Tapalaya Becomes the Home of the New Orleans Saints
Join Ex-New Orleanians and NFL Fans to Watch The Saints During Football Season
PORTLAND, Ore. (October 10, 2018) – Known for its New Orleans cuisine served on small plates, tapas-style, and its Asian/Cajun menu created by the restaurant’s New Orleans-born, Vietnamese Executive Chef and Owner Anh Luu, Tapalaya is now the home of the New Orleans Saints in Portland. Guests can join ex-New Orleanians and NFL fans to watch the Saints during football season on the restaurant’s brand new 55” TV.
With most of the Saints games airing on a Sunday or on a Monday night, guests can enjoy Brunch, Happy Hour or Dinner while watching the Saints games. Additionally, Tapalaya will air Monday Night Football even when it’s not the Saints playing.
“I love the Saints and I spent many weekends with family and friends in New Orleans watching them play before moving to Portland. Supporting the Black & Gold, the City of New Orleans and the #WhoDatNation here at Tapalaya means so much to me. It’s a perfect fit,” said Tapalaya Owner and Executive Chef Anh Luu.
Located on Portland’s NE 28th restaurant row, Tapalaya is the city’s first-and-only restaurant to serve New Orleans cuisine as small plates. Tapalaya, which is a combination of the words tapas and Jambalaya, offers its contemporary Cajun/Creole tapas and its Vietnamese-inspired special menu and dishes at dinner and Brunch.
Served on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Brunch menu includes Cochon Eggs Benedict, Fried Chicken & Beignets with bourbon syrup, Andouille & Egg Po’ Boy Sandwiches, Eggs Sardou, a Coconut Pork Rice Bowl, Shrimp & Grits, and Blackened Steelhead Hash, among other dishes. The menu also features a boozy Brunch Cocktail list which includes the Beericane, which contains passion fruit, orange juice, grenadine and Old German Beer; Uncle Ho’s Spiked Iced Coffee with bourbon, Stone Barn Coffee Liqueur, chicory coffee and condensed milk over ice and the Pêche French 75 with gin, sparkling wine, simple syrup, lemon, peach puree and peach bitters. Live music is offered during Brunch on Saturdays during football season.
Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the restaurant at (503) 232-NOLA (6652) or online at the restaurant’s website or via Open Table.
Born to Vietnam War refugees in New Orleans, Luu and her family evacuated from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. With their home under 15 feet of water, Luu’s family moved to Portland, Oregon but Luu remained in Louisiana to attend school and work in several top New Orleans restaurants. She later moved to Portland to join her family and attend the Western Culinary Institute. Subsequently, Luu was hired as Second in Charge at Tanuki, Chef/Owner Janis Martin’s izakaya. Following Tanuki, Luu was hired as Executive Chef at Tapalaya in May 2013. In March 2017, Luu purchased Tapalaya from previous owner, Chantal Angot.
Located at 28 NE 28th Avenue in Northeast Portland and serving dinner and Happy Hour, which is offered daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays through Sundays and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, with live New Orleans music on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Brunch on Saturdays during football season. Tapalaya serves contemporary Cajun/Creole cuisine sourcing many fruits, vegetables, meats, and seafood from local farms and farmer’s markets in Portland, the Willamette Valley and Vancouver, Washington. Gluten-friendly, vegetarian and vegan options are offered and classic menu items include Red Beans & Rice, Jambalaya, Po’ Boy Sandwiches, Crawfish Étouffée, Blackened Catfish and Beignets. Tapalaya offers a full bar, wine and beer. Signature cocktails include the Hurricane, the Chartreuse Swizzle and Sazerac.
Tapalaya is a contemporary New Orleans tapas restaurant located in Portland, Oregon’s NE 28th Restaurant Row. Inventive Cajun/Creole tapas prepared with locally-sourced ingredients from the Pacific Northwest are made from scratch with love. Born in New Orleans, and raised by her Vietnamese parents, Chef Anh Luu has introduced new menu items that are infused with the Southeast Asian flavors and ingredients from her culture, heritage and childhood. Portland’s first-and-only restaurant to serve New Orleans cuisine as small plates, Tapalaya offers contemporary Cajun/Creole tapas along with a Vietnamese-inspired special menu. Small plates are perfect for sharing and pairing in a fun and relaxed atmosphere with cheery, New Orleans décor, set to a funky beat. The restaurant offers live music every Tuesday and Thursday and Happy Hour every day. Owner Chantal Angot owned Tapalaya from its inception in November 2008 to March 2017, when she sold the restaurant to Anh Luu. A combination of the words tapas and Jambalaya, Tapalaya is located at 28 NE 28th Avenue in Portland. Dinner and Happy Hour are offered daily and Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays. For reservations or for more information, please call (503) 232-NOLA (6652) or visit www.tapalaya.com or www.opentable.com. Find Tapalaya on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Tapalaya and follow Tapalaya on Twitter @tapalaya and on Instagram @tapalayapdx.