I absolutely love raw oysters and will eat them at any opportunity. Casamento's on Magazine is my favorite spot for oysters for lunch (if I can make it there before their lunch hour ends at 2pm). It's a great, old place with gorgeous original tile work everywhere. Non-pretentious, but clean and welcoming. The service is warm and friendly. You can get serious advice about their excellent oyster-centric seafood menu. I went today with the intention of having a half dozen raw and then following it up with an oyster loaf. Unfortunately, I forgot they were cash only and only brought enough to have the half dozen (only $4.25!) and a side of fries. It was fine.
I'm no oyster expert, but I do know that gulf oysters are different than any other oysters I've ever had. First of all, they're HUGE. Seriously, GIGANTIC oysters. Next, not nearly as briny as other varieties, sometimes hardly briny at all, as was the case today. Always sweet, plump, succulent... delicious. They're great for cooking and perfect for lightly dipping, whereas I think that would be a sin with some of the more delicate and flavorful oysters of the world and wouldn't dream of it.
My dipping technique is to squeeze a slice of lemon in to the dipping dish, then add a nice pinch of horseradish and 2-3 drops of Louisiana hot sauce. Spear the oyster on fork, quickly dredge in sauce, eat oyster, moan with pleasure, repeat. What are the oysters like in your neck of the woods and how do you like to eat them?
Oh, Casamento's fries are great too. Crrrisp!