Corbett Fish House

5 Comments 09 April 2004

5901 SW Corbett Ave
Portland, Oregon 97239

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I first read about this place on the GFRAP site. A GF Fish & Chips place right in my home town of Portland, Oregon? Whooo Hooo! Recently, I was able to go and check it out. I was surprised to find it in my old neighborhood! They opened in 2002 after I had already transplanted myself in NYC. It’s a pretty cute place with pub style, including nautical décor and a great mural of their guest’s fishing photos.

Owners Greg and Dana gave us the lowdown on how their “Wisconsin tavern meets Northwest fishhouse” ended up GF. Wanting to replicate the Green Bay, WI fish fry taste, they discovered that rice flour batter was the ideal coating. Shortly after opening, a knowing patron told Greg and Dana how they might be on to something with the GF fish n’ chips thing. So they decided to go GF all the way (except for sandwich bread) and had someone come in to explain the evils of gluten, how not to cross-contaminate, and to make GF notations on their menu.

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My gluten eating family was just as happy as I was with the tastiness of the food. Corbett Fish House claims to be the only restaurant on the west coast to have Walleye (the largest fish in the Perch family) and Lake Perch (baby cousin of Walleye). We had a sampler plate of everything and my brother’s favorite was the Chile Fried Catfish and my favorite was the Willapa Bay oysters! For those of you who can tolerate dairy, the Wisconsin style deep fried cheese curds are supposedly amazing. I found out the tartar sauce and cocktail sauce do contain corn syrup, but they are working on corn-free versions for my visit in June! If you have a sweet tooth they always have three kinds of GF cheesecake and/or ice cream for dessert. I’ve gotta say that since Corbett Fish House arrived, Portland is one extra cool town!

*Special thanks to our waiters Keith and Mike who were so informative, friendly and funny!

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My brother ended up knowing one of the fisherman in these photos!
Bring in a photo of your fish catch and get a free glass of beer or wine … sometimes they have cider.

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    Lynn says:

    Hi! I just found your web site and I love it! My daughter Anna is five and was diagnosed at age 18 months with celiac. We love discovering new products, recipes and ideas! Thanks for your informative and fun site! (P.S. we live in the Midwest, so most of your fave restaurants do not apply, but it is nice to know that there are so many.)

    Lynn Nordstrom

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    Arlene Zivitz says:

    Thanks for this site! I was diagnosed in `76 . There was only one gluten free product. Some awful tasting bread , whose texture was , basically disgusting . So ,as you can imagine, I am in heaven now , with all of the GF products. I dont like to cook at all—baking , forget it ! Yes the GF diet has improved since 1976. ( ” back in the days , when there was no GF food

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    Kathleen says:

    This is so cool! I just moved to Portland – partly because I knew I’d be able to get healthier living here being GF and CF and you’re just what I was looking for. The funny part is that I moved from Wisconsin!! I’ll guarantee, there’s no GF fish fry to be found there. Going back for a visit tomorrow – can’t wait to tell them about your place. Thank you!!!!!

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    Seamaiden says:

    Hey! Guess where I’m visiting on our road trip this weekend! I’m ecstatic. 😀

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    Nancy Testerman says:

    OH MY GOODNESS! I found this place in my Gluten Free Restaurant book and decided to give it a try on a weekend trip to Portland. I CAN NOT SAY ENOUGH GOOD ABOUT THE FOOD, SERVICE AND FRIENDLY HELPFULL PEOPLE! OK nothing is perfect and first issue was having to pick between TOO MANY WONDERFUL CHOICES. FULL menu including starters (Bait) soups, salads, tacos, sandwichs, grilled items DESSERTS and of course too many amazing and uniquie choices for the fish and chips. The dressings and sauces were gluten free also. I had the Halibut first time around and literally did a happy dance with each and every bite! The fries and onion rings were amazing too. I choose two desserts, Marion Berry cupcake and Choc. Peanut Butter Loaf and took them back to the motel and enjoyed them thru the weekend. My two sisters (can eat what they want gluten or not LOL) really enjoyed their meals too and both commented that they did not ended up feeling ICKY from eating fried food even. It was so good in fact we went back before we left and ate again. We were given a sample of the crab soup and if I had not been flying I would have brought home a gallon of it! ALL GLUTEN FREE, ALL TOTALLY AMAZING! One sister chose a cod sandwich the second time around and it looked delicious! She said the roll was wonderful. They were driving and they DID take some soup home LOL. I can not say enough good about this place. I appreciate SO MUCH having these meals and the option of GLUTEN FREE FISH AND CHIPS that are unbelievably delicious. If you are in or around Portland you simply must eat here. If you are not, you need to go to Portland just so you CAN eat here LOL
    I WILL BE BACK! Thank you so much!

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