The popular Country Cat restaurant is one of Portland’s best restaurants. Here you will find delicious home cooking creations. Keep reading to see why this is one of my favorite restaurants in town.
The Country Cat Restaurant in Portland, Oregon
The Country Cat is home cooking at its best out in East Portland, near Clackamas. I had been hearing about The Country Cat for a while and finally planned a night out to try it myself. I have to agree it is one of the best Portland restaurants there is. Everything we had was great. A little on the spendy side, but great. As you can see if the first photo they have a large fully stocked bar. They’ve created their own signature cocktails like punches and Marionberry lemon drop martinis. I went with one of their punches. I think it was called Hill Billy Punch. It was on the sweeter side, according to our waitress. I didn’t think it was that sweet myself. Along with cocktails to get us started, we ordered some of their onion rings with their homemade ketchup. Unlike most restaurants that serve fat onion rings these were more like onion straws. They were awesome.
The Country Cat does have a kid’s menu and all the options were $5. Our son went with the fried chicken and mashed potatoes. I had a bite of his fried chicken and it was good.
I had no choice when ordering, because the special came with fried green tomatoes and I ALWAYS have to have fried green tomatoes. I just can’t help myself. Lucky for me they came with an awesome steak. My meal cost about $30 and it was incredible. One of the best I’ve had in Portland.
My husband got the braised beef, which he loved. It’s served in a lovely mushroom sauce and had loads of flavor.
Our friend John ordered the lamb and he reported it was outstanding despite the smaller portion. He’s kind of dainty, so it was plenty for him. His meal looked beautiful too. Last but not least we polished off our meal with a the upside down maple cake. The picture is a little deceiving, because this is a tiny dessert. We probably wouldn’t have ordered it if we had known how small it was going to be. With that said, this dessert was awesome. It reminded me a lot of the ooey gooey cake served at Paula Dean’s restaurant down in Savannah.
The Country Cat’s Morning Glory Pancakes
Recipe by Chefs Adam and Jackie Sappington
*Makes about 8 pancakes
2 cups Whole Wheat flour
1 cups All Purpose Flour
1/2 cup Brown sugar
1 TBS Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt
1 TBS Ground cinnamon
1 TBS Ground ginger
2 TBS Flax seeds
3 cups Buttermilk
1 tsp Vanilla paste
1 cups Grated carrot
1 cups Grated apple
3 oz. Unsalted butter
1/2 cup Water
Add dry ingredients together in a bowl (including flax seeds). Add wet and stir into batter. Stir in apple and carrot. Finish with butter. If batter seems thick, add water to thin out. Heat a griddle up to 350 degrees. Pour batter into 6-inch circles and cook on one side until the top side looks “dry.” Flip the pancake over and cook for 4 more minutes.