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Molly's in Soulard

816 Geyer Ave.
Saint Louis  Missouri  63104
United States
(314) 241-6200
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Manya Kaczkowski
Molly's fine Cajun-Creole food, live music and courtyard filled with twinkling lights deliver a taste of Bourbon Street to St. Louis.

From appetizers to entrees to desserts, Molly's is all about fine Cajun and Creole food served up New Orleans fashion. Appetizers include light crunchy calamari ($7.95) and alligator Rangoon wontons ($9.95). The Southern theme carries through the entrees; the po' boy sandwich ($11.95) is piled high with tender, flash-fried oysters (or barbecued shrimp, if you'd rather), and the jambalaya is a colorful melange of shrimp, chicken, sausage, crawfish and tomatoes spooned over spicy rice ($13.95). Specials cover whatever’s fresh and fabulous, perhaps panko-crusted salmon over snappy asparagus, crisp sweet potato fries and a light hollandaise. From the wine list, try the Lapis Luna Romanza, a medium-priced 2005 Lodi Zinfandel (its earthiness is a good match for the rice dishes).

Before you even get to the food, though, you'll have to make a decision: dine inside or out? It's a tough call; both spaces are lovely. The interior is decked out in over-the-top red velvet and dark wood with black-and-white photos of ladies of the night gracing the walls. The patio is a French Quarter-style courtyard with a series of seating areas, outdoor bars, trees lit with strings of tiny lights, covered booths with oversize pillows, and live entertainment. Just be careful if you’re wearing heels; the bricks tend to be a bit uneven.

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