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One of my favorite restaurants, best gumbo in NOLA, The Half Shell On The Bayou


Oyster Bar & Grill

The best gumbo in New Orleans is at the Half Shell on Bayou Rd! No need to try to convince me otherwise,because it taste just like my Momo’s and she’s was the best, but passed away. I have tasted a many bowls since Hurricane Katrina took her home from her ultimately stopping her from ever cooking again.

But right now I’m writing about the best gumbo at the Half Shell on the Bayou!😋⚜

The Half Shell on the Bayou, located in the 7th Ward/Bayou St. John area of New Orleans is a seafood restaurant servings some of the freshest and tastiest New Orleans favorites, offering daily lunch and happy hour specials. The Voodoo Oysters and gumbo are customer favorites. If you are craving oysters the Hslf Shell is the place to come! Chargrilled, fried, or raw on the half shell, the best high quality, plump, flavorful oysters in New Orleans are served at the Half Shell. I highly recommend that you stop in to get your cravings satisfied.

As I mentioned the Voodoo oysters are a local favorite, well let’s say all who partake of the succulently deliciousness, like hello the oysters are great alone, but the chef amps it up by adding blue cheese and bacon….lort yassss! Yum, talk about a mouth explosion!

A black owned, husband and wife team business are serving up great food, service and ambience that only can be found in New Orleans. The couple and staff are very welcoming, nice, hospitable and engaging, most of the customers establish friendships with them.

The mouth watering New Orleans menu is priced just right for the locals. The Half Shell on the Bayou is a family friendly space with lots of beautiful artwork representing our New Orleans culture. Also catering to the grownups they offer a hott poppin happy hour with great drink and menu specials. On certain nights you will find a live DJ or Jazz band. Great location with an outdoor patio to host an event or watch the games.

I can’t wait to go back to get me a big bowl of gumbo, a couple dozen oysters and a few cold glasses from the happy hour menu and just pig out listening to jazz on the patio


I’ll actually be at the Half Shell on Bayou Rd on June 21st hosting an entrepreneur networking event sponsored by Reuben Detiege of WSBN. I’m hoping I do not have to remind him to have gumbo as a offering for our guest… I need a bowl of gumbo like now, I hope I can wait that long…geez

The Half Shell on the Bayou will not disappoint your senses.

Catering Spread for WSBN Networking Event

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp

Voodoo Oysters




Wed4:00 – 11:00 PM

Thu4:00 – 11:00 PM

Fri11:30 AM – 11:00 PM

Sat4:00 – 11:00 PM

Sun12:00 AM – 8:00 PM

2517 Bayou Road, New Orleans, LA

70119, USA +1 504-558-4403

Native of New Orleans, who endured 20yrs cruel Minnesota Cold, I decided at 42yrs old it was time to pack up my then 6yr old and come back to my roots. I am all things that would challenge the belief of growing up in New Orleans. I was a 16yr old teen mother of a preterm 2lb baby girl born with a disability. With the help of my mother who had her own struggles. We survived the obstacles laid before us. I'm the proud mother of three children with two failed adoptions, as well as a grandmother of three, two grandsons and a granddaughter. I survived two abusive marriages. I successfully ran a soulfood restaurant and catering company in Minnesota for 12 years. I started creating custom cakes after the murder of my beloved cousin Melvin Paul.  He survived Katrina only to go to Minneapolis six months later to be murdered over a parking spot dispute.  I put my all into my cake business over the years as House of Cakes was started right out of my house in honor of him. I thought by having the big house on the hill, a husband, having a family, foster/adoptive mother at that, being involved in all things that matter, plus having the funds to match would cure me in a sense; but most of it poisoned my heart and soul. I had a broken heart and I felt deep down the only way to repair it was to get back to my roots, my soul, my home,  myself, my New Orleans. I'm here and I'm loving it. Even being in the so called Blighted Area of New Orleans and not having all the financial and material security, I'm happy. I am determined that She, yes New Orleans is a woman is just like me; together we will overcome and will rise from all that tried to kill our spirit. Nothing like starting from the bottom and making your way back up! I'm down in the boot, but I know I have a nice floppy hat awaiting my destiny...

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