Thursday, March 24, 2011
Great Neighborhood Seafood Place
Cabezon is a great neighborhood seafood restaurant and fish market that opened in Portland's Hollywood district in December 2009. Owners, Chef David Farrell and sommelier Jackie Speck named it after a Pacific predatory coastal fish, but it is a very friendly place. In fact I wish this was in our neighborhood so I could walk to it regularly.
We started off our meal with the very generous house made paté with crostini, pickled pears, cornichons and red onions. The pate was delicious and the pickled pears had a very unique flavor, that was a great compliment. As a follow up, we shared the special smoked trout salad, with a heritage lemon vinaigrette dressing. Again this was an amazing dish, with a lot of flavor.
The menu changes daily, based on what fish is fresh, so you won't get bored eating here. I tried one of the main stay entrees, the Cioppino with white gulf shrimp, Dungeness crab, local fish, calamari, clams and mussels. This dish was a great spicy seafood stew that was plentiful and filling. We also had a pan seared fish that was from the sea bass family, on a bed of jambalaya. It was some of the best jambalaya I have tasted in a long time, and the fish was great too.
I hope you save room for desert, because I could have had one of everything on the menu. The carrot cake with Bellwether Farms crème fraiche lemon mousse was awesome and the Anjou pear crisp with house made vanilla ice cream and caramel was good too. The also have some great cocktails and a reasonably wine list.
Dinner served 5:30-9pm Monday-Thursday, 5:30- 9:30pm Fri-Sat. Outside dining available in warmer months. Happy hour 5-6 PM, Monday-Thursday.
5200 NE Sacramento St.
Portland, OR 97213
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