What began as a tradition of backyard seafood boils for the formerly Texan Nguyen Family has grown into My Brother’s Crawfish, a restaurant that serves up classic Southern seafood seven days a week. According to Douglas Perry at The Oregonian, two brothers oversee the kitchen, where crawfish, crab, shrimp, clam, and mussels swirl around in oversize pots of boiling water and homemade seasonings. They also craft classics such as jambalaya and gumbo and serve blackened and fried chicken and shrimp solo or stuffed inside a po' boy or standard-size envelope. The Louisiana theme extends to the dining room’s decor, where paintings of jazz musicians and colorful Mardi Gras masks line the long, burgundy walls.
Dan & Louis Oyster Bar, a 104-year-old Portland landmark handed down from fish-loving father to sea-faring son for five generations, boasts extensive menus of locally sourced seafood, a full bar, and an inviting, authentic atmosphere adorned with historical artifacts. Ancient ship wheels, old-timey nautical articles, fading photos, and sexy fishing photos from Davy Jones's high school locker surround diners as they munch on myriad undersea selections.
Cabezon dishes out a constantly metamorphosing menu of locally and regionally procured fish fares that vary based on season, availability, and the position of Orion as viewed through an astrolabe. The most recent menu leapt from the starting block with chive blinis with trout caviar and crème fraiche ($4) and Hood Canal oysters with champagne mignonette ($2). Heartier bites include the basil-wrapped gulf shrimp (apricot-almond chutney and tangerines, $11), wild king salmon (beets, salsa verde, fennel, and frisee, $20), and Mediterranean mussels ($12). Desserts such as Callebaut Belgian chocolate pot de crème ($7) and lavender and honey crème brûlée ($6) are just a few of the treats that have recently humbled sweet teeth. A list of West Coast and European wines accentuates the fresh bites the same way a top hat really brings out a magician's eyes.
Perched on the 30th floor of the U.S. Bankcorp Tower, Portland City Grill has become a must-try dining destination for visitors and locals alike. That's because the restaurant offers some of the best views around: its windows peer out over the city, and the Cascade Mountains rise toward the sky in the distance. With these incredible sights as backdrop, diners dig into Portland City Grill's spread of seafood and premium aged steaks. Northwest, island, and Asian influences pop up throughout the menu, as in the kung pao calamari featuring bell peppers, peanuts, and a spicy hoisin ginger sauce.?Portland City Grill also boasts an award-winning wine list and a raw bar for sushi enthusiasts.
The tables at this French-bistro-inspired eatery are perfect for couples—they’re mostly two-tops, crowned with fresh flowers and candles. The food is a perfect first date conversation-starter, too. Try the cocoa-marbled foie gras torchon, served with kumquat marmalade and pistachio cocoa nib butter, and debate whether it’s more sweet or savory.
Wong’s is a great spot for an out-of-the-ordinary brunch. Steamed barbecue pork buns are a welcome change from the standard eggs and pancakes, and curry pies, pot stickers, and soup dumplings offer a hearty yet light way to begin a Sunday. Dinnertime is not to be overlooked either. Inside the spacious banquet hall, servers set up lazy susans overflowing with braised abalone, steamed lobster, and roast peking duck carved right at your table.