Needing Some Comforting N’awlens Grub
Sally and I had a hankering for some authentic N’awlens grub: gumbo, jambalaya, étouffée. But NOLA, the mecca of Creole/Cajun cooking, was 700 miles away. Fortunately, there’s a good alternative within blocks of the Arch: BOB—the abbreviated nickname for Broadway Oyster Bar.
Off we headed to the funky, seafood dive, that’s won a number of readers’ polls and accolades. In 2015, BOB was named the “Restaurant of the Year,” by the St Louis Chapter of the Missouri Restaurant Association.
The food and atmosphere are bold, authentic and memorable. I’ve never tasted anything quite like the Alligator Sausage and Shrimp Cheesecake appetizer. It alone is worth the trip. The Jambalaya and Fish Taco combo was as good as I’ve had in NOLA.
A Patio Fit for a Pandemic
We took a seat on the patio next to one of the grilled-covered windows, that open onto the noisy mid-day traffic. I’m used to the screeching cars and passing trains at BOB, but this day there were also jackhammers outside the patio. I tell myself, that’s all part of the ambiance of downtown dining, easily ignored when the food arrives.
Muffuletta and Slaw. The classic sandwich was much like the ones made at Central Grocery in NOLA, but, sadly, absent the olive tapenade.
Broadway Oyster Bar. 736 S. Broadway. Hours: Kitchen opens every day at 11a. Kitchen closes Sun-Thu at 10p unless there’s a Cardinal home game that night and then open till 11p. Fri-Sat kitchen serves till 11p. Bar open: Every day 11a-3a.