Acadia hits 15
Portland's Acadia Bistro has hit the 15th Anniversary month. Chef/owner Seamus Foran is celebrating by featuring a different $15 entree each week for the month of October.
Oct. 25th he, along with Chris Angelus, will create a special retrospective Portland Food Adventure.
Acadia opened in 2001, run by New Orleans native and restaurateur Bud Deslatte who was on a mission to bring his beloved home cuisine to the Pacific Northwest. He teamed up with young executive chef Adam Higgs and together they created a classic Louisiana fine-dining menu, complete with white tablecloths and potent Hurricanes. In 2004, Bud was lured away to the sunnier skies of San Diego, and so Higgs bought out his portion and ran Acadia solo, eventually transforming the restaurant into a more casual space that fit the Irvington/Sabin neighborhood. The menu pivoted to more down-home cooking, featuring gumbo, a legendary pork chop, and the house signature dish, Louisiana BBQ shrimp. Higgs ran the restaurant for the next decade, gathering a loyal group of regulars drawn in by the restaurant’s cozy candlelit dinners, rowdy Mardi Gras celebrations and lazy (sometimes liquor-laden) Wednesday lunches.
Now smack in the middle of its teenage years, Acadia went through another transformation last summer with Higgs selling the restaurant to his then-sous chef, Seamus Foran. Today’s Acadia is still true to its Cajun/Creole roots, but Foran brings a lighter touch to the cuisine, always seeking to strike a balance with rich NoLa dishes and the bright, fresh produce of the Pacific Northwest.