OCEANSIDE, Calif. — Few restaurants can claim to be making history when they first opened, but when the Q&A Restaurant & Oyster Bar opened inside the Brick Hotel last month, it did just that.
Visitors to downtown Oceanside in recent years have seen the historic 1888 building completely renovated, including the restoration of every brick by hand. The hotel opened earlier this year, followed by the Cococabana Rooftop Bar earlier in August, which brings us to the historic opening of Q&A, which completes the interior transformation of The Brick Hotel.
The Patch was on hand to celebrate the opening week of the Q&A Restaurant & Oyster Bar, named after Executive Chef Quinnton Austin, who brings a bit of New Orleans to Oceansider’s.
Located on the ground floor of the Brick Hotel, chef Austin has delivered a menu full of originality. His perspective on food comes from growing up in New Orleans. Everything on the menu speaks to the culture he grew up with.
Don’t let the name fool you. To accompany the oysters, a delicious menu of NOLA inspired dishes. From the Crawfish Etouffee to the Frenchmen Strip, there’s something for everyone.
A warm atmosphere awaits as you enter to find comfortable cabins and bar seating available for guests. Everyone was in a festive mood as the friendly staff greeted us on opening night.
Our server Richard was engaging and offered his expertise on menu options including starters, main courses, side dishes and dessert.
We started with the Buffalo Oysters (6pc oysters out of the shell, fries, buffalo sauce, melted blue cheese), a creative twist on the traditional buffalo wings, but bursting with oyster flavored goo.
Next, we couldn’t resist the Uptown Gumbo, also known as the Kitchen Sink, loaded with crawfish, crab, chicken, andouille sausage and Creole rice swimming in a savory broth cooked perfection.
For main course, we indulged in the Seafood Crepe, a French classic with a garlicky crab cream crepe wrapping a seafood medley with potatoes and broccoli. What really set this dish above was the Monica sauce, a rich cream sauce with a hint of seafood. It’s so good I’d drink it for breakfast!
Even the side dishes are rockin’ at Q&A. Our favorite was the Smoked Gouda Mac which elevates mac and cheese to another universe. Traditional New Orleans dishes round out the side dish menu with collard greens, jambalaya and broccoli.
For the truly adventurous oyster eaters, Q&A offers a veritable plethora of options.
You can choose the region: Gulf Coast, East Coast or West Coast. The style: Raw, Poppa Legba (grilled with sriracha lime butter sauce, ghost jerk spices, cilantro and lime), Charbroiled (grilled with Cajun spices, lemon garlic butter and parmesan), Rockefeller (grilled with spinach, herb and cheese sauce), or 3 different types of shooters.
Have we already mentioned the Spirits?
Rob, the master mixologist, has a keen sense of the art of cocktail making. From a twist on the classic Hurricane to Square Voodoo (which is table-smoked), his flavor creations are surprising and refreshing.
Q&A manages to deliver a New Orleans-style dining experience in an intimate space that feels friendly and welcoming. We applaud this welcome addition to downtown Oceanside.
408 Pier View Way
Oceanside, California 92054
Mon & Tues: Closed
Wed – Sun: 3P – 10P