Chewies-Lunch and Happy Hour Time!

I don’t do happy hour often, but when I do it’s at Chewies! They have buck a shuck oysters! Need I say more?
Chewies Steam and Oyster Bar

Okay to be honest it’s only been in the last 2 years that I’ve started eating oysters and boy was I glad that I started! They have a new rule here where each person is only allowed to order 6 oysters at a time per order because sometimes one table will order a lot and then the person shucking oysters won’t be able to move onto the next order for a long time. However, you can order many times! They have $1 oysters as well as $2 premium oysters. I personally can’t tell the difference so it doesn’t matter to me!

Also pictured above is the All Dressed Cajun Fries with andouille sausage, fresh garlic, cheese curds and parmesan with garlic mayo. The portion is huge and would be good for 3-4 people! I found that the sausage was strangely dry and shriveled looking and the fries could’ve used more Cajun seasoning. Not the best fries I’ve had but it’s a good item to share for happy hour.

Chewies Steam and Oyster Bar

The Dungeness Crab Cakes come with three pieces and are served with a salad on top. Chewies Steam and Oyster Bar

There was a good amount of fluffy crab inside! I like how it’s a bit crunchy on the outside but soft on the inside. Chewies Steam and Oyster Bar

The Oysters Rockefeller was something I’d never tried before. Each piece has absinthe, spinach and herb puree, parmesan cheese, bread crumbs and topped with a Cajun hollandaise sauce. It was like oyster motoyaki but with spinach and crunchier. These are much bigger oysters than the buck a shuck ones.

Chewies Steam and Oyster Bar

Finally, I had a chance to try the Crocs and Hush Puppies! Yes they use actual crocodile here (3 pieces) and it’s like fried chicken but slightly more smooth in texture and almost fish-like but not. The hush puppies (cornbread) were average tasting to me. A jalapeno jelly is served on the side for dipping and it was more sweet than spicy so it gave the hush puppies some extra flavour. Probably wouldn’t order this again. It was a one time thing so that I could try the chicken fried gator.

Thought I’d throw in a few lunch items for this post as well.

Chewies Steam and Oyster Bar

CHICKEN AND WAFFLES!!! I love fried chicken and I love waffles! I haven’t had that many versions but damn this one is spot on for me!!! I love the sweet honey-butter drizzle on top and the buttermilk marinated chicken is so moist and crispy! It gives that great crunch when you bite in and the waffles are the right thickness and fluffiness. Syrup is offered on the side for the waffles but I didn’t need it due to the waffles being covered in the honey-butter drizzle already as well as whatever chicken grease was left from the chicken. Where do you like to get your chicken and waffles?

Chewies Steam and Oyster Bar

The Crispy Fried Shrimp Sandwich comes with panko crusted gulf shrimp, smoked paprika aioli, iceberg lettuce and coleslaw on a brioche bun. This was surprisingly good was well and it’s a sandwich with lots of crunch in it! The shrimp was well seasoned and the fries were good but could’ve been seasoned a bit more.

Chewies Steam and Oyster Bar

For dessert, you can get the Cafe Du Monde Style Beignets served with a cappuccino anglaise. These are pillowy soft and covered in a generous dusting of powdered sugar. The cappuccino anglaise had a strong coffee flavour to it and it tasted so good with the beignets! It was almost addictive.

I think this is like the third time I’ve blogged about Chewies. You can check my other posts where I went for brunch here and dinner here. I like their Coal Harbour location because it’s a lot more spacious than the Kits location. It’s also a lot newer!

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Mr. Crackles

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Chanoma Cafe

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Chat Thai

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Mui Garden

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Congee Noodle House

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Mister

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