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 –
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.