Like a jewelry box or a fortune cookie, an oyster is a mysterious entity that holds wonderful secrets ripe for the shucking. Today's Groupon rewards hungry sleuths with $25 worth of West Coast oysters, crawfish boils, and more at EaT: An Oyster Bar for $12. After adolescent career goals fall through, aspiring marine biologists can take their oceanic wanderlust all the way to the tip of their shellfish fork for a fresh round of bivalving.
Now that the Saints have finally won the Super Bowl, EaT has ended its 40-year hiatus and opened its door to the simmering aroma of fresh oysters on the boil. The oyster joint's cozy and inviting home-style atmosphere offers more than 40 bourbons for the sipping, and a plethora of sea fare is meta-delicious for both active and retired seafarers. The bar serves up oysters baked Rockefeller-style with fresh spinach, parmesan, and watercress ($7 for three) as well as Kentucky oyster shooters accentuated by chili-infused bourbon and lemon ($2.50). The sandwich-minded will have trouble wrapping their bready hemispheres around EaT's signature po' boy with oysters, shrimp, or catfish on a cabbage, pickle, and tomato-lined French roll ($10). Those looking for a rich, hearty bite can try the seafood gumbo ($12), breaded frog legs ($12), or spicy jambalaya with Andouille sausage and chicken ($10).
Mariners and skiffermen may chalk their sea legs up to a deep communion with the water, but others suspect that the land abandoners simply can't resist aquatic cuisine. EaT replaces the underwater parties and knot-tying competitions of a foolish youth with boatfuls of decadent Bayou feasting.
The Portland Tribune, the Portland Mercury, and Portland Monthly have all featured EaT: An Oyster Bar. The Oregonian calls EaT’s bread pudding the “dessert find of the year,” and Willamette Week calls the eatery one its “100 Favorite Places to Brunch, Lunch and Dine":
- If you’re looking for a tasty Cajun meal without flying a couple thousand miles to Louisiana, this candle-lit Irvington eatery is your place. – Henry Stern, Willamette Week
Citysearchers give EaT 3.5 stars:
- I had good service, and have been there several times. They make the best gin fizz around and the Shrimp Etoufee is awesome, and don't miss the fried Okra, despite what other reviewers have said. You can't get fresher oysters anywhere in town, and the prices can't be beat for the quality and variety of oysters. – diningin
- The atmosphere is simple... it is unpretentious and just plain cool. We think the menu is awesome. If you really enjoy oysters, they can not be beat. We love the oysters rockefeller although we wish they had more baked oyster options. I also love the po boy's... the roast beef is sooo good. Sometimes I get the Et toufle [sic], also delicious. – Ptownnative503