Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Portland Happy Hour: Southpark Seafood Grill and Wine Bar

Posted by Kelly

One great result of having friends that live in a different area of downtown is that I go to happy hours in a different part of town. Even though I do this anyway, it offers extra motivation! Last night Katie B, Sofi, Greg, and I went to happy hour at Southpark Seafood Grill and Wine Bar on the corner of SW Salmon and 9th just a few blocks from Sofi and Katie's apartment.

We met at 5:30 after Katie got off work and had enough time to order what we wanted during the happy hour which ends at 6pm. Of course we started with wine. Sofi, Katie and I arrived at different times and each ordered a glass of Sangria (red, $4) off the happy hour menu. Realizing we all wanted the same thing we ordered a carafe of the sangria next ($10). The sangria was great, especially the apples that had been soaking it. Yum!

For food we ordered a 1/2 dozen oysters ($9) and calamari ($4) off the happy hour menu, and the Southpark Burger ($10.75) which came with white cheddar and pomme frites and the Brick Oven Pizza of the Day ($11). The pizza involved lots of delicious things...I remember potatoes, goat cheese, and bacon maybe?

Sorry, my cheeseburger pic won't rotate!

There were two types of oysters, three of each. I liked one type, but the other I was not a fan of, but oysters aren't really my thing anyway. I would recommend them if you're an oyster fan though! Greg ordered the calamari and seemed to enjoy it, he also had two glasses of the house white.

Off the wine bar menu there was a greater selection of delicious dishes, their regular menu also looked impressive but slightly expensive due to the fresh seafood and local ingredients. We loved the burger, but how can you go wrong really? Between the sangria, oysters, burger, and complimentary bread (olive, delish!) we were too full to finish our pizza so we had it boxed to go. Bad news though, none of us remembered to grab it!

The menu features the highlights of the season and the seafood is delivered daily. You are sure to find a wine to match your meal off of the 130-bottle wine list. The list features wines from Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, and Greece in addition to Pacific Northwest wines. Not a wine person? No worries, Southpark also offers local microbrews and premium liquor. The staff was pleasant, provided great service, and seemed very knowledgeable in regard to the menu and wine pairings.

Enjoy their happy hour daily from 3 to 6pm and their Wine Bar Menu every day after 3pm. If nothing else I think it's worth a stop for a glass of sangria!