Moda Center Food Review: Po’shine’s Cafe De La Soul


If you go to Po’shines, roll with the Blackened Catfish Salad

The Portland Trail Blazers staff has put in a lot of effort in revamping their food experience at the Moda Center. And, in a new tradition, we want to highlight the best, and worst of those efforts here at Blazer Banter.

Welcome to the first edition of the Blazer Banter Moda Center Food Review, curated by me. The preseason is time for us to get work in and come up with at least the start of a comprehensive food ranking that hopefully you can use when you go to the Moda.

Po’shines Cafe De La Soul

100 level, Moda Center concourse

Alley-oop: Blackened catfish caesar salad

Midrange J: Catfish basket

The Blackened catfish caesar remains the best thing at the Moda Center’s Po’Shines location and it doesn’t really seem to be close. A huge fillet of catfish on a liberally dressed salad is a good look if you want something flavorful but don’t really care about your calorie count, like pretty much everything at the Moda.

With the extra lemon, it’s a very solid move for dinner and one of the more interesting items the arena has to offer going back to last season. As stated in the caption, if you’re going to Po’shines, go with this.

As far as things that weren’t so impressive at Po’shines, the Catfish basket was dry and underwhelming.


Even a liberal dousing of hot sauce didn’t help moisten this dish up.

The portion of fish was healthy and tasted good on the inside of the corn-meal breading. But the breading is where things went downhill, especially when not given anything to break it up such as a tartar-like dipping sauce or even a wedge of lemon. If you’re going to go out on a limb and get the basket, make sure you get something to help balance the overall dryness of the dish.

This was our first of many food reviews in the Moda Center this year. The quest to knock off the still number one Killer Burger remains a tall task, but I will do my best, for you and for me, to find it this season.


1. Killer Burger

TBD. Everybody else

Erik Gundersen

Erik Gundersen

Erik Gundersen is the Trail Blazers beat reporter for The Columbian. He's a graduate of the Allen School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon in addition earning a degree in Spanish. He's covered the NBA for four seasons. You can also occasionally find his work on's NBA section for their TrueCities series. He also fist-bumped with Kanye West once. Follow @BlazerBanter on twitter for more Blazers and NBA news.

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