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Dan & Louis Oyster Bar

208 S.W. Ankeny, Portland, OR - (503) 227-5906
Posted By Deborah Pastor on 3/21/2006 8:05:00 PM
If you want oysters and you want them fresh, tasty and affordable - then come on down to Dan & Louis Oyster Bar. I have been going to Jake's for some time for my Portland seafood fix but decided to check out Dan & Louis after reading the Roadfood review. Jake's is a very nice restaurant, somewhat fancy, usually crowded, with great seafood. Dan & Louis is different - the emphasis is all on the oyster. The decor is nautical and it is relaxed and homey - a perfect place for families or for a couple like us who wanted to sit around for a couple of hours, talking, eating oysters and drinking beer.

It wasn't crowded (we were there on a weeknight), and we felt very comfortable sitting at our table ordering round after round of raw oysters and downing some of Portland's finest ales. The local Netarts oysters we had actually tasted fresher and brinier than the ones we had at Netarts! We also tried the oyster chowder - which is the true chowder, without flour or cornstarch, just milk, potatoes, butter... and lots and lots of oysters. We had planned to try other dishes, but this hit the spot.

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A large crab Louis offers almost too much crab meat. We loved eating and eating and eating it until nothing was left on the plate but lettuce. This is a close shot of the sweet, moist, ocean-fresh Dungeness crab of which it's made.
"A large crab Louis offers almost too much crab meat. We loved eating and eating and eating it until nothing was left on the plate but lettuce. This is a close shot of the sweet, moist, ocean-fresh Dungeness crab of which it's made."
Michael Stern





A single Yaquina Bay oyster, ready to swallow. This is the mollusk on which Dan & Louis' reputation was built.
"A single Yaquina Bay oyster, ready to swallow. This is the mollusk on which Dan & Louis' reputation was built."
Michael Stern


This plate of freshly shucked oysters features six each of Tillamook and Penn Cove.
"This plate of freshly shucked oysters features six each of Tillamook and Penn Cove."
Cliff Strutz


According to the menu, this was Grandpa Louis' favorite dish: petite Yaquina Bay oysters, pan-fried to a golden crunch.
"According to the menu, this was Grandpa Louis' favorite dish: petite Yaquina Bay oysters, pan-fried to a golden crunch."
Michael Stern


These are very good crab cakes but, frankly, the crab around here is so good that we much prefer its simpler incarnations.
"These are very good crab cakes but, frankly, the crab around here is so good that we much prefer its simpler incarnations."
Michael Stern


Dan and Louis' famous oyster stew. We have never had better.
"Dan and Louis' famous oyster stew. We have never had better."
Cliff Strutz


The oyster cocktail comes in small and large sizes. This is large, and there are lots of oysters here, but they go down so easily, especially with D & L's bright cocktail sauce. That's extra horseradish on the dish below the glass.
"The oyster cocktail comes in small and large sizes. This is large, and there are lots of oysters here, but they go down so easily, especially with D & L's bright cocktail sauce. That's extra horseradish on the dish below the glass."
Michael Stern


There's plenty of Dungeness crab in this creamy-rich sauce atop a couple pieces of toast.
"There's plenty of Dungeness crab in this creamy-rich sauce atop a couple pieces of toast."
Michael Stern


Every table at Dan & Louis is outfitted with a big cruet full of oyster crackers.
"Every table at Dan & Louis is outfitted with a big cruet full of oyster crackers."
Michael Stern


A crisp, fresh and attractive dinner salad
"A crisp, fresh and attractive dinner salad"
Alan Sasai


Talk about comfort food! This seafood stew is rich and buttery and loaded with easy to eat pieces of local swimmers.
"Talk about comfort food! This seafood stew is rich and buttery and loaded with easy to eat pieces of local swimmers."
Michael Stern


Broiled mixed seafood with roasted red potatoes and fresh asparagus.  The seafood was perfectly cooked, moist and tender.
"Broiled mixed seafood with roasted red potatoes and fresh asparagus. The seafood was perfectly cooked, moist and tender."
Alan Sasai


A pre-lunch picture of the larger dining room at Dan & Louis shows one of the walls loaded with nick-nacks.
"A pre-lunch picture of the larger dining room at Dan & Louis shows one of the walls loaded with nick-nacks."
Michael Stern


In the heart of Portland, the City of Roses proclaims the front of D & L's oyster-shaped menu. This marker of the landmark restuarant is in the sidewalk just outside the door.
"In the heart of Portland, the City of Roses proclaims the front of D & L's oyster-shaped menu. This marker of the landmark restuarant is in the sidewalk just outside the door."
Michael Stern



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