Portland >Food & Dining > Lagniappe
1934 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721145.558927 -122.645130
Neighborhoods: Vernon, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
Cheap food at expensive prices – The spinach side was great and the drinks ok. Most everything else I've had was disappointing. From the cheap white rolls they called "French" Bread to the hard black eyed peas, it's just plain unbelievable that they expect you to pay $12. for a mayonaise smeared, iceberg lettuce and unripe tomatoed sandwich. Ok, authenticity? Well, I've been to N'Orleans and the flavors are complex. The sauces are delicious, not raw mayo and High school cafeteria pickles. (oh, and this kind of down home cooking is a lot cheaper).
Yes, everything is fresh but that doesn't mean good. Atmosphere? except for the patio, it's a dark cave or uncomfortable hard wood bench booths and straight lines of chairs facing the street. The oysters were very fresh and plentiful but over breaded. This was my third and last time, the first was a gelatinous glop of meat hiding ... you guessed it, the cheapest white bread available. It seems to me the other reviewers have a bit from low expectations. when spending $60. for three people, I expect a little more flavor and a little less high school cafeteria food.
Great, Great Po' Boy – I have never written one of these things before but the meal I had at Lagniappe forced my hand. I ate the oyster po' boy with a side of greens. I've had "real southern cookin'" in Portland before and it usually just means that everything is burned and served with corn bread. At Lagniappe everything was fresh and of the best quality from the tomato to the oysters to the delicious bread it came on. The other plus was the amount of oysters I got. Po' boys I've had in the past have maybe three medium sized oysters so not only do you feel like you're getting ripped off but they don't cook right and get all oozy. At Lagniappe, they use extra small oysters dredged in corn meal so they taste like oysters but have a nice little crunch at the same time- and you get scads of em'! Sandwich awesome, greens awsome, great inobtrusive service, go there!
Not bad, but considerable room for improvement – My wife and I stopped in for our first visit and had lunch. Prompt seating and the waitstaff was attentive. Our meals were served promptly and the hot food was served hot. We were impressed with the buttermilk fried chicken and the fried crawfish, all perfectly cooked with a crunchy batter to hold in the juices. Sadly the restaurant's interpretation of red beans and rice leaves MUCH to be desired. Instead of being creamy and smooth, they were thick and dry, more like refried beans with an overpowering of thyme. Our crawfush salad was fresh and well presented, but too much thyme was used in the vinaigrette dressing, as well. Overal not bad, but not up to New Orleans standards. We'll give them another try one of these days......
Always good – We have dined here several times and have always had great service and amazing food. The test, however was aptly passed on our last experience there. We were joining a large party, (10 people), for a special dinner. I usually shy away from such outings because the experience is often nightmarish and even typically good food, isn't.
As a former waitress, I was impressed with how well we were all taken care of. Drinks were served quickly, our orders were taken with patience and charm. Appetizers came out all at once. So did entrees. Everybody got the right order and loved every bite of it. We weren't rushed. We had our water glasses filled before we knew we needed them filled. Leftovers were happily wrapped up for us before our desserts and coffee arrived. The portions are immense. The po-boys are wonderful. As are the greens, red beans and rice, and crawfish-tail salad with homemade blue cheese dressing. I've never raved about cole slaw before, but man, it's the best I've ever had. Keep up the good work, Lagniappe! We'll be back soon.
True Cajun – This is a cute little restaurant with great atmosphere and incredible Cajun food. It was very authentic and didn't feel put-on at all. The owner is a sweetheart and talked to us for some time about the restaurant. You MUST TRY the incredible bread pudding dessert. I had heard a lot about it and finally tried it. It was completely worth it and I almost wanted to order another one! The shrimp po-boy was also incredible. If you want great Southern food in Portland, come here.
A little bit of N'awlins in Portland!! – I had dinner 2 nights ago and enjoyed it so much I went back for lunch today. A big portion of Jambalaya was served steaming hot, moist and flavorful with nice chunks of chicken and Andouille sausage and topped with chopped green onions. A bottle of Crystal hot sauce on each table adds to the authenticity. Fried Shrimp Po'Boy was huge, overflowing with shrimp on a nice french roll with lettuce, tomato and mayo. Hush Puppies are the size of a racketball, served steaming hot, moist and tasty. Could have used a little honey or some kind of dipping sauce, but I made do with the hot sauce. Cole slaw was tart and tangy with a little bite of heat. Overall the portions are very generous- make suere you come hungry. Lousiana Abita TurboDog beer on tap. Yeah!!
Nice menu selections including several Po'Boys just like you'd find in NOLA. Besides the fried shrimp, they have catfish, pork, fried oysters. A corn chowder was on the daily special board along with a shrimp fettucini. The prices are very reasonable.
I've been to the Crescent City numerous times and I'm a foodie. I can recommend Lagniappe as authentic as you will find. Adding to the ambience was some great music playing on the sound system. Service was friendly and fast. I will return many times.
The Best Cajun in Portland – We love this restaurant!!!!! It is nice to sit outside in the summer and enjoy the sun while having a leisurely lunch or dinner. The service is always good and the food is better than that. I love the Community Coffee and just about everything on the menu that I've had, especially the pulled pork sandwich heaped with the spicy cole slaw. My only complaint would be that Muffelattas are not regularly on the menu. They are beyond good when available.
best shrimp poboy's in town – nice in and outside dinning great for large group's of people good plac to take the hole family
Best PoBoy I've ever had – I lived in New Orleans for a short time too, so I've got a bit of experience there. The real taste came today though when I took a friend there who had lived in NO for five years and he agreed with me that it was better then anything we had over there. AWESOME. Great service, too.
Abita Beer No Need to Say Any More – Any place that has Abita on Tap will forever be a perfect place for me. If the scale could go any higher I would. Let me begin by agreeing that this place truly is a gem within the NW chaos of diverse restaurants. Since I have moved up here I have been all around and looked for Abita Beer (abita. c o m). When I sat down and the waiter told us that they had an Amber Lager, Abita I only think I could describe my reaction as sheer awe and amazement. Once I pinched myself and confirmed I had to focus on the menu. Which by the way is the same for Lunch as Dinner (but they do have some great Happy Hour specials). A couple of things I have to state. It is impossible to re-create the food that comes out of the restaurants in New Orleans anywhere else but in New Orleans. With that being said these guys really have the technique and recipes down to a prefect art. If there was anyplace in New Orleans I could compare this to it would be Mothers on Poydras St. in the CBD. It was good I enjoyed the Oyster PO boy (Made with Washington Oysters not Gulf) the bread was the closest thing I have seen to NO French bread since I have been up here. I would recommend this place to anyone who I willing to take me for a couple of beers. Or someone who wanted to know what the food is like down in the NO south. We had a great time, awesome atmosphere and a great location. Right in the heart of the Alberta District, A 10 with lots of good gris gris. Really nice court yard has the authentic French quarter feel. You got to check it out!
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