As the PDX local expert, I do try to venture north every now and again to observe how the neighbors are getting along. Roux is a wonderful wisp of fresh energy for the SEA food scene. From the striking location on Fremont to the cajun cooking with a NW twist, Roux delivers the whole hurricane-soaked New Orleans experience without the humidity, but they do bring the heat.
Start in the bar and try their take on the traditional sazerac "Battle of New Orleans," or sample something from the list of local wines and beers. Order the frites for alcohol absorption, maybe oysters to get things rolling. We had a corner at the bar and nearly didn't leave. It can get a bit loud but so does a good party. No reservations, so pace yourself waiting for an open table.
Staff are on par with the food, which is nothing short of superior. The cajun spices are carefully applied in variations that share the delicious flavors coming from local and bayou fresh provisions. When we asked our waitress, Anna, about one of the menu items, she said, "Order anything, if you don't eat it I will..." She was a delight and right about the food, from the mussels andouille to the crab gnocchi, steak to the spicy turtle bolognese, bread to beignets, all expertly prepared and nicely served. While I'm partial to Portland, Roux is worthy of a spot near the top of your Seattle to-do list.
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Creole Cuisine at Where Ya At Matt
Get a taste of New Orleans in Seattle at Where Ya At Matt. Owner Matthew Lewis has built up a devoted following with his towering po’boys and muffulettas, creamy shrimp and grits, fried catfish, and piping-hot sugar-dusted beignets. The lunchtime lines can be long at this popular place, but it’s worth it for the big portions and even bigger flavors. The food truck moves around during the week, so check the website for locations, or try his brick-and-mortar restaurant Roux in Fremont.