Elouise Adams Jones, the founder of Ouisie's Table restaurant, dropped me a note in the mail recently. She had just read the account of my admission into the 15 Dozen Club at the Acme Oyster House in New Orleans. Ouisie confessed that when she was 16 years old, she ate 12 dozen oysters at the all-you-eat seafood buffet at the San Jacinto Inn. "I could have continued," she wrote. I always knew Ouisie was my kind of gal.
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The San Jacinto Inn closed in the 1980s, but all-you-can-eat oysters on the half shell, shrimp and crabs are still served down at the Lynchburg Ferry crossing. If fact, the Monument Inn is the subject of this week's Café review. If you ever want to eat 15 dozen oysters, this is the place to do it. I recommend you wait until oyster season, though.