Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar (Kits) – French Quarter Beignets
Two things come to mind when I think of Chewies… “loud” and “good food”. That’s basically the embodiment of this place.
Unlike a lot of restaurants that maintain a mostly female wait staff, Chewies is known for their employment of mostly males. As can be expected in such an environment, the loud bravado and cavalier attitude can be either a welcome change or a bit annoying depending on the circumstances.
We arrived early enough for their “buck-a-shuck” special and ordered up some Fanny Bay Oysters at $1 each. The Salt Spring Island Mussels come served 3 different ways ($18 a pot) – we decided to try two of the options. I found the mussels to be a bit on the small side.
The food at Chewies is pure comfort food… the Jambalaya is a big serving of spicy cajun rice mixed with chicken, prawns, andouille sausage and ham. If you’re looking for something saucier, the Gumbo is a good alternative and comes with pieces of fried chicken in a thick and spicy roux.
Speaking of their fried chicken, take a look at our last visit.
For dessert, we tried their French Quarter Beignets and Red Velvet Cake. The beignets were hot and crispy on the outside and airy on the inside – like biting into a piece of deep-fried air. On the other side, the red velvet cake was quite dense – not hard, just dense. It paired well with the white chocolate cream cheese icing that topped it.
2201 West 1st Avenue
Posted on August 12, 2014, in Desserts, Donuts, Restaurant Review, Seafood, Southern and tagged Beignet, Donuts, Food, Gumbo, Jambalaya, Kitsilano, Oysters, Red Velvet Cake, restaurant review, Seafood, Southern, Vancouver. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.