Highway 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen

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What’s up, friends? I’ve been a little busy lately, but I’m right back at it with a brand-spanking new review and a new website design! What do you think?

I recently went to Highway 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen with my mom and sister. Located in Webster Groves, MO, Highway 61 is a cute little restaurant with a lot of character.

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Look at all of the cool stuff on the walls! I’m a sucker for that sort of thing. 🙂

HIghway 61 offers a happy hour on Monday nights from 4-6:30pm. You can buy one appetizer and get one free! Want to guess what we ordered? 😉

My sister and I chose two appetizers each to share. Four appetizers didn’t sound like a lot, and of course we had to take advantage of the special!

Let’s get started. I know you all are here for the pictures, after all!

We started with the Louisiana BBQ Shrimp:

IMG_2889The menu described it as ‘plump shrimp sauteed and baked in Worcestershire herb butter and served with French bread’. Mmm! It certainly looked tasty.

And it was! The flavors definitely popped. The herb butter was rich and very well seasoned. The plump shrimp soaked up all of the yummy flavors, and with each bite I think I could feel my tastebuds doing a little happy dance. Nice start! Let’s keep going.

Next were the Roadhouse Fries:

IMG_2888These babies were topped with pulled pork, applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese sauce, and scallions.

Now as you all know, I’m a huge sucker for smothered fries. But how did these compare to those at The Shaved Duck? Well…I’m sad to say these fell short. The sauce was delicious, cheesy, and rich. The pulled pork was tender and juicy. But the fries were terrible! They were hard and seemed almost stale. You can’t have good smothered fries if the fries are bad! C’mon! What a disappointment.

Hoping for better luck with the next appetizer, we went with the cajun nachos:

IMG_2878The menu made these sound so tempting: ‘spicy tortilla chips topped with cheddar cheese sauce, pepper jack cheese, andouille sausage crumbles, red beans, sour cream, and green onions’.

Long story short: these also fell flat. The chips were most definitely stale. To make matters worse, the toppings weren’t good! Where’s my andouille sausage? All I could taste were the black beans. Fail. Huge fail.

I was feeling a little defeated at this point, but we still had more food to consume! It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it! 😉

Next were the ‘Gator Toes’. Don’t worry – it was actually just chicken! (I do love alligator, though! Mmm!) These were hand breaded chicken strips served with a choice of BBQ, Voodoo, Crossroads, Louisiana Lucifer, or honey bourbon glaze. We chose the BBQ, Voodoo, and honey bourbon glaze dipping sauces.

IMG_2883These were pretty good! The chicken was moist and tender, and it was pretty heavily breaded, which satisfied the carb-a-holic inside of me. The dipping sauces were all pretty tasty, although I think the honey bourbon glaze won my heart.

My mom decided not to partake in all of the gluttony that my sister and I participated in, and instead opted for a sad, lonely chicken breast topped with cheese:

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She didn’t like it; she said that it was too dry. I decided to take her word for it and not torture myself with another taste of a failed dish. 🙂

As a side, she ordered the sweet potato pie. Okay, I’m lying – I convinced her to order the sweet potato pie as her side dish, and she agreed. Thanks, mom!

IMG_2898Sweet potato pie is one of my favorite desserts (second only to bread pudding, of course!) Let’s play a game, shall we? Fill in the blank — “This sweet potato pie was ________”

A. Dry

B. Not very good

C. Pathetic

D. All of the Above

If you answered D, you win! Your prize is this sweet potato pie (minus one bite) and the rest of my mom’s sad chicken breast.

Seriously, though – this was not good. Moving right along…

I think we were all feeling pretty defeated at this point, and it was clearly time to call it quits. But I saw bread pudding on the menu! And I have one rule when it comes to desserts: if bread pudding is on the menu, I must try it.

So I did. Highway 61 offers their desserts in regular portion sizes and smaller ‘tasting’ sizes. My hopes weren’t too high, so I opted for the ‘tasting’ size.

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It was a little…burnt. But with bread pudding, even when it’s bad it’s still pretty darn good. My sister and I gobbled down every last crispy bite.

Despite the abysmal food, everything else about Highway 61 Roadhouse was pretty good. The atmosphere was rustic and charming. Our server was friendly and helpful. The prices were decent (especially factoring in the generous happy hour specials!). Let’s get to scores, shall we?

Food: 1 star (out of five)

Ambiance: 3 stars

Service: 4 stars

Value: 4 stars

If I didn’t make it obvious enough through my review, I’ll say it now: I really have no desire to return to Highway 61 Roadhouse. Sorry! While this wasn’t the worst restaurant experience I’ve ever had, it certainly wasn’t the best.

So what do you think? Did I give this place a fair shake? Was I too harsh? Share your story about your worst restaurant experience in the comment section!

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  • The food might not have tasted good but it looks good! (Esp. the toasted marshmallows on that pie…) Too bad it wasn’t any good though.

    • Stephanie

      Thanks! I agree that the food looked good. Disappointed that it didn’t live up to expectations 🙁

  • Like the new layout — nice and clean and easy to navigate! There’s nothing worse than disappointing food…better luck next time!

    • Stephanie

      Thank you! Yeah, it was disappointing, but I guess it makes me appreciate the good restaurants that much more! I’m glad you like the new layout 🙂

  • dee

    Roadhouse is about 3 blocks from me, and it was SO great when it was Ellie Forcella’s (and I even remember when it was Streetside Records in the 70s & 80s!), but I think Roadhouse has horrible food for the most part. Although my girls do love the gorgonzola fries. And they make a decent burger, and their ribs are ok…but I wish they had a smaller, BETTER menu. You CANNOT get anything healthy there, either, and with my husband, Capt. Cardiac (stent last year at 37!), we always are looking for a place that offers SOMETHING he can eat! Try Nosh in Maplewood – it’s AWESOMMMMMME!

    • Stephanie

      Thanks for the recommendation! I will put Nosh on my must-try list for sure!

  • Despite the abysmal food, the pics are making me hungry. Maybe that is because I had not had breakfast as of yet. I love to find out of the way nooks to eat at. However, I probably will avoid this place since it has been rated so low.

    • Stephanie

      thanks!! 🙂

  • I hate this site with all the good food pictures…lol! No I look forward to learning more about the food game through your site. Great meeting you at Show Me Blog!!

    • Stephanie

      Haha, thanks!