Chewie's Steam & Oyster Bar boasts New Orleans inspired soul food with a menu that features local seafood and traditional Creole & Cajun dishes.
I finally got to try Chewies a few weeks ago for a friend's birthday.
I started my meal off with some oysters which were fantastic: very fresh and high quality. For my main meal I had the fried chicken which was super crunchy and very juicy, perfectly cooked. Its served with a mash and a sweet drizzle over top which was a great balance of sweet and savoury.
Overall, I really enjoyed my meal. The service was very friendly and prompt as well. I had a great experience at Chewies and would definitely return.
Newly opened (about 2 months) Oyster Bar in Kits, on Yew, 2-3 blocks up from Kits Beach. Went here on a weekend and arrived early as they have a daily oyster special from 4-7pm. Good thing as the bigger tables fill up fast. They had the Fanny Bays for $1.50 and it was very good. Comes with 3 types of sauces plus your usual hot sauce. The restaurant has a nice open feel about it and divided into the lower area where the open kitchen is and the upper area where the bar and oyster bar is. Bar seating is available and probably for 2 people, the preferred spots. The waiters/managers running the place seemed familiar as they all worked at Rodney's. Also tried the pan fried oysters - very good, fried okra - good, steamed mussels with andouille sausage - very good, grits - just Ok, fried chicken - very juicy and a bit on the sweet side, and jambalaya - average. Overaall the appies/mains/sides were very good, a nice selection done very well. We then tried all 3 desserts, bread pudding - good, chocolate cake - good but the best were the beinets (creole style donuts) which came with a caramel/coffee sauce. They were the best. Service was very friendly but at times hectic as the restaurant is very busy. Prices are resonable with the mains in the mid to high teens, oysters (non special) at $3 each, desserts at about $6-7. Would come back for sure.
A friend and I went to Chewies to have some beer and appies and to chew the fat...so to speak. We were seated on the patio and were thankful we were as it was fairly loud inside. We ordered some large bottles of beer to share, grilled calamari with cucumber mint jalapeño salad, crab cakes with a green salad and the fried okra. Everything we ordered arrived at our table quickly and was yummy! The calamari was sliced thinly and was grilled to perfection. The accompanied salad was refreshing. The crab cakes were full of crab and not a bunch of fillers. The fried okra was a good beer accompaniment. The portion was ample though like that other reviewer noted that they were so good one could eat an entire order. The table of 3 next to us all ordered the chicken and there was nothing left on their plates. We found the servers to be friendly and there when we needed them. I will definitely be back!
So after reading all the good reviews about the fried chicken, I tried it and.. it's not worth the $15 'on special' price and certainly not worth the $18 regular price. Not overly crispy or seasoned (had to add lots of salt), and too sweet. I don't think fried chicken batter should be sweet. The breast wasn't that moist either. But I'm a tough crowd, because I went to Screen Door in Portland this summer and that is hands down the best fried chicken I've ever tasted in the Pacific Northwest. But since this is not a Screen Door review, I'll try and save that for later.
What's good? Very friendly service. Especially if you sit at the bar.. they come by every few minutes to strike up conversation (though wish they'd fill up our waters just as often). Haven't seen anything quite like it in Vancouver. The oysters looked great too.. they had six varieties. Didn't try them though, because I'm returning next week for buck-a-shuck, which is 5-7pm. My friend's jambalaya tasted very good too. And even on a Tuesday night, the place was bumpin'. All tables taken! Maybe will post another review after buck-a-shuck!
Went to Chewies for brunch. The staff was very laid back if not a bit obnoxious at times. Food was ok, waffles were too sweet and a too cake-y for my taste. There were some other items on the menu that I would try instead if I went back. Ambiance was nice, the patio would be the reason to return.
Considering that I live down the block from Chewies, it's kind of surprising I've only been there twice. Especially if you take into account that I'm a big supporter of what they're selling. Namely tasty, identifiable, affordable food that is high in quality and served by handsome charismatic men. (Don't think I'm naive enough to believe that wasn't planned out)
The first visit was with friends from Calgary who were keen to try out some seafood whilst by the sea. We were seated at the oyster bar, which I highly recommend for the "talk to the shucker" potential, and proceeded to order a slew of different menu items. The best of the lot: the beer, the oysters, the fried okra, the creole mussels and the beet salad. All were fresh, delicious, and note worthy in flavour. My friends were delighted at the friendliness of the staff as their visit had been plagued by a serious case of Vancity standoffishness. The only shock, which was our own fault, was the bill. But what do you expect when you are hoovering oysters like a flock of seagulls?
My second visit was with my parents. Also prairie stock, my father had never eaten oysters before. Since my father is someone who loves to chat people up, we again sat at the oyster bar. For the next two hours he grilled the owner and shucker who were always charming, articulate, knowledgeable and endlessly patient. He was less that jazzed about the oysters but then again he refuses to eat sushi. Otherwise our meal was terrific. The fried chicken is to die for: crispy, flavorful and juicy. Truly a stand alone dish. The pickled prawns were a sweet,strange ceviche and the crab cakes pronounced the best ever consumed by our humble group. My mom was delighted with the okra and declared she could eat the whole order alone. Sadly we didn't make it to dessert as both visits ended with bellies way too full for anything sweet. But next time! The third time's the charm.