- $30 Value
Broadway Oyster Bar
Though it sits squarely in St. Louis, Broadway Oyster Bar might as well inhabit New Orleans. Even from the outside, the 150-year-old building exudes the revelry of the French Quarter, as an art-deco neon sign emblazoned with music notes joins colorful string lanterns to form an illuminated invitation for patrons to come in and live a little. Of course, inside is where the Cajun atmosphere is most apparent, especially in whiffs of dishes named the favorite Cajun/creole cuisine of the Sauce Magazine readers’ poll every year since 2003. Chefs Brad Hagen and Josh Chartrand's acclaimed recipes include Louisiana Fried Alligator, Po' Boys served on fresh-baked Gambino's bread, Alligator Sausage & Shrimp Cheesecake, Crawfish Enchiladas, Naked Gator Tacos, and 11 types of oysters including Rockefeller, NOLA, Chargrilled, and BBQ. Feasts unfold inside the cozy dining room and bar warmed by the fireplace or one of the two open-air patios enclosed and heated in winter. There, local and national musicians grace the stage seven nights a week.