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[PDX] Lagniappe

Nick | Nov 21, 200405:18 AM

After hitting the market today for the last time this year, went over to Lagniappe to eat. It's a tiny place on NE Broadway. It has cafe seating including a "bar" looking out the window.

The menu is mostly Louisiana fare -- jambalaya, gumbo, po boys, and even bread pudding with bourbon sauce for dessert. But they also serve BBQ.

I got the chicken and andouille gumbo ($5), a side of coleslaw ($1.50), and a side of hush puppies ($2.50). They also let me purchases a little sampling of the pulled pork and brisket.

The gumbo had a nice flavor and all the pieces were nicely cooked. It had a relatively strong smokiness that may have come from the chicken. I needed to add salt and tabasco, but it was still good. My only real complaint was that it might be a little too refined, if that's the right word, without quite the depth that it could have.

The coleslaw was a little sweet for me, but the sweetness was balanced by a sneaky bit of horeradish. Not mushy, though, and certainly worth eating.

The hushpuppies are fried fresh which gives them a big advantage over places like Yam Yam's which just lets them sit around. Like most fried foods, they're much better right out of the frier. Their hps had a bold onion flavor, strong saltiness, and a slow burn.

The BBQ was surprisingly good. The brisket is too lean and a little dry. It had a nice smokering, though. The fat on the outside hadn't rendered off and there wasn't much of a crust. The pulled pork was also, though less, dry. It also had a nice smokering. Because their biggest problem is their dryness, I think the meats would be very good for sandwiches.

If nothing else, after only one meal there, this is my second favorite spot on NE Broadway west of Sandy. But since I really don't like most places along there, except Sukhothai, Milo's, and Cadillac, and since breakfast isn't a meal I enjoy, that's not saying much. But still, it's worth going to. I wish I knew cajun and creole food better, though. I'd definitely like to hear from some bayou-bred Chowhounds.


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