurant in my hometown of Covington. The half-po-boy is all I can handle–it’s covered with a mountain of oysters sufficient to cover a full-sized po’boy in most places these days. And, they really know how to fry oysters right. This is the third time I’ve been there, and each visit is perfection: crisp, never mushy, always hot, and seasoned to perfection.
Though our kids have lately left us for out of state, we gathered family around us today: Mama and my sister and brother-in-law made the day and the oysters all the more special. (Not to neglect Dr. Fontenot’s handy forceps a couple of days ago, which literally saved the enjoyment of this day with the extraction of that offensive tooth!)
Let’s see where 2015 lands us for oysters a year from now. I can’t wait!