If you love Cajun-Creole food, you will love Acadia, the New Orleans Bistro, in Northeast Portland, Oregon. And this weekend, the Acadia Gumbo Flight is back!
Growing up in Portland, Oregon and then the surrounding suburbs, I thought that gumbo was always prepared the same way. For a long time, my exposure to Cajun/Creole cuisine was fairly limited. As I traveled throughout the years, I was delighted to discover that gumbo comes in many different delicious versions.
When Acadia, a New Orleans Bistro, opened up, I immediately fell in love with their take on cajun/Creole cuisine. Everything I had tried here was amazing! [Read my previous Acadia bistro restaurant review]
Recently, they offered a limited time Gumbo Flight in honor of the Treme Gumbo Festival in Louisiana - and it's back this weekend, November 18 - 19, by popular demand! I was fortunate to try out the gumbo flight with my friend Amy last week compliments of Acadia.
Acadia: Favorite Dish
Before we get to the flight, we need to prep our bellies with some starters. I highly recommend you start with the Louisiana Barbecue Shrimp ($14). This is one of my favorite dishes in Portland. Shrimp is one of my favorite foods on the planet, and Acadia prepares the large Louisiana shrimp with shell and head intact. If you're not used to eating shrimp this way, trust me: the biggest flavor is nestled nicely between the shell and the shrimp meat, so don't be afraid to use your hands here and slurp up the delicious butter sauce.
Once you're done with the shrimp, be sure to soak up the remaining butter sauce (it is soooo good!) with the sourdough bread that comes with this dish.
My runner up for First Course Favorite: the Soft-Shelled Blue Crab ($14).
To balance out your meal, try one of Acadia's delicious salads. We tried the Viridian Farms Honeycrisp Apples salad ($10) with collards, pecans, whipped Portland Creamery Chevre and buttermilk vinaigrette. I'm not normally a fan of the texture of collard greens, but I love how the vinaigrette softened the texture and the apples were the quintessential fall flavor addition to this salad.
If you're trying the Gumbo Flight ($16) this weekend, you will be in for a real treat! The gumbo flight consists of three different types of gumbo. From top left, moving clockwise:
- Cajun Country Gumbo - hickory-smoked, free-range chicken and housemade Andouille sausage
- Seafood Gumbo - gulf shrimp, crawfish, and blue crab
- Gumbo Z'herbes - green gumbo made from smoked ham hock, greens, and more greens.
My favorite gumbo came as quite a surprise. I adore seafood gumbo and thought that would be my favorite. I enjoyed it, but by far, the green gumbo turned out to be the best of the night! It's not as thick as other gumbos; it's the kind of soup that you want to eat on a chilly winter day or for when you're starting to feel run down.
Because you can't have savory spicy Cajun-Creole food without a chaser of something sweet, try the bread pudding at Acadia. Now, y'all know I am dairy-free but I splurge on the good stuff from time to time (when I remember to take my enzymes!), and this dessert is worth the splurge. Enjoy it with a cup of coffee in a classic Cafe du Monde mug.
Remember: the Gumbo Flight will only be at Acadia again this weekend, November 18 and 19, for dinner. However, if you can't make it, you should still make a plan to visit Acadia in the near future and enjoy the rest of their absolutely delicious Cajun-Creole food!
1303 NE Fremont
Monday - Friday 5 - 10pm Dinner
Wednesday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm Lunch