Dan & Louis Oyster Bar
Nestled in downtown’s Ankeny Alley, amongst tourist-favorite Voodoo Doughnuts and various late-night clubs, Dan & Louis Oyster Bar stands its ground as the oldest family-owned restaurant in town. A window display shows a market-fresh line-up of the day’s oysters—from Tillamook to Eld Inlet—propped by ice buckets and hand-written signs. The oyster sampler (6 for $18) comes with the requisite cocktail sauce, horseradish, and vinegar for a big buttery slurp of Pacific coast goodness.
Along with its 2014 move from SE Clinton to bustling NW 23rd Ave came St. Jack’s auspicious chilled seafood menu, the likes of which include thin-sliced scallops, chilled poached prawns with vadouvan curry aioli, and, of course, oysters (6 for $19 or 12 for $33). Chef Aaron Barnett’s menu pays homage to Lyon, France, but he sources his rare seafood finds from local Oregon fishers. Oysters come perched atop ice filled metal serving trays, and beg for a glass of sparkling French something.
As a bastion of all things Pacific Northwest, the dark-wooded Southeast Division spot has always put its oyster display front and center (and just to the left of the whiskey-lined bar). Washington- and Oregon-sourced oysters, from Burns Point to Netarts, are a mere $2 during Monday’s all-day happy hour. And if you’ve got an insatiable, otter-like drive for oysters, there’s always the $110 seafood tower.
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