This NoPo bistro is in a neighborly little strip of shops on Fremont that's easily missed if you're not paying attention. And when you do find Acadia, you'll stop wondering if getting good creole cooking outside Louisiana is truly possible. Acadia does cajun with a Portland twist. They do the traditional crawfish, catfish, shrimp and crab fare which it sources, well, at the source—the Gulf. But they're careful to add local, sustainable purveyors for their oysters, meats, greens, and other seafood. The dishes have district cajun spices, separating them from just another hot food experiences. There are the jambalaya, étouffée, and gumbo dishes you'd expect, done expertly. They share the stage with local ingredients like Carlton Farms pork, and Portland Creamery goat cheese in offerings that remain true to the cajun style.
The space is modern and a bit sparse, but comfortable and lively. Eating at the bar is easy and entertaining, while small tables feel intimate. Staff is schooled and attentive and the food comes out with flair. Oyster shooters are a must for anyone with a raw shellfish addiction. The bar serves up cajun classics like Sazeracs and Hurricanes along with a hefty local wine and beer list. Stretch your budget by doing the Cheap Mondays' menu. Acadia easily overcomes the question of why you'd come to Portland to eat New Orleans. Same great food, different humidity!