In the South, oysters are so special that many New Orleans restaurants have made their names simply by creating signature styles and dishes for these delights.
While we can't comment on their effects, we can say without reservation that the many ways of enjoying oysters are absolutely sensational: from the flavors of Oysters Rockefeller to the boldness of Oysters Bienville, these shellfish are simply Southern sensations. Whether you're content to just enjoy them raw with a little lemon juice, or you plan to pile them high with spices and sauces, all that matters is knowing that they are fresh, plump, and juicy, and have been shucked right there on the spot if possible.
Not to say of course that raw is the only way to enjoy these: as one Mobile, Alabama, institution describes it, your choices are really "fried, stewed, or nude"—and we wont' argue with that. Try some Broiled Oysters on the Half Shell, some Golden Oyster Stew, and some Fried Buffalo Oyster Po'boys and you should pretty much have your bases covered.