23 Hoyt

I took Jason to dinner for his birthday last month, and when I asked where he would like to go, he wanted to try 23 Hoyt.

This New American Tavern is located in the Nob Hill neighborhood of Northwest Portland (on 23rd Avenue and Hoyt Street). 23 Hoyt is another in The Bruce Carey Restaurant Group along with a favorite of ours, clarklewis.

We began with cocktails:

for Jason, the No Bull – bourbon, cock ‘n bull ginger beer

while I enjoyed the Claudette – vodka, passionfruit & fresh lemon-lime

I’m not a bourbon fan, but Jason loved his, and the Claudette was great too – not too sweet.

Bread and salted butter with the amuse-bouche –

Celery Soup.

This was lovely. Rich and aromatic.

We each chose a small plate to share. My choice –

Iceberg Wedge – blue cheese crumbles, buttermilk dressing and bacon

The wedge is one of my favorite salads, and 23 Hoyt’s version did not disappoint. Crisp, fresh and flavorful.

Shells and Cheese – bacon, peas

Jason chose this one, it was madly decadent, I had a few bites. Quite tasty comfort food – creamy, cozy and perfectly heated.

My entree –

Pan-Roasted Sockeye Salmon – flageolets, charred cippolini onions, braised fennel

I loved this dish! The salmon was perfect, and tasted great with the buttery beans. The charred cippolinis and braised fennel were delicious.

Beer Braised Beef Cheeks – preserved lemon polenta, local asparagus, sweet cippolini onions

Jason loved this. The lemon polenta and asparagus? I could eat this classic and bright combination as is.

My choice for dessert probably won’t surprise anyone –

Beignets with caramel sauce. 

Always makes me happy.

The birthday boy’s choice was no surprise either –

a 15 year Laphroaig and the house-made ice cream

We stick with our favorites, I suppose! Another drink I do not like, but I love the smell (like campfire!).

We were impressed overall – the atmosphere was lively without being loud, the service attentive and friendly from knowledgeable servers. I have memorized the happy hour menu and have decided we need to return, and soon.


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  1. says

    your pictures are fantastic for a restaurant setting! Was it well lit? Or does your camera just do well in low- light situations? Either way the food looks absolutely mouth watering, wow!

    • spabettie says

      thank you, Katie!! I’m getting better at setting my camera for the restaurant – they still don’t always turn out but I’m getting better! I take it as a personal challenge each time we dine out 😉

  2. says

    Wow! All this looks amazing! What a good choice for his birthday dinner!

    Your drink you got sounds so refreshing, that is the BEST damn iceberg wedge salad I have ever seen, and the salmon, yummmmmmmm!

    Oh and of course, the dessert, yeah I would like a dozen of those please ; )

    • spabettie says

      YES – “the BEST damn iceberg wedge salad” indeed!! – and the dessert was pretty damn good too 😉

  3. says

    That meal looks amazing – the salmon over beans especially.

    I would love that dessert – it looks amazing.

    That looks like an amazing dinner out.

  4. says

    Claudette – vodka, passionfruit & fresh lemon-lime

    Beignets with caramel sauce.

    right there…those 2 things, i could die happy. PERFECTION!

    And thanks for your comment reply re the nunatuls baking blend, replace 1:1 like you would with sugar. That it has bulk/volume to it just like sugar does. As suspected but just was scared of putting in like 1 c of stevia if i need 1 c of sugar type thing! like i didnt want to create chemical soup :)

    • spabettie says

      HAA, chemical soup – no kidding! even still, I add half at first and taste the result before adding the rest. 😉

      the Claudette was SO good – I want to go back for happy hour and another Claudette!

  5. says

    I am totally bookmarking this on the off chance I will ever be in Portland again! That salmon looks out of this world….and I dont even like cooked salmon!

    • spabettie says

      so Kevin is now a land owner on the Isle of Islay? 😀 with each bottle purchased you get a square foot plot as an answer to an old land dispute. if you show up to see it, they give you a glass of scotch, rubber boots, an anchor and a map so you can walk out to your plot! :)

  6. says

    This looks amazing! We have family visiting from Texas next weekend and all they want to do is eat seafood, so maybe we’ll take them here!

    • spabettie says

      oops, I saw your question to me the other day about seafood restaurants – I didn’t answer right away (like I usually can!) because… I had to think? to me when I want seafood I go to places like this – or really several of the places on the “best” list I gave you a while ago – I don’t really like the “seafood restaurants” here besides Salty’s! I like Jakes for cocktails and happy hour, but honestly think they are kind of overrated – one of those places that a tourist feels like they need to go to? same with McCormick’s, although they have some decent food.

      but if I have out of town guests and “all they want to do is eat…” – I’d take them to my favorite places, rather than the “must see” – you know? :) there are plenty fantastic restaurants with seafood on the menu, any good restaurant is going to have awesome fresh fish, being where we are! can’t wait to see where you take your family!

      • says

        They love Jake’s so we usually go there. I’ve had good food at Jake’s and then last time I was there it was “just ok”. Kind of a disappointment.

        I have a few favorite restaurants I want to take them but then I look at the menu and the seafood options are limited. They are visiting from Texas so they do not want to eat steak or Mexican food (fair enough).

    • spabettie says

      we’ve been wanting to try this one for a while, the exec. chef used to be one I really love, but he has moved on to do his own thing. still a good time! :)

  7. says

    That salmon dish looks superb!! It’s fun to see the food, but as I’m scrolling, I imagine all the fun conversation and laughing that I know happens between you and Jason! <3

    I LOVE dining out with Billy. And a birthday celebration is always so special and festive. We are the couple who sit next to each other on the same side of the table. Can't help ourselves.

  8. says

    Hi Kristina, OMG….this dinner looks fantastic. I may have to steal the “Claudette” recipe for an upcoming “Cocktail Sunday”. Just catching up on your last posts…LOVE the little raccoon shots! But love the one of Basil in a sweater even more!!!! Have a great day!

    • spabettie says

      I hope you DO make the Claudette, Roz! :) it’s delicious! and Basil says thank you 😉 he kinda struts around when he has that sweater on…

    • spabettie says

      YES it’s a big wedge of iceberg!! I love it, but you have to like iceberg, I suppose! dressing gets poured over it and… mmm! 😀

    • spabettie says

      isn’t that salmon unreal?? like, it really looks unreal! 😉 I didn’t even edit the color. it tasted just as good, too.

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