2:03 PM EST, January 1, 2012
NEW ORLEANS, La.
There are a lot of eyes on New Orleans city this week. With the Sugar Bowl, then the BCS Championship game.
So the city wants to use this attention to promote it's local tourism and seafood.
It's only been about 18 months since the Gulf Oil Spill, but BP has partnered with the Sugar Bowl to help get the word out that the eatin's good in the Big Easy.
Poppy's Crazy Lobster is known for one thing:
"Our seafood buckets"
Which comes with every seafood imaginable:
Two Lobsters, King Crab, Snow Crab, Dungeons crabs, Clams, mussels shrimp, potato and corn. It's absolutely delicious.
The restaurant is seeing crowds of tourists this week. And not a single one seems worried about eating the seafood from the gulf
"Everything has been tested before it even comes out, but at the same time, I have not had people saying I don't want to touch it, they're comfortable," said Hampton Assistant Manager Cheryl Hampton.
Which is exactly what Curtis Thomas wants to hear. He's a spokesperson with BP's Gulf Coast Restoration, and is organizing a two week Gulf Coast Seafood and Tourism Bash.
"We want people to know that this Gulf Coast is alive and well," Thomas said. "The tourism numbers are up, record breaking tourism this year, and the seafood, it is wonderful, it is fresh, it's safe it's good to eat."
Chip Matthews is eating at Mullates for the first time. He's from North Carolina, and isn't about to let the oil spill 18 months ago scare him away
Mullates Manager Murphy Christina says he's glad there is a campaign to promote the Gulf seafood, because its not his customers he has to convince. It's those that aren't here
"We don't fight that battle," Christina said. "The battle is fought getting people to actually come but once you're here you know what you're coming for."
And if you're still not convinced, seafood testing results from the gulf are available.
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