Blow our (fish) balls off.
October 14, 2006 1:56 AM Subscribe
Where are the really good, really fresh, really affordable seafood restaurants in Portland, Oregon (or the nearby coast)?
posted by melissa may to food & drink (10 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
So, every time we go to a seafood place in town or on the coast, they all seem to have been issued a blurb from Gourmet or somesuch to the effect of, "These people have clam chowder/oyster shooters/crab legs/steamer clams/wild salmon that will blow your balls off," and so we dutifully go in and try some, only to leave with our balls decidedly unblown off. We're feeling especially bitter about the clam chowder (it's always "famous"), which is either mildly good or tastes like something out of a Progresso can. Also, these people keep breading and frying the fish just like they do in the midwest so you won't notice that, were it still speaking, it would harangue you about how spoiled you are because you failed to live through the Depression. At first we wondered if was just a bad year for oysters, but no, we bought a batch and steamed them and they were great. (Actually all the fresh seafood we've bought's been really good.) I'm sorry to be emotional but we just returned from two rounds of seafood on the coast, and besides the breading thing we paid a rather hefty sum for some little blobs of Dungeness crabs when half the fun is wrestling them out of the shells. Being new to town and loving much of its unbreaded portions, we're not giving up on the dream, so please: tell us where to go. We'll drive out to the coast if we need to, but it'd be nice if it was in town and not so hard on our wallets (though we'll save up to have our balls well and truly blown to kingdom come).