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Foodies Favorite Finds: Seamus Foran, Acadia Bistro’s New Owner

Monday, May 18, 2015


Here's one of the many delicious dishes provided at Acadia. Photo Credit: Acadia (Image Cropped)

The New Orleans bistro, Acadia, is welcoming a new owner on August 1st. That owner is Seamus Foran, and he just so happens to be in the spotlight for this week’s “Foodies Favorite Finds.”

Seamus Foran is an Oregonian through and through (minus gauge earrings and sleeve tattoos). 

Born in Eugene, his family moved to Portland in 1989 where he was raised and still proudly calls home. After graduating from high school with no clear direction, Seamus stumbled quite randomly into the restaurant world. 

Young and penniless, he found employment washing dishes one day a week at local southwest Portland institution O’Connor’s.  The pace was fast and merciless.  From his crowded corner, behind stacks of dirty dishes, Seamus watched on with delight as the symphony unfolded. Orders were shouted, pots and pans clanged, seasoned line cooks whirled and chopped and tossed and fried.  Seamus had fallen in love.

Soon, one day a week became a full time dishwashing job. Shortly after, as is common in the industry, cooking positions opened up. Eager to step up to the plate, Seamus asked for an audition. Having looked on and studied for so many nights, he fell right in.

In 2007, after a long, successful run at O’Connors, Seamus sought out new challenges. Responding to an ad on Craigslist, he applied for a part time pantry position at Acadia Bistro and met with Chef Adam Higgs. The two connected and Seamus was hired on as a part-time pantry cook. Once again, keeping his eyes and ears open, Seamus watched on and learned the finer points of Cajun/Creole cuisine. Hard work, determination, and the desire to grow propelled Seamus through the ranks. Quickly learning some of the basic French techniques, Seamus soon found himself as Chef Higgs’ sous chef.  

After working side by side for several years, Chef Higgs now plans on selling the restaurant to his young apprentice.  Like so many times before, Seamus now finds himself facing new challenges as he steps up to the role as a Chef/Owner of Acadia Bistro.

Since Seamus is a lover of both food and Portland, you might be wondering what Seamus’ favorite foodie spot around town is. Below, Seamus shares some thoughts about his favorite “weird” spot in Portland. 

“One of my favorite spots in town is Escape from New York Pizza on NW 23rd. As a Portland native, I've been going here since the late eighties. This is classic New York style pizza. You know the story, you order it by the slice, fold the crust, and eat standing up (possibly hovering over a garbage can). The menu is as basic as they come, toppings are limited to the classics, but for my money, this is the BEST pizza in town. I've been coming here since I had to stand on my tippy toes to reach the sneeze guard, and not much has changed in that time. With all the new artisan pizza joints popping up these days, I'm glad that Escape has stuck to their guns. You won't find kale or clams, or hand made sausage, but it's just good old fashioned New York Pizza.”

Taste some of Seamus Foran’s creations at Acadia. 

Acadia Bistro, 1303 NE Fremont St. Monday - Saturday, 5pm - 10pm, and Wedsnessday from 11:30am - 2:30pm. Closed Sundays. 


Related Slideshow: Where to Dine Out in Portland’s 10 Hottest Restaurant Neighborhoods

Find the Best ranked Portland neighborhoods according to number of restaurants per capita. The top restaurant neighborhoods included the Lloyd district, Old Town, The Pearl and more - all of which have an abundance of hip, tasty places to dine. Here are GoLocalPDX's picks for where to dine out in Portland's 10 hottest restaurant neighborhoods. 

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Salty's, Sunderland

Number of restaurants per 10,000 residents in Sunderland: 99.4

Salty's sits on the waterfront of the Columbia River, and serves up delicious seafood and steak daily. 

3839 N.E. Marine Drive. 

Photo via saltys.com

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PAADEE, Kerns Neighborhood

Number of restaurants per 10,000 residents in Kerns: 101.2 

Paa dee, which means "to bring good things," serves up sophisticated thai dishes and craft cocktails daily. 

6 SE 28th Avenue. 

Photo via paadeepdx.com

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Nostrana, Buckman Neighborhood

Number of restaurants per 10,000 residents in Buckman: 121.6

Enjoy a slice of Italy at Nostrana - serving up fine wines, cocktails and Italian style lunch and dinner dishes every day. 

1401 SE Morrison Street. 

Photo via nostrana.com

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¿Por Que No?, Boise Neighborhood

Number of restaurants per 10,000 residents in Boise: 123.9

¿Por Que No? Taqueria strives for sustainability using locally harvested meat and recycled materials, while serving up delectable mexican flavors. 

3524 N Mississippi Avenue.

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Paley's Place, Northwest District

Number of restaurants per 10,000 residents in the Northwest District: 127.6

Paley's place - with only 50 seats - provides guests an intimate and sophisticated dining experience.  

1204 Northwest 21st Avenue. 

Photo via paleysplace.net

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Andina, The Pearl

Number of restaurants per 10,000 residents in the Pearl: 155.3

Visit Andina in the Pearl district for a unique, elegant taste of Peru. 

1314 Northwest Glisan Street. 

Photo via andinarestaurant.com

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Wilfs, Old Town Chinatown

Number of restaurants per 10,000 residents in the Pearl: 178.2 

The 1950's inspired restaurant and lounge, Wilfs, serves classic American style cuisine and often hosts live jazz musicians.

800 NW 6th Avenue.  

Photo via wilfsrestaurant.com

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Shandong, Hollywood District

Number of restaurants per 10,000 residents in the Hollywwod District: 219.6

This classic Chinese eatery features hand-pulled noodles in unique, authentic cuisine. 

3724 NE Broadway. 

Photo via shandongportland.com

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Departure, Downtown

Number of restaurants per 10,000 residents in Downtown: 227.3

Departure Restaurant and Lounge featuring head chef Gregory Gourdet, not only provides guests with one of the best views in Portland, but also serves up-scale asian-fusion cuisine. 

525 SW Morrison Street. 

Photo via departureportland.com

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Frank's Noodle House, Lloyd District

Number of restaurants per 10,000 residents in the Lloyd District: 499.1

Frank's serves up traditional Chinese eats in a refurbished house, and specializes in traditional hand-pulled noodles with meat or vegetables.

822 NE Broadway. 


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