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.
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