Reverend's BBQ: Great Southern Cooking in SE Portland

While Portland has a multitude of dining destinations, Southern food has never been the city’s forte, with only a few decent restaurants around town. Luckily, Reverend’s BBQ, which opened just last spring, is looking to fill some of those gaps.

Nestled in Sellwood, not far from the popular Jade Teahouse and next to a Cena, the well-praised Italian joint, Reverend’s is serving up some of the best BBQ and Southern food in the city. Opened by the team behind Laurelhurst Market, Simpatica Catering, and Ate-Oh-Ate Hawaiian, Reverend’s strives to serve “the finest barbecue and fried chicken in the area”, and it has, by and large, been accomplishing that.

Start with an order of the amazing Deviled Eggs, topped with brisket-ends and Piccalilli (an English version of Indian pickles), or a plate of Hushpuppies with Tasso and house-made Remoulade for an appetizer. The Deviled Eggs may convert even the most reluctant of eaters.

For entrées, diners have a choice between a plate–which comes with two sides of your choice and some white bread toast–or a sandwich, served with one side. The Fried Chicken is amazing, with juicy and tender meat inside beautifully crispy skin, as is the Brisket, which is perfectly smoked, but it’s the Pork Shoulder that steals the show. While it’s tempting to slather the meat with the assortment of BBQs sauces provided, the Pork Shoulder absolutely does not require it, as it’s already perfectly seasoned and smoked.

Similarly, it’s the Polenta that demands to be ordered off the sides menu. Creamy, salty, topped with creamed corn, and, of course, Tasso, it’s the best Polenta in Portland. The Greens and The Slaw are also a good choice for sides, and ones that at least pretend at being healthy.

If Reverend’s has a downside, it’s the cocktails. The Sazerac is the classic southern cocktail, made with Rye whiskey, Absinthe, simple syrup, and Peychaud’s Bitter, and Reverend’s version leaves much to be desired; it’s understandable, as Sazeracs are tricky to get right, but it’s disappointing at a Southern spot. The “draft cocktails” are similarly underwhelming, though the Ryan’s Vesper, based on James Bond’s Martini, is quite good, and uses local products Aria Gin and Imbue Petal & Thorn Vermouth as well as Monopolowa Vodka. Still, it’s better to stick with one of their many quality beers on tap or in the bottle.

Happy Hour is daily from 3 to 6 PM and offers, among other items, a sandwich and a Session Lager for $10–a great way to try their Fried Chicken Sandwich.

Reverend's BBQ, 7712 SE 13th Ave.; 503-327-8755

Photos by Alex Frane


Tags: Beer, Cocktails, Food
Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Check Out These Bars with Great Live Music in Portland

Check Out These Bars with Great Live Music in Portland

Portland isn't just known for our great beer and bar scene; it's also a hotspot for music, from local to touring band....read more ›

by Alexander Frane Apr 12, 2017
Drinking Wine is the Best Mental Exercise, According to Science

Drinking Wine is the Best Mental Exercise, According to Science

Can drinking wine actually be beneficial to your health? A professor of neuroscience at Yale may have found an answer....read more ›

by Alexander Frane Apr 12, 2017
SPONSORED
This Summer, You Can Drink Your Rose Out Of a Forty

This Summer, You Can Drink Your Rose Out Of a Forty

A company called Forty Ounce Wines is now selling this warm-weather wine in forties, giving drinkers a whole new way to drink 'rose all day.'...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Apr 10, 2017
Follow in Anthony Bourdain's Footsteps with 'Explore Parts Unknown'

Follow in Anthony Bourdain's Footsteps with 'Explore Parts Unknown'

Ever feel inspired by celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain's world travels? Wish you could trace his steps and go o...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Apr 10, 2017
Happy Hour Neighborhood Roundup: Montavilla

Happy Hour Neighborhood Roundup: Montavilla

Tucked away between the eastern slope of Mt. Tabor and busy 82nd Ave is the area commonly referred to as Montavilla. The neighborhood itself technical...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Apr 4, 2017
Join Andina for a Weeklong Fundraiser for Peruvian Flood Victims

Join Andina for a Weeklong Fundraiser for Peruvian Flood Victims

Andina, Portland's celebrated modern Peruvian restaurant, is donating 5% of its sales for the week of March 27 through April 2nd to disaster relief ef...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Mar 31, 2017
Buffalo Trace is Now Aging Bourbon in 300 Year Old Barrels

Buffalo Trace is Now Aging Bourbon in 300 Year Old Barrels

Oak barrels are an essential part of what makes bourbon bourbon. For one, there's a legal requirement that bourbon be aged in newly charred oak contai...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Mar 31, 2017
Southern Tier Releases Girl Scout Cookie Flavored Beer

Southern Tier Releases Girl Scout Cookie Flavored Beer

New York based brewery Southern Tier has announced their latest spring release - 'Thick Mint,' an imperial stout brewed with chocolate and mint. ...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Mar 28, 2017
Where to Find the Best Coffee Cocktails in Portland

Where to Find the Best Coffee Cocktails in Portland

Portland is a haven for both excellent coffee and creative cocktails; here's where to find the best of both worlds in PDX....read more ›

by Alexander Frane Mar 28, 2017
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close