Apr 9, 2024 - Food and Drink

Chargrilled oysters at Dee's Xquisite are a must-try

Photo shows a dozen chargrilled oysters on checked paper in a tray with garlic butter bread.

The chargrilled oysters at Dee's Xquisite come covered in the restaurant's signature garlic butter. Photo: Carlie Kollath Wells/Axios

Dee's Xquisite is making finger-licking-good boiled seafood in a New Orleans East strip mall.

Why it matters: The oysters give Drago's a run for its money, in my opinion.

Catch up quick: Owner Demond Matthews has a huge following on Instagram, and I wanted to see if the food lived up to the hype.

  • It did.
Photo shows a plate of boiled seafood and a peach cocktail.
The Xquisite package was a good sampler and easy to share. Photo: Carlie Kollath Wells/Axios

What I ordered: Chargrilled oysters ($25.99) and the Xquisite package ($29.99).

  • The Xquisite package is the restaurant's most popular item, Matthews says, and comes with a Dungeness crab cluster, corn, potatoes, shrimp and turkey necks.
  • I took Matthews' suggestion and ordered the peach cocktail ($8) created to pair with the seafood.

The food was delicious. I especially enjoyed the oysters and the turkey necks.

Between the lines: Dee's didn't have crab crackers when I went because people keep stealing them, the server said.

  • Bring your own and plan to get messy.
Photo shows Demond Matthews smiling in front of a mural in his restaurant.
Demond Matthews owns Dee's Xquisite on Lake Forest Boulevard. Photo: Carlie Kollath Wells/Axios

The big picture: Matthews is a self-taught chef and started selling his food on the street corner.

  • His seafood stands out, he says, because customers get a taste of boiled, smoked and grilled in each bite, along with his special garlic butter sauce.
  • He opened a location about five years ago in the St. Bernard area, and now operates a full-service location at 8700 Lake Forest Boulevard.

If you go: Most people were getting takeout or sitting at the bar on the Friday I went for lunch.

  • It's very casual.
Photo shows the inside of Dee's Xquisite with a bar and a mural.
Dee's Xquisite has a large bar in the center of the restaurant. Photo: Carlie Kollath Wells/Axios
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