A day to be adored by shrimp-lovers everywhere is National French Fried Shrimp Day on December 21. Many Louisianans crave the goodness that is seafood, but billions of people around the world share that same sentiment. According to southfloridareporter.com, Americans consume one billion pounds of shrimp per year! It is also the most popular seafood eaten throughout the United States, with seafood gumbo, shrimp cocktail, and shrimp scampi as North America's most popular shrimp dishes. Another fun fact about shrimp is that there are over 120 different species of them, so shrimp aficionados have had their share or two of some of the various types of shrimp around the world. As seafood such as shrimp is one of many staples within Louisiana's culinary culture, here is a list of five places in New Orleans offering delicious fried shrimp that one can enjoy on December 21, for National French Fried Shrimp Day, or any day afterwards.
Acme Oyster House
Since 1910, Acme Oyster House has been providing New Orleans with great seafood. Fried shrimp enthusiasts will love their Boom Boom Shrimp, which is fried shrimp coated in Acme's homemade sweet and spicy sauce. For a lighter meal, Acme's popcorn shrimp salad is topped with tasty fried shrimp, adding a nice crunch to their freshly made salads. Acme is also home to the Fried Peace Maker Po-Boy, which was voted #4 of the Top 10 sandwiches, with fried shrimp and friend oysters seasoned to perfection and topped with a nice Tabasco-infused mayo. They offer half-and-half po-boys for those wanting a sandwich with half-shrimp and half-something else. Acme's also has shrimp platters and french fries, with a choice of coleslaw, hush puppies, or potato salad. Get one of their specialty drinks or wine options to accompany their fried meals. Multiple locations, acmeoyster.com
Ray's On The Ave.
Ray's On The Ave. is one of New Orleans's premier Creole and soul-food restaurants. They offer delicious homestyle Cajun and Creole specialties, along with soul-food favorites, to satisfy any food craving. Try Ray's World-Famous Soul Platter, which is complete with fried shrimp, fish, chicken wings, fries, hushpuppies, and toast. Their menu also offers other great shrimp options, such as shrimp pasta served with fried or grilled shrimp or fish, New Orleans-style shrimp po-boys with buttered and toasted French bread, and fried shrimp plates with fries. Ray's On The Ave. also delivers through apps such as Postmates and UberEats, so tasty seafood orders can be delivered right to your house. Ray's On The Ave. has great shrimp dishes that give everyone their fill of flavorful shrimp, whether they prefer it fried or grilled. 2005 N. Broad Ave., (504) 766-6404, facebook.com/raysontheave
Landry's Seafood House
Landry's provides a tasty experience of the Gulf Coast with their flavorful seafood. Patrons can get shrimp added to their Caesar salads and enjoy shrimp po-boys with french fries and onion strings. At Landry's Seafood House, visitors can even add a fried, broiled, or blackened shrimp skewer to accompany their entrees. Landry's menu includes other fried shrimp dishes and seafood platters with fried shrimp, fish, oysters, french fries, and onion strings, to ensure customers have a great variety of seafood. Treat the entire family to Landry's family meals to go, which include options such as fried shrimp, Southern fried fish, and shrimp or chicken fettucine alfredo. All family meals include a side of fries, Landry's Famous Salad, and dessert. Landry's also does pickup and delivery orders. Multiple locations, landrysseafood.com
Neyow's has had customers from all over the world stop by to try their flavorful Creole cuisine that is known for its authentic and amazing taste. Neyow's recipes tap into Creole heritage passed down from family to family through the generations, in order to provide great food to their customers. Their weekly specials include Louisiana favorites, from red beans and jambalaya to BBQ shrimp and chargrilled oysters. Their Saturday special includes fried, stuffed shrimp served with any two sides, such as fries, vegetables, potato salad, and carrot soufflé. Neyow's Extravaganza Dinner features shrimp and stuffed shrimp, alongside other delicious options, including fish, stuffed crab, gumbo, salad, and dessert. Neyow's will meet every seafood and shrimp need; their wide selection also includes fried shrimp plates, shrimp po-boys, and combination platters with a seafood of choice. 3332 Bienville St., (504) 827-5474, neyows.com
The Munch Factory
The Munch Factory's warm and casual atmosphere serves traditional, fresh Creole-inspired cuisine. Their Gentilly location is open for takeout, delivery, and curbside pickup of their delicious dishes. The Munch Factory's Creole fusion menu includes small bites, such as buffalo shrimp—their crispy fried shrimp dusted with parmesan over buffalo sauce. Other small bites include The Munch Factory's sweet-n-spicy shrimp, which is their fried shrimp tossed in a spicy chili sauce with sesame seeds, for a spicy and flavorful kick. They also have their Shrimp Boat sandwich, an open-faced baguette filled with fried shrimp, mayo, lettuce, and tomato. The Munch Factory has fried shrimp wraps for wrap-lovers, and their buffalo salad is a great choice to get a tasty combination of fried shrimp, mixed greens, bacon, tomatoes, buffalo sauce, and ranch. 6514 Congress Dr., (504) 459-2180, themunchfactory.net