Where to Eat for Portland Dining Month Featuring Acadia Bistro


Hope you’re hungry. Portland Dining Month is here.


If you’re new to Portland Dining Month— it’s a magical time of the year where participating restaurants across Portland serve unique and delicious tasting menus from March 1st - 31st. At a fixed $33 per person for three courses, it's a great way to eat fancy at a non-fancy price point. 

You can pick any place you like on this list of participating restaurants. With 122+ restaurants to choose from, simply choosing a place can be the hardest part. (It’s the best kind of problem to have.) I’ve included my short list of Portland Dining Month restaurants at the end of this post to help you choose. Over the years, I’ve visited Laurelhurst Market, High Noon (RIP), and Raven & Rose for Portland Dining Month and it’s always made for a fun night out.

This year I ambled on over to Acadia for a taste of the Big Easy. This Cajun-Creole bistro on Fremont serves fun dishes and cocktails inspired by New Orleans. If you plan on visiting for Portland Dining Month, be sure to make reservations in advance. The restaurant fills up quickly! Without further adieu, on to the tasting menu details.

The Menu

Cheesy Grits with Smoked Pork Cheeks at Acadia

Cheesy Grits with Smoked Pork Cheeks at Acadia

Acadia’s menu for Portland Dining Month offers a crisp garden salad, multiple main entree options, and a caramel bread pudding for dessert. I opted for the cheesy grits with smoked pork cheeks and strawberry red pepper jam for my entree and my boyfriend picked the Cajun jambalaya. The gooey, salted bourbon caramel drenched bread pudding was our favorite and made for a delicious end to a tasty meal.

Bread Pudding at Acadia

Bread Pudding at Acadia


Have you tried Portland Dining Month this March? The event isn’t over yet! Check out the list below for are a spots on the Portland Dining Month to inspire you. Happy feasting!


Bar Casa Vale

This Spanish tapas restaurant can do no wrong in my book. Plus, the third course is xurros with toasted rice cream so count me in.

cafe nell

Cafe Nell is a charming and stylishly cozy spot in Northwest.
This year, I’m intrigued by their tasting menu that includes coq au rosé and a matcha roulade with a honeysuckle drizzle.


Clarklewis is one of those tried-and-true fine dining restaurants that tends to fly under the radar despite being absolutely sophisticated and delicious. The current tasting menu is not one to skip with options such as fresh salmon with acorn squash, risotto with foraged mushrooms, and chocolate hazelnut panna cotta.

Laurelhurst Market

Last year’s dinner for Portland Dining Month was one of the best meals I had all of 2018. Whatever they’re cooking, I’ll be there. This March, Laurelhurst is serving a classic grilled steak with salad and chocolate panna cotta.

little bird

A tasting menu that includes both the (in)famous double Brie burger and gnocchi? Très bien. If you’re searching for a romantic date night out, look no further than this classy and charismatic French bistro.


Normally a special occasion kind of spot, this gorgeous ristorante is serving a variety of options for a classic, three-course Italian meal. It’s time to treat yourself.


Let me count the ways I love thee, Yakuza. The tasting menu for Portland Dining Month is exactly what I normally order here and it’s a solid intro to the restaurant if you’ve never been. P.S. The seasonal ramen is among the best you’ll find in Portland.

From Portland with Love,


Disclosure: A special thank you is due to Acadia and Travel Portland for providing this Portland Dining Month experience. As always, dear readers, all thoughts and views are my own.