If you can’t get to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, you can certainly enjoy NOLA-inspired cuisine right here in the Bridge City.
Fat Monday Asian/Cajun Fusion
Known for its New Orleans cuisine served tapas-style, and its Asian/Cajun menu created by New Orleans-born, Vietnamese chef Anh Luu, Tapalaya will host its third annual Lundi Gras (Fat Monday) Breakside Brewery Dinner on Monday, February 8th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the restaurant.
Reuniting again with Breakside Brewery, Tapalaya is kicking-off Mardi Gras one day early with this dinner celebration. Located on Portland’s NE 28th restaurant row, Tapalaya is the city’s first and only restaurant to serve New Orleans cuisine as small plates. Tapalaya, which is a combination of the words tapas and Jambalaya, offers its contemporary Cajun/Creole tapas and its Vietnamese-inspired menu at dinner and Brunch. For the Lundi Gras Breakside Brewery Dinner, the restaurant will bring the bright flavors of the Caribbean, with a key focus on Trinidad, to its contemporary Cajun/Creole cuisine, and serve the dishes with a series of specially-selected beers poured by Breakside Brewery’s Brewmaster Ben Edmunds.
This high-energy event features family-style dishes and live musical entertainment provided by Steve Cheseborough, a one-man show that brings the Delta blues to life by interspersing songs with stories, history and humor. The event includes dinner, five different beers, and gratuity for $60 per person.
For reservations or for more information, please visit the Tapalaya website.
Our review of Tapalaya.
Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Dinner
Mardis Gras comes early this February, and Portland’s Acadia Bistro is ready to spice up your winter. As is tradition, Acadia will put on a festive showing on Fat Tuesday, February 9th, with a delicious Mardi Gras prix fixe dinner menu showcasing chef Seamus Foran’s expertise in the Cajun kitchen.
Featured dishes include:
Crawfish Deviled Egg with celery root remoulade and Belgian endive ~
Crab Cakes “Rex” with frisée and hollandaise ~
Braised Pork Cheeks with Old School grits and cane syrup gastrique ~
House-made King Cake with cream cheese icing (Find a baby in the cake and win a $50 gift certificate!)
Dinner is $45 per person without gratuity. The regular a la carte dinner menu will also be available. Bar director Charles Campos will complement the fare with cocktail classics from the Big Easy, or a fancy concoction from the staggering 114-bottle Bourbon list and the biggest absinthe selection in town.
Mardi Gras dinner service is from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. and reservations are highly recommended. The regular menu will be available as well. Call (503) 249-5001 to reserve seat.
Our article on Acadia Bistro.