Baseball is so last month! It's time to bleed blue and rally behind our St. Louis Blues as they take on rival Chicago Blackhawks in their first matchup of the season. Before the puck is dropped and the first shot-on-goal is made, make your way to dinner at a venue where the blues are alive: BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups.
Dinner at BB's is quite the multi-sensory experience. Live music, memorabilia, great beer on draft (we recommend the Zwickel from local microbrewery Urban Chestnut), and hearty New Orleans-inspired eats.
For anyone who loves hushpuppies, the Angry Hushpuppies on the appetizer menu will please. These lovely and large deep-fried dollops of cornmeal get their spice from just the right amount of jalapeño and onion. With a dip in BB's cocktail sauce, the hushpuppies get a little extra kick of horseradish.
Keeping with the New Orleans theme, the red beans and rice is a rich melding of flavors and textures. Very much a stew, the beans are tender and smoked ham delivers depth to the dish. What's more, the vegetables help what could be a heavy choice taste fresh and lively. As an extra, order the grilled andouille sausage. Just do it! It's delicious with its crispy casing and spicy edge.
Get there early and give yourself plenty of time. You just might find yourself loving the great live music so much that you miss the Blues as they take the ice.
BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups, 700 South Broadway, Downtown, 314-436-5222, bbsjazzbluessoups.com
The Chicago Blackhawks v. The St. Louis Blues, Nov. 8, Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Ave., Downtown, blues.nhl.com
Amy Burdge writes Eat It, St. Louis!, a blog dedicated to the pure love of food, the artistry and passion of those who create it and the sheer experience it provides.