Restaurant review: Chewies Oyster Bar

I’d heard a great deal of buzz about Chewies Oyster Bar in Kit’s (1st Avenue & Yew).

We decided to try their weekend brunch, and arrived just as the doors opened at 10am.

Around the table, the dishes we ordered were:

barbecued shrimp and grits with poached eggs.

french quarter french toast (with pecan crust and orange butter)

southern fried chicken and waffles.  These use a Liege style waffle (which is heavier and “cake-ier” than the Brussel’s style waffle that we would have expected.  That said, this is a good Liege waffle.

southern crab cake benny.

I had a taste of everything, but the crab cake benny was mine, so it’s the only one I’m going to extensively comment upon.

The crab cakes, themselves, are very good.  All crab meat (no “fillers”), with a kick of Cajun spices, a smear of avocado spread, atop of nicely toasted english muffin.   The poached eggs were done right (soft and runny egg yolk), but the Hollandaise was pretty mild.  I couldn’t really pick up much “tang” from the lemon.

The Cajun Kennebec home fries were terrific.  Warm, with a good crunch on the edges, and dusted with enough seasonings to make them stand alone.  I could eat of plate full of these, I enjoy them so much.

The service was polite and attentive, if a tad slow.

Eventually, I’m going to have to try their dinner menu.  Brunch was pretty good, but the dinner menu looks so much more appetizing.

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Addendum:

On a separate occasion, I visited the Chewies Oyster Bar in Coal Harbour. Rather than post a separate blog entry, I’ll just add to this one.

I ordered the Chicken and Waffles for myself this time.

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So this is a better tasting offering than the first visit (granted, I only had a bite the last time).

This is boneless chicken, marinated, dredged in seasoned flour, and deep-fried to a nice crunch. It’s topped with a drizzle of honey butter, and served over buttermilk waffles. These waffles are lighter and crispier than I recall the first time around. These seemed to be yeasted waffles this time, rather than the cakey liege waffles I saw the first time. They stand up to the chicken and the honey butter sauce (rather than getting squished or soggy). The chicken was tender, and had a really good crunch. It had lots of seasoning, and a little sweetness from that honey butter.

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