Drago's Seafood Restaurant on Poydras
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Drago's sets the standard for seafood dining. Its peerless charbroiled oysters are the centerpiece of a menu that offers innovative food and classic platters with equal skill - all with a distinctly New Orleans flavor.
A New Orleans dining institution, Dragos Seafood Restaurant officially opened in February 1969 at 3232 N. Arnoult in Metairie, Louisiana.
It all began with Drago and Klara Cvitanovich who were part of the close-knit Croatian community in New Orleans since the 1800s. An original restaurant was owned by his brother-in-law, Drago Batinich.
Once that restaurant closed, Cvitanovich moved to notable New Orleans restaurant Acme Oyster House, where he continued to hone his skills shucking oysters. When he felt the time was right, Drago used his vast experience to fulfill his dream of opening his own place.
He hired women from the old restaurant to run the kitchen in the new Drago's most notably "Mama Ruth" Jenkins. Mama Ruth passed away in 1992 and is remembered as the best Creole cook in the world.
Klara Cvitanovich, Drago's wife, is the queen of Drago's restaurant. When Drago's opened, Klara worked full-time in the travel department at D.H. Holmes. She still found time to do the restaurant's bookkeeping, and every evening she was at the front door greeting patrons.
In the early days, Drago and Klara washed and folded linens until midnight after the restaurant closed. Drago returned to the restaurant early every morning to open. He chauffeured employees, spent hours at the grocery store, opened oysters, tended bar and made trips to Plaquemines Parish to purchase oysters from the Croatian fishermen. Today the restaurant is run by their very capable son Tommy who still buys their oysters from some of the same Croatian fisherman.
Under Tommy's direction, Drago's has opened the family's second location at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. This location offers the same delicious menu items such as the dish that made the restaurant famous, Charbroiled Oysters. And both restaurants will continue to be guided by Tommy's philosophy, Everything is about and for the customer.
From the delectable lobster dishes to Drago's Original Charbroiled Oysters and Mama Ruth's Gumbo, they've got it all come and enjoy you wont want to miss out on a New Orleans tradition at Drago's!
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The oysters, raw or grilled, are reason enough to come here. They come from premium Louisiana sources and are hard to beat. Those who like lobster find very fresh ones here; they sell so many that none of the crustaceans hang around long enough to lose their fat. The rest of the menu starts where most casual seafood restaurants stop. Fried seafood platters are a footnote to a menu that offers many other delicious opportunities.
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