Acadia, located on adorable Fremont Street in North East Portland, Ore., has been serving up exceptional Cajun food created by Chef Adam Higgs for more than a decade. After all these years, Acadia continues to be one of the top restaurants in Portland and a must-visit for anyone who loves Creole food.
Acadia is a colorful restaurant that creates Louisiana favorites like red beans and rice, gumbo and jambalaya. The menu changes often to reflect what is in season currently in order to offer the freshest ingredients possible.
Try a sampler of red beans and rice, gumbo and jambalaya at Acadia — Photo courtesy of Meagan Shamy
Acadia features locally sourced products, including Pacific Northwest seafood, as well as vegetables and fruit. They also feature seafood caught in the Gulf Coast like shrimp, crab, oysters and crawfish.
Higgs visits New Orleans once a year for inspiration, so his gumbo is certainly not average. Instead, the gumbo here is filled with shrimp, blue crab and Louisiana crawfish, alongside andouille sausage made in house.
Start your meal off with a beautiful salad combinations such as a rhubarb salad with fresh strawberries, spice-toasted oats, Portland Creamery goat cheese and tarragon topped with mint vinaigrette with arugula and chicories for $10.
Or skip the salad and indulge yourself with a custom cocktail. They have a wide selection or cocktails, beers and wines. Their hurricanes are always a good choice, and they are huge.
Acadia's Cajun cuisine — Photo courtesy of Meagan Shamy
Dessert at Acadia is phenomenal. They always have some variation of bread pudding available like their Vanilla Bean Bread Pudding with salted caramel sauce, whipped cream and toasted pecans. Then there are options like the Tropic Thunder: a banana cake with maraschino drizzle, coconut frosting, passion fruit cheesecake and Golden Graham macadamia crust!
Monday is always a great night to dine here, because they offer a three-course meal for $25, which includes a house salad, one of their top-notch entrees and a large serving of their seasonal bread pudding.
Wednesdays are the only day of the week Acadia is open for lunch. During lunch, they feature an assortment of freshly made po' boys, as well as many of their dinner offerings.
Acadia is open for dinner Monday through Saturday and on Wednesdays for lunch. Reservations are highly recommended, including for lunch since it's a small restaurant.