Local Ocean, Oregon Coast seafood favorite, pops up in Portland this weekend

Local Ocean, Newport’s seafood restaurant and market, will bring some of its signature dishes to Portland this weekend.

Chef Enrique Sanchez-Rodriguez, who has been cooking at the bayside restaurant since it opened in 2005, will take over Flying Fish’s Chef Shack cart from 1 to 8 p.m. April 2-3. There, he’ll whip up local ocean favorites such as smoked black cod deviled eggs, teriyaki tuna skewers and moqueca de peixe, a creamy Brazilian seafood stew.

Local Ocean, which buys its seafood directly from local fishermen, was already well known beyond Newport but has made new inroads in Portland during the pandemic. In 2020, owner Laura Anderson launched DockBoxa meal kit program featuring fresh seafood and local ocean recipes with a weekly pickup option in Southeast Portland.

Flying Fish, a restaurant and market we compared to Local Ocean in our guide to Portland’s best new restaurants last year, launched its Chef Shack in the restaurant’s parking lot in January, hoping to highlight a different chef every month or so. Upcoming Chef Shack appearances include Eli Marroquin of Portland Pupusas y Taqueria on April 9; Mid-City Smash Burger’s Mike Aldridge on April 16 and Burger Stevens’ Don Salamone on May 14.

Details: Catch local Ocean Chef Enrique Sanchez-Rodriguez cooking some of Newport Restaurant’s signature dishes at the Flying Fish’s Chef Shack, 3004 E. Burnside St., from 1-8 p.m., April 2-3.

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—Michael Russell, [email protected] @tdmrussell

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