Boogaloo is one of the delightful Maplewood Square gastro-pubs that have sprung up since the start of the millennium. When it first opened it was one of my favorite places to go because of its seriously delicious tapas and very well made drinks. They bill their style as a fusion of Cuban, Caribbean and Creole, offering dishes like paelle, gumbo, and Cuban sandwiches alike.
My favorite dish of theirs, which is only seasonally offered it seems, is their deep-fried gator, though their fried calamari has never disappointed me. Their mojitos are always delightful as well.
I just wish the same could be said about the rest of their menu, which has become hit or miss over the years. I have had some of my best meals in St. Louis here, but I’ve also had some really bad ones too. The sazerac pictured above was almost undrinkable, but the mojito in the foreground was simply spectacular. The paella was absolutely delicious but was full of shards of broken mussel shells which I nearly broke a tooth on.
I always say every place is entitled to a bad day here and there, but it has happened a little too often as of late. One visit it will be awesome again and the next time we will regret the experience completely. Still, I would recommend this place to anyone in St. Louis and if you go their and do not like it, come back at a different time and give them a second try.
- Pros: Really delicious food with a lot of flavor and great drinks as well.
- Cons: Quality varies from day to day.
- Charlie’ Favorites: Fried gator, Picadillo, Manchego Cheese
- Christine’s Favorites: Paella, Curried Hummus, Mojito