by Mabel Suen
The Place: Hwy 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen (34 South Old Orchard Avenue; 314-968-0061)
The Hours: Happy hour is offered Monday through Friday from 3 to 6:30 p.m. as well as Monday through Thursday from 10 p.m. to close.
The Deal: Buy one, get one free appetizers. Five dollar hurricanes and margaritas and doubles for the price of singles (except for single-malt scotch). $2.50 domestic, $3 micro and specialty and $3.50 import beers.
The Scene: Hwy 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen is a hefty helping of New Orleans smack dab in Webster Groves. The spacious dining areas and bar feature a veritable kaleidoscope of Mardi Gras and blues paraphernalia -- everything f rom colorful murals and fleur de lis flags to funky, jeweled chandeliers. Patrons of all ages seem to convene here; the atmosphere is a lively in more ways than one.
The Food: Southern comfort food reigns supreme. The appetizer menu features around twenty different options that range from $5.99 to $12.99, including a dish made famous by Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives: Cajun potstickers. The take on the classic Chinese dumpling features a filling of andouille sausage, vegetables & sambal chili sauce, pan-seared then steamed. We imagine that the restaurant sells a lot of these, and for good reason. Paired with a creole soy dipping sauce, they're a savory and satisfying take on a comforting classic.
Did Hwy 61 Roadhouse make the grade? Find out on the next page.
The Verdict: With a pretty vast range of appetizers and correspondingly varying prices, digging into Hwy 61's "Opening Numbers" menu can be a good deal, if planned strategically. On the somehwat higher end of the menu, the "Louisiana Bbq shrimp," hits the spot with plump, flavorful shrimp swimming in a piquant sauce. We also enjoyed the "Roadhouse Fries" topped with pulled pork, bacon, cheddar cheese sauce and scallions. The plate's a big one and gets the job done with a trifecta of satiating savory flavors: potato, meat and cheese.
For a sweet take on starch, opt for an inexpensive order of sweet potato fries, also in waffle-form. Crispy and slightly sweet, they're a tasty alternative to the otherwise salt-loving appetizer menu. We're not exactly sure if we'd reach for the bleach to show our allegiance to Guy's recommendations, but we can certainly agree that Hwy 61 is a "dive" worth stopping by.
The Rating: On a scale of one to five...
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