Portland >The Parish
Great oysters for a buck can be hard to come by, but at this casual Cajun/Creole joint in the bustliest part of the Pearl, you can get platters of them during the daily happy hour (3-6pm). Hallelujah.
From the team behind EaT: An Oyster Bar in North Portland, the Parish is the westside's go-to destination for the freshest dine-in and take-out oyster feasts in town.
With dozens of varietals of fresh oysters it's tempting to skip the entree's all together. If you manage to reign in your oyster obsession and save room for something more, the shrimp etouffee had the perfect balance between shrimp, creole seasonings and rice. The interior has a casual elegance and a beautiful wood bar, perfect for shooters followed by a beer with friends.
I had high hopes for this restaurant,
as I enjoy Southern food. Went for breakfast right at opening. Out of Beignet's (which for a "New Orlean's restaurant") is unacceptable. I enjoyed the Quail, but it was literally 6 bites for full price. My companions did not think highly of their meals. Cocktails were excellent in quality, but at $11 per drink, were arguably the most expensive in the city. Server was polite and attentive, but $97 later, all three of us left starving and feeling takin' advantage of (and we're not a price-sensitive group). Would not go back.
Bottom line; there is better Southern food in this city that is less expensive. I just wish it wasn't so far away.
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