Roe, the heretofore unheralded prix-fixe seafood restaurant on whatever they call that little road between Southeast Ivon and Caruthers Streets, has finally received some well-deserved recognition.
Yesterdayâs edition of The Portland Mercury named the unknown eatery âMost Underrated Fine Diningâ in Portland.
âIf you've never been to RoeâTrent Pierce's dilly of a seafood restaurant tucked in the back of Block & Tackleâstop reading and book a table right now. Seriously,â wrote Merc contributor MJ Skegg. âThough you wouldn't know it from the low profile he keeps, Pierce is one of the best chefs in town.â
If you were to attempt to take Skeggâs advice and make a reservation right now, it would be for, at the earliest, next Thursday, when you can get in at 5:15 pm. Want a seating for two at 6:30 pm? Wait until August 7, if youâre booking online.
Though Pierce is certainly âlow profileâânot the sort of guy you spot on television or at trendy benefit galasâserious critical acclaim had so-far eluded the restaurant. Thankfully, that now comes thanks to a Mercury freelancer.
Yes, Trent Pierce was nominated for best chef in the Northwest by the James Beard Foundation this year.
Yes, the New York Times dispatched a writer to Roe, who gave a stellar review.
Yes, GQ magazine named it among the best 25 new restaurants in America.
Yes, the Oregonian named chef Trent Pierce his 2013 innovator of the yearâan award that didnât exist in 2012 or 2014, which means it was probably invented just to recognize Pierce without pushing elderly Oregonian readers into a dim den full of weird raw fish.
Yes, Roe has 4.5 stars on Yelp.
Yes, weâve been mostly keeping it a secret ourselves, other than tipping our hand a bit by naming it our Restaurant of the Year in October 2013.
Finally, though, Pierceâs ship has come in.