Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar

Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar is a New Orleans style restaurant that specializes in fresh oysters. Chewies is located in Kitsilano right by the beach on W 1st st.

I have been eager to try Chewies for a long time because I am not very familiar with New Orleans style food. I finally got the chance to come check it out for brunch with Diana from Foodology and Dee from Gastrofork.


Even though it was pretty early in the morning for seafood, we had to try some oysters. They gave us three different kinds. To be honest, I don’t remember which ones were which, but I sampled two of them and I enjoyed both equally. They were super fresh and some of the best oysters I’ve tasted.


They also give you a few jars of sauce to put on the oysters. They had a basic cocktail sauce, a spicy habanero sauce, and a tangy vinegar sauce. The vinegar sauce (on the right) was my favourite, because it didn’t overpower the oyster flavour and it just added a bit of tangy flavour.

Chicken and Waffles

The whole reason I wanted to come here was to try the southern fried chicken and waffles ($12) and both me Dee ended up ordering this.

The fried chicken was wonderful. It had the perfect combination of juicy meat on the inside, with a crunchy batter. The batter wasn’t too heavy and it had a nice flavour from the herbs and spices in it.

The buttermilk waffles were thick and crisp.

Everything was topped off with a drizzle of Cajun honey butter, which added a nice complementary sweetness.

Short Rib Hash

Diana ordered the braised short rib hash ($15), which came in a skillet mixed with potatoes, cheese, a chunky tomato sauce, and poached eggs. I had a bite of this dish and the meat was tender and everything had lots of flavour.


Even though we are all pretty discreet, our waiter found out that we were bloggers from all of our photo taking and brought us out a complimentary beignets. Sometimes blogging has its perks!

A beignet is a New Orleans style fried doughnut that is hollow in the middle. Even though the beignets were massive, they were pretty light. They came with a chicory coffee anglaise for dipping. The sauce was good and the bitter coffee flavour balanced out the sweetness from the piles of icing sugar.

I had a great time at Chewies and I don’t have a single complaint about the food. Something they try to make themselves known for is their fun and friendly service and they definitely stand out compared to most restaurants. This is a nice neighbourhood gem and a place I would visit again.


Yes, for a great New Orleans style brunch.

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Categories: $$ ($10-$15), Brunch, Kitsilano, Vancouver


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4 Comments on “Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar”

  1. February 24, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    OMG that chicken looks amazing… 😀 but not the best thing to look at when you first wake up… I’m so hungry now 😛

    • February 24, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

      It tasted as good as it looks! I’ve been craving it all day again myself


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