Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar has been serving New Orleans style weekend brunch since the beginning of this year. Every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-2pm you can find Southern favorites such as Breakfast Po’Boy, Southern Crab Cake Benny, and what we came for – Chicken & Waffles.
The restaurant has a large open kitchen at the front of the space, long bar towards the rear, and really small two-person booths along the window. We ordered some coffee to start. Our server brought us milk for our coffee, but we requested cream. She looked at us like it was such an ordeal to get some! Regardless, Chewies’ coffee was great; nice and full-bodied without too much bitterness. We were very intrigued as to what brand of beans they brewed, but our server was unaware.
Southern Fried Chicken And Waffles ($12.00) – Two buttermilk waffles, topped with fried chicken, apple chutney drizzled with a Cajun honey butter. These were Liege style waffles which were rich, dense, and contained chunks of pearl sugar. The dark meat chicken was tender, and its exterior was crispy and sweet. However, all that sweetness is not the purpose of chicken and waffles. The point is to combine savoury lunch/dinner dish (Southern style fried chicken) with a sweet breakfast item (waffles) – for example, Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles.
French Quarter French Toast ($11.00) – New Orleans style French toast with pecan crust and orange butter. Traditionally, New Orleans’ local variation of French toast is called “pain perdu” (translating to lost bread), and is a way to salvage stale or “lost” bread. It’s made from leftover New Orleans-style French bread which is comparable to a traditional French baguette, but with a crunchier crust and a lighter interior. Chewies’ bread was soft and supple, but its pecan crust did give the French toast a lovely crispiness. The orange butter was deliciously creamy and aromatic.
The above photo shows the dish from the other side. I ordered a side egg to accompany the dish that was served on the same plate as the French Toast. This didn’t bother me too much, but I know other people might be agitated by this placement.
In terms of the Chewies’ atmosphere, the restaurant was only half-full with customers, but it was excessively loud. There must be something about the acoustics of the place that amplifies the noise. Might be fun on a Saturday night!
Overall, we felt the service was below average, and although the prices were expected for a Kits brunch spot, portions were on the smaller side. Chewies left us wanting more… Anyone tried their dinner menu?