Antoine Soulard, one of the original proprietors of the historic Soulard neighborhood in south St. Louis, was a native of New Orleans. The Cajun zest ... More
1860's Hard Shell Cafe and Saloon
Antoine Soulard, one of the original proprietors of the historic Soulard neighborhood in south St. Louis, was a native of New Orleans. The Cajun zest was definitely not lost in transition to the north, and the 1860's Hard Shell Cafe substantiates the Delta legacy. The cafe is one of 3 sites conjoined at the kitchen, with the 1860's Saloon and Geyer House providing diverse experiences. The Saloon has a tavern feel, complete with a house band. A dinner at the Hard Shell energizes the evening with the band gratis. And don't be fooled by the rugged facade. Let's just say that after indulging in the crawfish etouffee and the jalepeno cornbread, it's a wrap. You'll be back.
Went on a Saturday afternoon for a bite to eat. The bartender was entertaining and the conversation great. I really enjoyed the cajun food. Excellent red beans and rice, and oysters.
Saturday afternoon is the time to go to the Hardshell
Hard Shell offers very good seafood selections. Some favorites are: seafood pasta, with a wonderful cream sauce (comes with cheese-filled breadsticks that are very good too); mahi mahi dish (a special); decent clam chowder; and my favorite, the crab cakes, which are offered as an appetizer, but are more than enough for a dinner (and I always end up taking home leftovers, which are just as good the next day). Their hushpuppies are good, too, and can be ordered as a side, even though you don't see them listed seperately on the menu. The service is always friendly and fast, and always accomodating. Try the (indoor) patio seating for a seat next to their fishtank or fireplace.
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