Let the Good Times Roll!
Hearing the name, “Satchmo’s,” evokes thoughts of rich, velvety bass vocals, a silky jazz trumpet, New Orleans, Southern cuisine and a “Let the Good Times Roll” attitude. Within our burg of Chesterfield, owners Ben Brown and Shane Mahoney have put it all together to create an atmosphere that caters to all senses. Welcome to Satchmo’s Bar and Grill.
With decades of experience in the food, beverage and hospitality industry, Ben and Shane have fulfilled a desire to blend their many experiences in food, mixology and entertainment together in the form of a neighborhood restaurant that provides a valued dining experience, food and drink specials, and live music.
“One of my favorite aspects of running a restaurant, is the interactions you are able to have with the community. One thing I never expected is how much this restaurant can become a part of peoples lives and the relationships we would build with them. One night I met a couple that came in to celebrate their 10 year anniversary. Turns out they met at Satchmo’s 10 years prior and we were able to seat them at the exact spot they met 10 years ago. I always love hearing stories like that because it really makes you feel a part of something,” says Co-Owner Ben Brown.
Providing a match for the vibrant and diverse demographics of Chesterfield is no easy feat for a restaurant, but Satchmo’s pulls it off. Watch your favorite sporting event in the sports bar area while enjoying their many selections of draft beers and libations, or savor the pre-prohibition bar mixed cocktails — where the drinks are made with fresh juices and served over a sphere of ice. With drinks like the “Dark and Stormy”, “Maple Old Fashion” and the “Fallgarita” you will taste the passion they have for a great mixed drink.
The menu has been put together for the regular customer who comes in for a casual bite or for that special occasion, anniversary or evening entertainment destination. The heart and soul of the menu are their Burgers– voted top Burger in West County in ’14– made with quality beef or the unique “chicken” burgers, consisting of pulled chicken seared in a cast iron skillet. Dinner entrees range from steak, a seafood catch of the day, Shepherd’s Pie and Fish and Chips. They have recently added some creole and southern influences to the menu in the form of in the form of Jambalaya, Shrimp & Grits and Fried Green Tomatoes.
“We’ve always taken pride in the truly unique food, cocktails, and atmosphere that we offer our guests. We designed our menu with creativity in mind, and we crafted menu items that you can’t just go down the street and get somewhere else. This resulted in a largely from-scratch kitchen, using fresh ingredients and locally baked bread in our dishes.” says Co-Owner Shane MaHoney.
Recently, we had out of town guests and took in an evening at Satchmo’s. First, kudos to the website, SatchmosGrill.com; reservations are easy to make and they respond quickly confirming the time. This evening the live music was a quality backdrop to a fun filled night. We started with various appetizers; most intriguing were the Pig Wings and the Fried Green Tomatoes. The Pig Wings are “fall off the bone” braised pork shanks and their firecracker sauce was terrific. The Fried Green Tomatoes were perfectly breaded and fried, and paired with the Cajun aioli and tequila avocado vinaigrette over a bed of sautéed spinach makes for a vegetarian delight. One of our more non-adventurous guests tried the potato skins, and they make the sports bar checklist, as we know quality sports bar fare usually has wings, nachos, skins, pizza and a charcuterie board, check, check, check, check, no… what?!? Yes, the charcuterie board is an impressive selection of artisan cheeses, cured meats and flat breads—WOW.
Our main courses consisted of the Tavern Burger, Steak Bruschetta, and the creole dishes, Shrimp and Grits and N’awlins Jambalaya. The Shrimp and Grits were cooked to perfect consistency, and mixed with a sauce including andouille sausage gave it a terrific Cajun taste. The jambalaya was plentiful, perfectly spiced, and blended well with the creole theme. The award winning Tavern Burger paired with sweet potato fries is an everyday hit. The Steak Bruschetta was a great entrée, and could be a shared table appetizer. The Steak was perfectly cooked, and covered with fresh basil, grape tomatoes, and melted buffalo mozzarella over Italian bread from Fazio’s Bakery.
Satchmo’s is a great spot tucked in Woodchase Plaza on the north side of Olive, just a half block west of Hwy 141. The sights, sounds, smells and tastes will give you that “laissez le bon temps rouler” feeling…So, visit Satchmo’s and let the good times roll!