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Saturday Night Dinner: Tapalaya

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Tapalaya
28 NE 28th Avenue
Portland, OR 97232

Not too long ago, we caught another showing of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World at Laurelhurst Theater. The original plan was to hit Tabla afterward for dinner but, sadly they had no table for us. That’s how we ended up at Tapalaya and had a very nice meal! Please enjoy the following pictures as much as we enjoyed the dinner. I don’t normally crave Louisiana/Southern food but I was delighted by the Fried Chicken, Fritters and Po’ Boy small plates. Oh and the flaming crème brûlée was pretty awesome too!

The idea being small plates, we a few things to share and then each had a po’ boy (well, jwa had two). That was a good strategy and the bill was very reasonable for all the food and drinks we ordered.

While we were one of the few tables when we got there around 5:30, it was completely full and boisterous by the time we left.

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Louisiana Lemonade which I forget all that was in it right now, but it was mighty tasty.

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Beet Salad — roasted beets with Creole-mayo, topped with onion & hard boiled egg.

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Crawfish Fritters with Cajun aioli.

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Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Bourbon pecan syrup.

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Shrimp Po’ Boy dressed with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and mayo. In the background is a Muffaletta Po’Boy.

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Cajun potato chips — salty, spicy & crispy.

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Blackened Snapper Po’Boy topped with Cajun cole slaw & red remoulade.

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Crème brûlée flambé, which we had alongside a small coffeepress of coffee with chickory. We had a couple of people at nearby tables comment on the fun of a flaming dessert. We completely agreed.

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Tapalaya — tasty small plates and flaming dessert for all!

5 comments to Saturday Night Dinner: Tapalaya

  • Erika

    15 years ago–no, wait, more like 17, I think–I was part of the team that opened the Starbucks that’s on the corner of 28th and Burnside. There was a scary grocery store in the neighborhood, plus Esparza’s and a decent Chinese place. I think it’s good Tapalaya wasn’t there at the time–I would’ve spent entire paychecks on tapas…

  • Annette

    I discovered Tapalaya rather by accident this summer, and it’s now on my once a month list. I agree that the Louisiana Lemonade and the Crawfish Fritters are mighty tasty. Let me also recommend the Crabby Mac and (my favorite) the Grilled “Sweet-Blackened” Pork Tenderloin. They serve some of the best collard greens in town too.

  • mlb

    Erika: It would have been mighty tempting, that’s for sure! ;-)

    Annette: Thanks for the recs, those both sound great! I definitely want to try a whole new bunch of plates next time! :)

  • Colleen

    DANG and holy Louisiana, sister — man that looks GREAT! The crawfish weren’t overpowered by the ‘fritter’ style of breading/cooking them? Love your pics and posts. :)

  • mlb

    Colleen: It was all great! The fritter part was imho, not overpowered at all and worked pretty well all together! I want more… Now… Too bad I’m at work :/

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