John – 15
The Half Shell Raw Bar is one of many good places to dine in Key West. The Raw Bar is set right on a dock area with a nice view of the ocean/marina area. During the time that we ate, we sat right next to the water and saw millions of beautiful fish swimming around trying to grab at every little bit of food that falls in the water. The Half Shell Raw Bar is a good place to eat if you are looking for fresh seafood. The prices are a little high, but if you are looking for good, fresh food then this is one of the places to eat!
One of the best things they had were oysters on the half shell. The oysters were some of the best I have ever had. They had a nice freshness to the taste; you could still taste the saltiness of the seawater on them. You can see the people shucking and opening the oysters near the back of the restaurant where the main bar is.
The Half Shell Raw Bar is a popular place to eat on the island, and I would recommend getting there early or making a reservation so you don’t have to worry about not getting to sit down or spending a long time waiting.
Another recommendation for an appetizer is the peel and eat shrimp. The shrimp also has fresh taste – just like it came out of the ocean and has not been sitting out for a while. The peel and eat shrimp is one of the best on the island and is the perfect size to eat. For my main dish I ordered shrimp that was grilled. The grilled shrimp was amazing and tasted really good. The shrimp was cooked perfect and was the best tasting shrimp I had on the island and our whole trip to Key West. It has some spices, almost like a barbecue on it that was amazing.
Hadley – 12
When we where in Key West we went to the Half Shell Raw Bar. The restaurant is right on the water. It is the sister restaurant Turtle Kraals another good restaurant. When we ate there, we asked if we could sit on the water, and we got to sit with a view of the marina and the ocean. They have many different types of seafood to eat. Obviously they have some of the best oysters, and you can even watch the guys shucking them. We had some oysters, but also some peel and eat shrimp. For our main meal, I got the fried shrimp. They also have many different sides you get to choose from. For the pick two, I got my favorite was the Cuban bread. It had a good taste it; was like spicy garlic bread. The Half Shell Raw Bar, always has a fish of the day. When we were there, they had grouper and dolphin fish. It was one of the best places we ate at the whole vacation. My mom got the grilled shrimp and my dad got the grouper. They both said theirs was very good. While we ate our oysters, we threw out some food to the fish and there was a big rainbow type fish swimming next to us that was really cool. We didn’t have a reservation but it was very busy there, so i would definitely recommend getting a reservation if possible. All the food was very good and you could definitely tell that it was fresh because we had ate at places later and could tell it wasn’t very fresh because it had a weird taste. The Half Shell Raw Bar is definitely good place to eat.
Barnett – 10
The Half Shell Raw Bar is the place to go if you like seafood. The restaurant overall was a great restaurant to eat at. You can sit by the water or at the bar. I had the fried shrimp, and I thought it was good because it was just crisp enough and the shrimp was fresh. The grilled shrimp kabob was also good because it has spices, and it is grilled perfectly. The shrimp was also really juicy and had good flavor. The waitress we had was bad because she had to go to an appointment and didn’t tell anyone that she was leaving. Finally, we had to ask someone where she was. But the second waitress we had was better – she found out to take care of us. The cooks were good because they got our food out fast and had good recipes. The place had licenses plates all over the walls. If I were you I would go there to try it; this is my opinion. If I had the chance I would definitely go back again.
Crawfish Town USA is in the state of Louisiana. It is a good place to eat fish and other sea foods. But, it is best known for crawfish; it supposedly is one of the best crawfish restaurants in all of the United States of America. All I had was the fried crawfish; the reason why is that the season for crawfish is a limited time. People are allowed to hunt crawfish during season, and that season is only 2 weeks long. I thought that since the name is Crawfish Town USA, they should have crawfish sold year round – even if that means that they have to freeze the crawfish. The place is like an old barn. The inside of the place is nice, but the waiters and waitresses were not helpful to those who are not from around here. My family and I got hush puppies, and they were the best I have ever had. Another good appetizer to get is the crab legs. They are deep fried and served with the tarter sauce. I thought it was really good and had a good taste to it. I would not likely go there again unless it is crawfish season cause I would like to try crawfish, and that was the main reason why we went.
Crawfish Town USA in Louisiana is a good place to eat, but the name of the restaurant is not correct. They don’t sell the 2lb. crawfish bakes year-round. They only sell it when it is crawfish season. When we got there we were disappointed that we couldn’t eat crawfish. The waitress wasn’t very helpful either. We asked what was good, and she couldn’t really answer. I got the crawfish erouffee and it was good, but wasn’t that good. It was really too spicy. You can still get dishes with crawfish, but not the crawfish bake or steamed crawfish. We also got hushpuppies and fried crab legs for an appetizer; they were both very good. The place looks like an old barn. It is red on the outside too. I would not go back unless it is crawfish season. It was a fun place to eat, but I recommend going during crawfish season.
Crawfish Town USA is in Louisiana. It has the best crawfish in Louisiana, but I didn’t get to taste any. They have gumbo, crawfish, hushpuppies, and crab legs. The time we went to Crawfish Town USA, the crawfish was not in season. Crawfish Town USA looks like a barn kind of on the outside. They have a deli next to the restaurant. They must sell some of their things there, but we didn’t buy any because most were really good enough to want to buy and take home.
Acme Oyster Bar – New Orleans, Louisiana
John – 13
The Acme Oyster Bar is in the city of New Orleans and is next to Bourbon Street. They have one of the best oysters on the half shell in the United States. They also served a lot of good food too. I got a Philli steak poboy, and it was one of the best poboys I had that week! The French Fries were good too. The oysters I had were fresh and some of the best I had ever tried in the whole United States. The French fries I got for an appetizer were covered in cheese and also had a lot of gravy on them too. Which they call poutine or boo fries. They were only $4.99 for an appetizer order of fries. If you wanted to eat good seafood at a good price I would recommend going there to eat. The oysters were $14.99 for a full dozen on the half shell. They were served with cocktail sauce, crackers, and lemon wedges. I thought that although it was on Bourbon Street, if you ate there early, you would be okay to bring your kids with you. I also thought that the inside of the Acme Oyster Bar was nice and family friendly.
The Acme Oyster bar is located in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is on the street over next to Bourbon Street. The Acme Oyster Bar is kid-friendly and has really good food. The best thing to get there are the oysters. The oysters are clean and do not have a seafood taste. They also have a contest where you have to eat 12 dozen – the record is 42 dozen oysters.
We got six, and I ate 2; so did my brother and mom. For dinner I got the shrimp Po-Boy. The Po-boy was good, but it wasn’t the best in New Orleans. For an appetizer we got French fries that were covered in cheese and gravy. The fries were delicious and were very flavorful. Even as a meal – you can get them as a side.
Now back to the shrimp Po-Boy. I ate most of it, and it had a lot of shrimp in it. The shrimp was also tasty. My sister got the crab chowder, and it was a really good soup. The Acme Oyster Bar is a really good place to eat in New Orleans, and it is affordable. You will want to get there early because you will have to wait. By the time left, there was a line down the sidewalk. So if you are in town, eat at the Acme Oyster Bar.
John – 13
Rudy’s has one of the best barbecues in all of Texas – even though their slogan is “the worst BBQ in Texas”. Rudy’s is in a gas station and all though it looks like it wouldn’t be a great place to eat, it actually is delicious. The best thing to get a Rudy’s is the brisket. The brisket at Rudy’s. It is full of juice and has a lot of different flavorings that add spices and other flavors to it that make it really juicy. Another thing to get a ruby’s that is really good is their cream corn it has a lot of corn in it and is covered in a rich cream that has sugar and tastes really sweet. If you do decide to get the cream corn then I would add a hint of salt to it to take away from a bit off of the sweet taste from it. Another thing that I love to get at the place is there sausage. The sausage is full of spice and is really juicy. The sausage is packed full of spicies that makes the sausage really spicy. Since the place is in the a gas station I would go and get a drink at the gas station rather than at Rudy’s. I would like to go eat at Rudy’s again and I hope that u decide to too.
Hadley – 11
Rudy’s Barbecue is one of the best in Texas. The best thing I like is the brisket that the serve. They don’t put the barbecue on the brisket for you, and I don’t put any “sause” on it because it is so good without the sauce. The cream corn they serve there is also the best side they serve, and it is very good. I recommend getting a lot because you will eat a lot of it. Rudy’s is also located in a gas station, and they have a lot of different locations in Texas. You can also order ribs, sausage, and chicken. Other sides you can get potato salad, coleslaw, beans, and a big pickle. Also at Rudy’s they have pop and other drinks in glass bottles that are fun to drink out of. If you live or are visiting Texas look at eating at a Rudy’s near you it is delicious.
Barnett – 8
Rudy’s barbecue is one of the best BBQ in Texas. I like their brisket and creamed corn the best. Rudy’s is in a gas station. You can pick your own drink, and they sometimes give you samples of the creamed corn. The creamed corn is mainly corn with cream. I love it the best there. If I had to choose one thing to eat there. A lot of people love Rudy’s brisket and creamed corn the best. You should go to Rudy’s!
John – 13
Twisted Root Burger is a fun family like place to eat. You have a large selection of cheeseburgers to pick from. My favorite is called the swiss mushroom. It is the same burger that George W. Bush had when he goes there to eat! My favorite thing at the place is the names. They have names they give you of famous people and when they call up your name, you come and get your food. For example our family was given the name John Madden. The food is really good – tender meat that is full of flavor and juices. They also let you pick out the type of pickles you want. The choices they have are original dill, wasabi, hot and spicy, and bread and butter pickle chips. They are in a self-serve condiment area. They also let u put the type of sauces you want on the sandwich. My favorite sauce was the Dijon mustard with horseradish mixed with mayo. I put it on my sandwich and also used it as a dip for the fries. A good example of this place is like a Five Guys Burger and Fries only a little fancier. So if you are in Dallas Texas and near it, I recommend going to eat there.
Twisted Root Burger is a good place to eat because their cheeseburgers are good, especially if you put bacon on it. George W. Bush has also eaten there, and he got the mushroom swiss that my brother got. My brother said it was really good. The burger I got was the make your own, and I got cheddar cheese, bacon and then put on the mayo and mustard. If you want pickles, you can put them on too – there are like 5 different kinds. Your order is ready when they call you up by famous names. The one we got was John Madden. You don’t get to choose the name though – I wanted to be called Neymar. We also ordered french fries, onion strings (fried),and sweet potato chips. All the sides were really good. We sat outside and it was fun because we didn’t eat until late, so it wasn’t to hot or crowded. Twisted Roost also had its own homemade sauces; one was a mustard horseradish which was really good and wasn’t spicy at all. If you ever come to Dallas, Texas, and are hungry eat at Twisted Root Burger.
Barnett – 8
We went to eat at Twisted Root Burger. On the door it said, “We are slow, but the food is good!” That was kinda true, they were a little slow, but the food was really good. When you order, they don’t put pickles on your burger, because you get to put on your own pickles. The pickle bar has lots of pickles to choose from – butter, spicy, sweet, and dill. I got a cheeseburger with no bun. It was good because their cheeseburgers are really good. They put a lot of cheese on it. I had french fries, and they were crispy. We ate outside. Inside the air conditioning was cold. They had neat tables that had soda pop tops sealed in them. They looked neat. I would go there again because I liked the burgers and I really liked the pickles they had.