Poppable and addictive, I love Hushpuppies. In an illogical, if they are anywhere near me, I must have them, kinda way. Hushpuppies are the perfect combination of salty and sweet. Add a peppery bite like Chef Paul Prudhomme would and hushpuppies get elevated to crave-worthy.
Reverend’s BBQ hushpuppies deliver all that, and a little Tasso ham in one bite. Add a craft beer on tap to the mix and what you have, is the perfect start, to a great Happy Hour.
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What’s shocking about Reverend’s BBQ Happy Hour is the food on offer, isn’t just snacks. It’s stick to your ribs, make a meal out of it kinda food.
A few ribs with a craft beer? Why not.
Watch the Timbers game, have another beer, absolutely! Better get a Carolina Clamshell to go with it.
The Happy Hour menu even includes a fried chicken sandwich as part of their “Sammich N’s Sesh” option. Sammich N’ Sesh you ask? A full sandwich and pint for $11. Yeah, this former New Yorker just fell off her bar stool too.
I mentioned the Hushpuppies right? $4.50 for 5 and yes they are calling my name right now.
Reverend’s BBQ is a Neighborhood Gem
As part of the Laurelhurst Market, Simpatica, Ate-O-Ate family, expectations were high for Reverend’s BBQ. On opening, they took a ribbing from the press. Criticized for not being “authentic BBQ” and brisket that didn’t make the cut.
Bringing up early press reviews with Reverend’s BBQ team is painful. Even now, three years later it’s clear as the pain on their face, these guys care. For them it was personal.
Here’s the thing. The Reverend’s BBQ team stuck with it, making improvements. Changing suppliers, cuts, and technique. In return, the local community of Sellwood stuck by them.
Now when Kitchen Manager Matt Currey slices and chops up the pork shoulder, the results look like this.
Yeah, you want that. Oh and the Brisket…
You want that too. So now, Matt’s face looks like this.
Because he’s proud to make you this.
Speaking of pride. One thing that should never be underestimated neighborhood pride.
Reverend’s BBQ Gives Back to It’s Sellwood Neighborhood
General Manager Nick Mancy, also with Reverend’s BBQ since day one, spoke with pride about his Sellwood neighbors. “I love the locals, they come in happy and are very friendly and welcoming.”
Reverend’s BBQ supports local teams, does Dine Outs giving 50% of proceeds to local PTA’s and supplies prizes for local auctions. The antique beer collection in the hall was even bought from a local who stopped by one day.
Sellwood has a legacy as Portland’s Antique Neighborhood and Reverend’s BBQ decor pays its respects. Right down to namesake Reverend John Sellwood with his honorary spot on the wall.
And the giant Fried Chicken and Kenny Rogers painting. Respect.
So let’s talk about Reverend’s BBQ fried chicken.
What Makes Reverend’s BBQ Fried Chicken So Good
Deep fried crispy with a touch of curry powder, it’s a juicy, heady, down-home classic. Reverend’s BBQ fried chicken is the original recipe from sister restaurant Simpatica. Food & Wine ranked it among the 18 Best Fried Chicken in America. Laurelwood market also featured it once a week but Reverend’s BBQ is the only place you can get it, every day.
The real secret? Matt Currey and team marinate the chicken overnight in buttermilk and salt. A simple concoction that guarantees juicy chicken. Rich, fatty and acidic nothing tenderize chicken better than buttermilk.
There is a reason Reverend’s BBQ is still going strong, three years after an initial burst of bad press. Hard work from a team who didn’t give up. Paying respect and becoming a part of the Sellwood neighborhood and damn good friend chicken.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I still need to get my hands on a Smoked Pork Shoulder with Chopped Slaw Sammich.
This week, ALOR will be rolling out a series of articles featuring The Best of Portland, Sellwood. Our focus, local Portland businesses, owners and their team. Tomorrow, we’re headed to Ancestry Brewery! Cheers
- Take a look inside Old Portland Hardware & Architectural
- Purposeful Ownership with Old Portland’s Owner Bret Hodgert
- Find Out Why ALOR is Featuring Local Portland Businesses
Special thanks to Jason Owens for allowing ALOR to interview and photograph the Reverend's BBQ team for our Best of Portland, Sellwood series. Thanks to Nick and Matt for giving us so much of their time and being a big part of what makes Sellwood one of the great neighborhoods of Portland.