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Crab Louie in Portland! (fish tacos!)

Dan S. Jul 12, 2007 04:31 PM

Crab Louie, on Commercial Street, is absolutely killing. In this town that is starved for anything even resembling a halfway decent taco or burrito, they are making exceptional fish and shrimp tacos, along w/ oyster Po' boys and more traditional crab shack offerings.

The decor is no frills and a touch fluorescent, but it's worth it. For $7.99 you get a very large fish taco in a soft flour tortilla, with homemade red cabbage slaw, super fresh and not oily fried fish, and a touch of zingy sauce. It is now my favorite lunch item in town.

The sad thing is, it being Portland and all, I'm pretty sure they won't last. So get one while they're there (and help keep them in business!!!)

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    CandyGirl13 RE: Dan S. Jul 13, 2007 10:16 AM

    They've always been busy the few times I've been there

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      sciencediet RE: Dan S. Jul 13, 2007 10:57 AM

      Where on Commercial Street?

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        Dan S. RE: sciencediet Jul 13, 2007 03:39 PM

        Near Pearl Street. I'm eating a fried shrimp taco w/ extra chili lime sauce and it's divine. I have to keep myself from going there every day.

        I asked how business has been, and the guy there replied it's been very mixed. Sometimes busy, sometimes completely dead. Things here don't tend to last like that. Go have a fish taco - now, and every day, like me.

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          sopobungalow RE: Dan S. Jul 18, 2007 06:15 AM

          Dan, I'm curious what you mean by "things here don't tend to last like that." What is the category they're in that doesn't fare well in Portland? (Not trying to be snarky, just curious.)

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            joss2 RE: sopobungalow Jul 19, 2007 12:15 PM

            I agree about pricy -fish taco and kids fry was $10. It's a small place with no A/C. That said there's a bunch of menu items I'd like to try and take out to a bench somewhere.

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        laurmb RE: Dan S. Jul 15, 2007 05:47 PM

        Just went today and I absolutely loved the fish taco. - thanks for suggesting it! My only problem is that it's a little pricey or the portion is a little small. It's probably in line with the surrounding places, but a fish taco (with no sides), crab cake sandwich, hamburger, & drinks for 3 (we're talking water & soda) came to about $30. The taco was the best I've had since living in CA, but unless it gets bigger or comes with something else, it can't be an every day thing for me.

        1. Science Chick RE: Dan S. Jul 19, 2007 01:28 PM

          Did I read correctly that they are serving it on a flour tortilla? That would kinda ruin it for me.......I personally prefer the traditional two corn tortilla presentation

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            laurmb RE: Science Chick Jul 19, 2007 06:13 PM

            Yeah, flour tortilla but it's actually quite good- crispy but light.

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              Science Chick RE: laurmb Jul 20, 2007 05:25 AM

              So, it is a hard shell flour instead of soft shell corn?

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                laurmb RE: Science Chick Jul 20, 2007 04:55 PM

                There's a little controversy about this in my house. My husband says it was fried, but I think it was grilled, or lightly browned in a pan. Next time I go I'll have to ask. It wasn't entirely hard or crispy, but it wasn't totally soft, either. Sorry to make this more mysterious; hopefully someone else can describe it better.

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                  adl RE: laurmb Aug 17, 2007 09:56 AM

                  I'm eating one right now and I say the flour tortilla is definitely either grilled or lightly pan browned.

          2. lupaglupa RE: Dan S. Aug 17, 2007 12:20 PM

            I went by this week and tried the fish taco (and helped the family with various other things). The taco was good, although I thought the sauce with it was too sweet - it was very red and didn't have much spice, just sugar. The fried fish was good, fries were ordinary.

            The family verdict was that they liked it but would go back to Susan's next time.

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