Monday, July 22, 2013

One last look at The Parish

231 NW 11th Avenue
Happy Hour: 3 - 6 PM, daily

Louisiana in the middle of July does not sound too appealing to me. It's hot! It's humid! There's little warning before becoming drenched in a downpour. It's nothing like Portland. Thankfully, there have been a number of restaurants popping up that offer the same southern flavors without the travel expense. Two of them share the same owners but a completely different atmosphere. I haven't had the opportunity to eat at EaT: an Oyster Bar yet but did enjoy a taste of what they have to offer at The Parish last week.

The lunch and dinner menus at The Parish both have a number of food items that interest me. As a vegetarian, I quickly learned that eating in New Orleans means eating a lot of fried eggplant. Thankfully, the people at The Parish have done a little more with their menu to make sure that they are pleasing the people of Portland. It's just too bad that only one of those options shows up on the Happy Hour menu.

Happy Hour at The Parish includes discounts on limited drinks and only eight of their dishes. Prices range from three to eight dollars. For an adventurous meat eater, there are a number of choices that would give you an idea of what they serve during the dinner hour. For me--as a vegetarian--I was a bit disappointed that I only had one thing to choose from.

The Wedge Salad is one that's done in so many establishments. I have my favorites. And they aren't all the same. I love finding new variations and enjoy the crispness of the iceberg lettuce (despite it's lack of nutritional value). The Wedge Salad at The Parish is served with house-made buttermilk ranch and a soft boiled egg. Having texture issues, I was not able to finish the soft boiled egg but did enjoy every bite of the salad. I appreciated the spiciness of the dressing and the added bite from the fresh chives.

Without having offered a discounted cocktail, I settled for a glass of sparkling wine. (They do offer $4 well drinks, but I was looking for something more.) Sparkling wine is not my usual, I know, but I like to keep true to the Happy Hour offerings when doing an official review. I suppose I could have gone with a glass of red, but the sparkling white wine seemed like a more refreshing option for a hot summer afternoon.

Although the food and drink discounts were more limited than I would have liked, I did appreciate the service at The Parish so very much. Their dedication makes me hopeful that they will consider offering more of their vegetarian dishes in the future. Perhaps the Fried Green Tomatoes, Okra, or a mini Muffaletta (with or without meat) will be listed next time I'm in.

Food: Nearly Meets
Drinks: Meets
Service: Exceeds
Ambiance: Meets
Value: Meets


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  1. Your picture of the menu shows grilled asparagus available during HH. Did they not have it so that the only veg option was the iceberg lettuce salad?

    1. Here's the current menu...