buck a shuck

Chewies Oyster Bar

Location: 2201 W 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC

I've been wanting to go to Chewies for the longest time. We're talking about years and never had the opportunity to until now. This is another restaurant that Lillian raves about so I made it a priority to go try it asap. We went for Happy Hour on a Friday which starts at 5pm and ends at 7pm. Beer specials are $5 for BC beers, Rye shots for $5, House wines on special, buck a shuck for $1.25 (I don't recall exactly but it was more than a dollar). 

Beer selection is great, they have the Trash Panda IPA from Parallel 49, also the Graffiti IPA from Parks Brewery. The oysters were really good, big pieces with excellent sauces that came with them. The also shave fresh horseradish with every order. At happy hour, you can order 6 max per person per order. Keep in mind that it does take a while for them to shuck them so give yourself a lot of time. Their happy hour brussel sprouts is also a must try, there is blue cheese on it just incase you're not a fan. 

As for the other food, we ordered their calamari which was very soft and tender but their breading was overly salty. Their cajun fries were my favourite as it's an excellent sidekick to beer. The mac and cheese was really good as well, I had a couple bites of it during the night. Finally we ordered their famous fried chicken. $16 for two pieces and it came with a butter gravy which was delicious. I would say that their chicken would be in the top 5 range in Vancouver. One piece was overly dry, the seasoning is really tasty, the gravy is mind blowing. But for the price, that's the part that made the experience much less enjoyable. 

Bottom line, would I come back? Heck yes, definitely not ordering the chicken again though. It was nice to try but at that price, you can get a lot more value with something else. 

Rating: 4/5 

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