Oysters in Portland, OR
I recently moved to the Portland, OR vicinity from the Philly/NYC area and I'm used to having excess to several restaurants that offer a large selection of oysters from the northern Atlantic and several from the waters off OR, WA and western Canada. I have yet to find a place that offers an exciting selection of oysters in the Portland area. - Jake's and McCormick & Schmick's are okay but not what I’m looking for. I assumed, given the location of Portland, I would have many places to chose from but have yet to be successful. Any suggestions? Thank you.
Well, up until this morning I would have suggested Alberta Street Oyster Bar and Grill--however the Oregonian just reported that they are now closed! http://www.oregonlive.com/oregonian/stories/index.ssf?/base/entertainment/11891193124440.xml&coll=7
Given the proximity to the Pacific, you'd think that Portland would have better seafood options. Southpark is one of the better places, but that might not be what you're looking for, either.
Marco Shaw from Fife was supposed to open a seafood restaurant in the fall, but I haven't seen anything about that for a while. I also just noticed a sign on a building across the street from Fife that he and the woman from Alameda Cafe are going to open a takeout place, so maybe he's doing that instead.
There's also Bay 13 in NW Portland (http://www.bay13restaurant.com), but I don't think that's received very good reviews and I haven't been there.
I think Jake's is generally a pretty mediocre restaurant with a good selection of oysters- I like it. stay in the bar and give them another chance.
That's a shame about Alberta- glad I spent my last babysitter night there.
For real oyster fun- head to the coast and go to Pacific Seafoods in Bay City (just north of Tillamook). It is a long drive, but you are reading about salty snot hiding in a rock at work- so why the hell not?
The best place in PDX for oysters has long been Dan & Louis Oyster Bar. It's a family-owned restaurant that's been there for 100 years, and they know a thing or two about oysters. They own their own oyster beds in Yaquina Bay (and elsewhere I think). In fact, the business started as an oyster grower/wholesaler, and the restaurant was begun as a way to sell more oysters.
208 SW Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: (503) 227-5906
Fax: (503) 227-0019
Dan & Louis Oyster Bar
208 SW Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97204
Just a slight correction PDXpat. As a lifelong patron of Dan & Louis Oyster Bar I have to say that it is my understanding that the restaurant was opened first and then they started the Oregon Oyster Farm to ensure a steady supply. They have since sold their oyster beds and now get their oysters from Willapa Bay which is sad because the Oyster Stew with the petite Yaquina Bay oysters is no longer available. I remember being a kid in the sixties and early seventies when a line would form sometimes up to three blocks long just to get a table...
Depending on your ability to shuck oysters it could be that where you really want to go is directly to the wholesaler. They often have a retail shop on site. I know that Pacific Seafood did before they moved to their new digs in Clackamas. It is likely that they'll have the Bluepoints and Prince Edward Island oysters you were used to on the east coast. Those oysters seem to last longer in the shell than those grown locally. Next time you are at an oyster bar you might also casually ask the guy doing the shucking where they get their stock.
Always have had great oysters at Carlyle. They usually offer a few types to choose from and are good about letting you mix and match.
Had great Barron Points (some of my all-time faves) at ten-01 in the Pearl last week at their happy hour - a steal at $1 ea.
Have been meaning to get to Dan and Louis...they also have a great happy hour deal on oysters.
I also love Pacific Oyster in Bay City. In addition to the raw stuff there, get a bowl of oyster stew - fresh local Tillamook cream and butter along with the great local oysters - really great stuff. Also, a salad with a heaping mound of crab on it is a good deal there.