A business associate of Michael’s was in town and wanted to go out to dinner last night so we took him to Jake’s Famous Crawfish.
There are two Jake’s in Portland: the one we went to last night, and Jake’s Grill. Both are classy places with excellent seafood.
The associate was visiting from Illinois and he said he never gets good seafood out there. That’s a common comment from out of town guests. I suppose I take it for granted since I’ve lived in the Northwest my whole life. I just expect to get great seafood.
When we first walked in the door, this is what I saw:
Oh, save me!
We were seated in a booth just passed a huge table of Navy boys.
We split an order of calamari between the three of us.
Their calamari is light and not greasy. Michael thinks it’s the best calamari in town and I agree (mainly because it hasn’t been dethroned yet!).
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to order. There were so many yummy options! I’m forever in search of THE BEST steak in Portland. Nothing has compared to Craftsteak in Vegas. Portland City Grill came pretty close, however.
I decided to order a glass of wine first and let that dictate what kind of food I ordered. I ordered my favorite: Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling.
In the end, the Steelhead was calling my name. Fresh Steelhead with Wild Oregon Bay shrimp and a basil butter sauce. It was a really light sauce, not creamy at all, and I prefer those kinds of sauces. I asked the waiter if I could substitute the roasted potatoes with a salad and he said no. He said they could give me extra veggies instead of potatoes but I said nevermind.
The fish was perfectly prepared and melted in my mouth! The sauce was tangy and delicious. I would love to be able to make a glaze for fish like that. I ate all of the asparagus and carrots, half of the fish, and one potato. I decided to save the rest of it for lunch.
Michael ordered the Cheese Ravioli with Crab. It came in a cream sauce with chunks of goat cheese, spinach, and basil. I snagged a few bites and it was great too!
I was so full but Michael wanted to order dessert. That was a first (since he rarely wants dessert) so I said yes. We split the Key Lime Pie. It was thick like cheesecake but lighter.
I’ve never had Key Lime Pie in my life. I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was tangy and bitter, but in a good way. The little bit of whipped cream was just sweet enough to balance it out and the graham cracker crust was thick and crunchy! It was fantastic. I don’t regret splitting it.
QUESTION: Do you have good seafood in your area?