Kevin Nashan Brings the Coast to Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co.

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The Peacemaker bar. | Nancy Stiles
  • The Peacemaker bar. | Nancy Stiles

Kevin Nashan's highly anticipated restaurant, the Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. (1831 Sidney Street; 314-772-8858), opened last night in Benton Park with just a few hours' notice. The place was still lively, though, with Nashan himself dismantling crabs in the kitchen window and servers flitting around the rustic, beachy dining room. We stopped by to see just how good the seafood can be in the middle of America.

See also: Kevin Nashan to Open Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. in July

Lobster Frito pie comes in a Red Hot Riplets bag. | Nancy Stiles
  • Lobster Frito pie comes in a Red Hot Riplets bag. | Nancy Stiles

Peacemaker is just steps away from Nashan's other restaurant, Sidney Street Cafe. "I just think it's a fun opportunity for us to do something that's a little different that I don't think has really surfaced in St. Louis. It's like when you say, 'Why do you do something?' I don't know -- sometimes it just picks you," Nashan told us in June.

The menu was influenced by his time in New Orleans, as well as Maine and Maryland. He said he wanted the decor at Peacemaker to "scream America," which it certainly does -- the larger-than-life photos of fishermen and oyster shuckers are surprisingly beautiful, and one can imagine the transformative feel it will provide come winter.

The Peacemaker is open Monday through Thursday from 4:30 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 4:30 to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 9 p.m.

The Maine-style lobster roll. | Nancy Stiles
  • The Maine-style lobster roll. | Nancy Stiles
The raw bar. | Nancy Stiles
  • The raw bar. | Nancy Stiles
The restaurant's namesake is a fried oyster poorboy. | Nancy Stiles
  • The restaurant's namesake is a fried oyster poorboy. | Nancy Stiles
The back dining area. | Nancy Stiles
  • The back dining area. | Nancy Stiles
The smoked-brisket poorboy doesn't even need sauce. | Nancy Stiles
  • The smoked-brisket poorboy doesn't even need sauce. | Nancy Stiles

Continue for more photos and the full menu.

Hey, a corn dog that wasn't frozen! | Nancy Stiles
  • Hey, a corn dog that wasn't frozen! | Nancy Stiles
Another dining area. | Nancy Stiles
  • Another dining area. | Nancy Stiles
Americana and seafood-themed art lines the walls. | Nancy Stiles
  • Americana and seafood-themed art lines the walls. | Nancy Stiles
The chess pie is light enough to squeeze in after a hearty meal. | Nancy Stiles
  • The chess pie is light enough to squeeze in after a hearty meal. | Nancy Stiles

Peacemaker Menu

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