The Country Cat Dinner House & Bar

★★★★☆
This friendly neighborhood diner serves up American comfort-food favorites.
  • 7937 SE Stark St

    Portland, OR 97215

    Cross street: SE 79th Avenue

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  • 503-408-1414

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Disappointment. The service was slow and unfriendly. The prices were high. The food, dry and flavorless. For being in a group of 6, I got the pleasure of being charged 20% gratuity for all this fine service. They claim this is the new

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★★★★★

Disappointment. The service was slow and unfriendly. The prices were high. The food, dry and flavorless. For being in a group of 6, I got the pleasure of being charged 20% gratuity for all this fine service. They claim this is the new

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Four of us had dinner there last night ( Oct 14,2011) and the general feeling was while the staff was fine and the ambiance OK the price / entree ratio left a bit to be desired. Two of us ordered the cast iron skillet fried chicken, one

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★★★★★

Four of us had dinner there last night ( Oct 14,2011) and the general feeling was while the staff was fine and the ambiance OK the price / entree ratio left a bit to be desired. Two of us ordered the cast iron skillet fried chicken, one

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We sat at the bar, ordered the fries, they looked cool, but were super greasy. Had the salad with egg, I could take it or leave it. As a non-meat eater, I was hard pressed to find much else to order. I wanted to leave at that point, just wasn't interested in trying anything else on the menu, especially after my martini wasn't even cold or dirty.

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★☆☆☆☆

We sat at the bar, ordered the fries, they looked cool, but were super greasy. Had the salad with egg, I could take it or leave it. As a non-meat eater, I was hard pressed to find much else to order. I wanted to leave at that point, just wasn't interested in trying anything else on the menu, especially after my martini wasn't even cold or dirty.

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good food for southern fare! and right on the new and cool Stark Street. I've only eaten here once be it was great!

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★★★☆☆

good food for southern fare! and right on the new and cool Stark Street. I've only eaten here once be it was great!

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best tomato soup and grilled cheese ever. took my outta town friends here for a good pdx fix and this place was just what i was looking for. kind staff and decor the menu was so good didn't know what to pick . the grape sorbet was a nice ending to the meal too.

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★★★★★

best tomato soup and grilled cheese ever. took my outta town friends here for a good pdx fix and this place was just what i was looking for. kind staff and decor the menu was so good didn't know what to pick . the grape sorbet was a nice ending to the meal too.

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My family took me out for my birthday to the Country Cat last night. We had good service from the servers to be sure. The menu looked interesting and my son chose the chicken, I chose the pork, and my wife the lamb. I have to say that we were not impressed with any of the dishes. The chicken was the worst.... almost not edible because of the hard, dry, fried coating. The pork and lamb looked good and the sauce was a good mix, but the amount of fat in each was way too much and by the time we sorted the fat from the meat, there was not much left to eat. I was really expecting a superb dinner from Cats but was underwhelmed.

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★☆☆☆☆

My family took me out for my birthday to the Country Cat last night. We had good service from the servers to be sure. The menu looked interesting and my son chose the chicken, I chose the pork, and my wife the lamb. I have to say that we were not impressed with any of the dishes. The chicken was the worst.... almost not edible because of the hard, dry, fried coating. The pork and lamb looked good and the sauce was a good mix, but the amount of fat in each was way too much and by the time we sorted the fat from the meat, there was not much left to eat. I was really expecting a superb dinner from Cats but was underwhelmed.

Pros: service

Cons: Main courses (lamb, pork, chicken)

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Truly disappointed in our main courses. The chicken was dry, overcooked with a heavy tastless hush puppy breading, the Rib Eye was the worst cut I've ever seen served. We could tell from our neighbors plates that food is delivered generously so we skipped apps and wish we hadn't because those might've been good. The food menu sounds delicious and the drink menu is original and our choices were good. The greens shined while everything else just missed the mark. When the box for leftovers showed up I had to tell our excellent server it wasn't necessary...just didn't want to take any of it with me. Had such high hopes for this unique menu, but the cooks have to love the food too and they just don't seem to. Don't think we'll be back, but those greens may force me to give them another try.

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★★☆☆☆

Truly disappointed in our main courses. The chicken was dry, overcooked with a heavy tastless hush puppy breading, the Rib Eye was the worst cut I've ever seen served. We could tell from our neighbors plates that food is delivered generously so we skipped apps and wish we hadn't because those might've been good. The food menu sounds delicious and the drink menu is original and our choices were good. The greens shined while everything else just missed the mark. When the box for leftovers showed up I had to tell our excellent server it wasn't necessary...just didn't want to take any of it with me. Had such high hopes for this unique menu, but the cooks have to love the food too and they just don't seem to. Don't think we'll be back, but those greens may force me to give them another try.

Pros: Tasty Greens, Decor, Service

Cons: The Rest

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I have been a fan since this restaurant opened. The food is soooooooooooooooooooooo consistently good! The emphasis is quality food with attentive service. I have to admit being irritated with reviews who say they aren't "seated quickly", and then grade a restaurant down. Everything may not be to your PERSONAL taste, but remains creative, sustainable and achingly GOOD! Take your server's recommendation... they know the menu and will insure a quality experience! Make sure you come BACK for brunch... OMG!

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★★★★★

I have been a fan since this restaurant opened. The food is soooooooooooooooooooooo consistently good! The emphasis is quality food with attentive service. I have to admit being irritated with reviews who say they aren't "seated quickly", and then grade a restaurant down. Everything may not be to your PERSONAL taste, but remains creative, sustainable and achingly GOOD! Take your server's recommendation... they know the menu and will insure a quality experience! Make sure you come BACK for brunch... OMG!

Pros: Fabulous Service!

Cons: No Lunch!

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Food was good but too pricey for the neighborhood. Seemed like I could get myself some Ice and a Lady of the night two blocks down!

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★☆☆☆☆

Food was good but too pricey for the neighborhood. Seemed like I could get myself some Ice and a Lady of the night two blocks down!

Pros: Meat eaters

Cons: Location

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We went as a large group. I had read the reviews prior to going, so felt I was prepared for any "issues" that might have come my way re: tough meat, curt service or over rated food. I didn't find any of those things.

The food was delicious - well balanced, NOT too complex or fussy, and very carefully prepared to bring out the best features of each item. Well worth the prices.

Our group tries everyone else's entrees, and usually orderes several shared aps too, so I had a taste of a wide variety of items. The only item I didn't care for was the salad greens - don't know if they were just unusually bitter, or if they were designed to be so - either way, the dressing seemed to enhance the bitterness, so I gave it to my sister, and she ate every bite. Maybe just me.

I had duck and it was excellent - a larege portion, so I shared. It was crispy on the outside, pan seered I think after roasting, and purrrrfect on the inside. Desserts were tasty too - cherry cheesecake was outstanding with dense not-too-sweet preserved black cherries.

Reports of fried chicken, burger, salmon were all positive as well. Ravioli - if you like truffles you'll love it: paper thin pasta, generous truffle flavor inside and a hearty slice of truffle on top of each rav.

Atmosphere - eh. Nothing spectacular - forgettable, actually. They could work on that a little to boost status from a neighborhood spot to a destination dining experience.

Service was attentive eye-candy. tattoos galore and fun jewelry. Nothing intimidating or "too cool for school" as far as I could see.

All in all, I will most likely go back.

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★★★★☆

We went as a large group. I had read the reviews prior to going, so felt I was prepared for any "issues" that might have come my way re: tough meat, curt service or over rated food. I didn't find any of those things.

The food was delicious - well balanced, NOT too complex or fussy, and very carefully prepared to bring out the best features of each item. Well worth the prices.

Our group tries everyone else's entrees, and usually orderes several shared aps too, so I had a taste of a wide variety of items. The only item I didn't care for was the salad greens - don't know if they were just unusually bitter, or if they were designed to be so - either way, the dressing seemed to enhance the bitterness, so I gave it to my sister, and she ate every bite. Maybe just me.

I had duck and it was excellent - a larege portion, so I shared. It was crispy on the outside, pan seered I think after roasting, and purrrrfect on the inside. Desserts were tasty too - cherry cheesecake was outstanding with dense not-too-sweet preserved black cherries.

Reports of fried chicken, burger, salmon were all positive as well. Ravioli - if you like truffles you'll love it: paper thin pasta, generous truffle flavor inside and a hearty slice of truffle on top of each rav.

Atmosphere - eh. Nothing spectacular - forgettable, actually. They could work on that a little to boost status from a neighborhood spot to a destination dining experience.

Service was attentive eye-candy. tattoos galore and fun jewelry. Nothing intimidating or "too cool for school" as far as I could see.

All in all, I will most likely go back.

Pros: mussels, duck, mashers, biscuits, o-rings

Cons: atmosphere - forgettable

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I went to Country Cat a few weeks ago for brunch for the first time. I loved the interior - contemporary diner setting with a cool color scheme of orange and grey with beautiful wood. It kind of reminded me of the doug fir a bit inside. The menu was simple, with a clear point of view. Adam Sappington, the head chef, was running around with his overalls on - adorable! I opted for the WT - biscuits, sausage gravy and a fried egg on top...mmm. It was delicious!! The gravy was chunky goodness but was not heavy and didn't leave me feeling like I was about the heave over from a heart attack. My partner had the eggs benedict which were good, but I preferred my WT (White Trash?!)

Anyways, I LOVED this place. Good people, great food and warm setting. Definitely one of the best brunches in town!

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★★★★★

I went to Country Cat a few weeks ago for brunch for the first time. I loved the interior - contemporary diner setting with a cool color scheme of orange and grey with beautiful wood. It kind of reminded me of the doug fir a bit inside. The menu was simple, with a clear point of view. Adam Sappington, the head chef, was running around with his overalls on - adorable! I opted for the WT - biscuits, sausage gravy and a fried egg on top...mmm. It was delicious!! The gravy was chunky goodness but was not heavy and didn't leave me feeling like I was about the heave over from a heart attack. My partner had the eggs benedict which were good, but I preferred my WT (White Trash?!)

Anyways, I LOVED this place. Good people, great food and warm setting. Definitely one of the best brunches in town!

Pros: biscuits and gravy

Cons: What are the drawbacks?

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Perhaps I chose poorly from the menu, or perhaps I'm just picky. Either way our dinner at Country Cat last night didn't leave me planning to go back.
Our group goes out monthly to a new restaurant to try it, have been doing this for 7 years now, and this was my first visit to Country Cat. It's worth noting the service was good (not great mind you, but good), very friendly, mostly prompt and attentive. A very minor nit, and one many "open floor plan" restaurants face, the kitchen aromas fill the restaurant; last night when we walked in we were met with a wall of "smell" (I say smell not fragrance or essence because it was an overwhelming 'fishy' odor that initially put me off due to it's strength).
After settling in this is where the real disappointment begins. Our table ordered an assortment of salads, starters and meals along with mixed drinks, beer and wine. Everything showed up in a timely manner and together (+points). First penalty, many (maybe all) the mixed drinks were iced (now i know times are tight, but this does two bad things - 1, it reduces the drink to about 20% of it's volume, and 2, it waters down the flavors almost instantly) - lesson learned, stick w/ beer or wine here. On the appetizer, this is purely a personal taste thing, but I ordered the mushroom ravioli - wow, really NOT good. It's hard to describe it, but the texture was a bit like what i imagine that slimy stuff is on jellyfish on the beach, and the taste... well, it had layers of taste... which just went from bad to worse. Maybe that was an off night for the ravioli, maybe it's just not my palatte... hmm.
Now the main course, for which I had high hopes, I ordered the "whole hog". On a side note, my wife ordered the braised beef and absolutely loved it. Two others in our group ordered the chicken, and had a similar reaction. My meal though - well here are the good points, it came on time... the pork chop was two bites worth, about twice the size of my wristwatch face, the pulled pork portion, average, but the worst was the piece of pork belly - tough and tiny. Oh, and all in all for two of us, our dinner bill topped $100.
So will I be heading back to Country Cat, maybe, sometime in the future, when I don't have anywhere else to go, and I want an $8 beer, sure, but I think that will be a LOOOOOOOOONG time from now. Sorry Adam, I think you have some house cleaning to do here.

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★★★☆☆

Perhaps I chose poorly from the menu, or perhaps I'm just picky. Either way our dinner at Country Cat last night didn't leave me planning to go back.
Our group goes out monthly to a new restaurant to try it, have been doing this for 7 years now, and this was my first visit to Country Cat. It's worth noting the service was good (not great mind you, but good), very friendly, mostly prompt and attentive. A very minor nit, and one many "open floor plan" restaurants face, the kitchen aromas fill the restaurant; last night when we walked in we were met with a wall of "smell" (I say smell not fragrance or essence because it was an overwhelming 'fishy' odor that initially put me off due to it's strength).
After settling in this is where the real disappointment begins. Our table ordered an assortment of salads, starters and meals along with mixed drinks, beer and wine. Everything showed up in a timely manner and together (+points). First penalty, many (maybe all) the mixed drinks were iced (now i know times are tight, but this does two bad things - 1, it reduces the drink to about 20% of it's volume, and 2, it waters down the flavors almost instantly) - lesson learned, stick w/ beer or wine here. On the appetizer, this is purely a personal taste thing, but I ordered the mushroom ravioli - wow, really NOT good. It's hard to describe it, but the texture was a bit like what i imagine that slimy stuff is on jellyfish on the beach, and the taste... well, it had layers of taste... which just went from bad to worse. Maybe that was an off night for the ravioli, maybe it's just not my palatte... hmm.
Now the main course, for which I had high hopes, I ordered the "whole hog". On a side note, my wife ordered the braised beef and absolutely loved it. Two others in our group ordered the chicken, and had a similar reaction. My meal though - well here are the good points, it came on time... the pork chop was two bites worth, about twice the size of my wristwatch face, the pulled pork portion, average, but the worst was the piece of pork belly - tough and tiny. Oh, and all in all for two of us, our dinner bill topped $100.
So will I be heading back to Country Cat, maybe, sometime in the future, when I don't have anywhere else to go, and I want an $8 beer, sure, but I think that will be a LOOOOOOOOONG time from now. Sorry Adam, I think you have some house cleaning to do here.

Pros: Service

Cons: Overwhelming food smells, middle of the road tastes

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I took my family to the Country Cat for brunch. The food and friendly service at the country kitchen was fantastic. I had eggs benedict with smoked steelhead instead of ham and I loved it. My husband said that the Chicken was not southern fried chicken but the taste was just as good with the twist of Maple syrup. We will definitely go back. The only con was that the hostess seemed a bit slow. I was with my elderly father and there are no chairs to sit in while you wait. I saw a table open for about five minutes before she came back to the front to seat us. But I wouldn't let one employee ruin the experience or my review overall.

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★★★★★

I took my family to the Country Cat for brunch. The food and friendly service at the country kitchen was fantastic. I had eggs benedict with smoked steelhead instead of ham and I loved it. My husband said that the Chicken was not southern fried chicken but the taste was just as good with the twist of Maple syrup. We will definitely go back. The only con was that the hostess seemed a bit slow. I was with my elderly father and there are no chairs to sit in while you wait. I saw a table open for about five minutes before she came back to the front to seat us. But I wouldn't let one employee ruin the experience or my review overall.

Pros: excellent chicken and bloody mary's

Cons: a bit slow being seated

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My boyfriend and I are new to the Montavilla neighborhood, so we were pleasantly surprised to discover the Country Cat on a walk. I am so impressed by the quality and creativity of the food! The fried chicken is amazing, crispy and tender. We have only experienced brunch thus far but I can't wait to go back for dinner. It's a really warm and inviting atmosphere and the staff are all very charming and hip. I very much appreciate that the owner decided to open in our neighborhood when I'm sure he/she could have had enormous success somewhere downtown. (Very lucky for us!)

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★★★★★

My boyfriend and I are new to the Montavilla neighborhood, so we were pleasantly surprised to discover the Country Cat on a walk. I am so impressed by the quality and creativity of the food! The fried chicken is amazing, crispy and tender. We have only experienced brunch thus far but I can't wait to go back for dinner. It's a really warm and inviting atmosphere and the staff are all very charming and hip. I very much appreciate that the owner decided to open in our neighborhood when I'm sure he/she could have had enormous success somewhere downtown. (Very lucky for us!)

Pros: Creative and delicious take on classic meals.

Cons: None yet.

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A friend and I celebrated both of our birthdays with a dinner at the Country Cat. Both of us were happy with our meals and appetizers. Portions were good size, so we didn't have room for dessert. I have already recommended this place to other friends.

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★★★★★

A friend and I celebrated both of our birthdays with a dinner at the Country Cat. Both of us were happy with our meals and appetizers. Portions were good size, so we didn't have room for dessert. I have already recommended this place to other friends.

Pros: Nice service, good size portions (value for your money)

Cons: A little hard to find parking and dark side streets.

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Great food, comfortable space, friendly service. They will fill you up in a great way. I will be back for more soon.

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★★★★★

Great food, comfortable space, friendly service. They will fill you up in a great way. I will be back for more soon.

Pros: open 7 days, great room, hog plate

Cons: nothing, worth the trip

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Try the delicious corn muffins, it comes with honey and butter and will melt in your mouth. The kitchen is open so you can see them cooking, I really like that.

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★★★★☆

Try the delicious corn muffins, it comes with honey and butter and will melt in your mouth. The kitchen is open so you can see them cooking, I really like that.

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We decided to try Country Cat on the recommendation of friends. Our son has some food allergies that are not easy to work with and although they got it wrong on the first try, they bent over backwards to make it work for him. They were gracious and sweet, and the owner came over personally to make sure everything was ok. The food was very good, and I especially liked that the delicious corn muffin came with honey and butter already mixed together. Extra points for the very tasty espresso drink.

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★★★★☆

We decided to try Country Cat on the recommendation of friends. Our son has some food allergies that are not easy to work with and although they got it wrong on the first try, they bent over backwards to make it work for him. They were gracious and sweet, and the owner came over personally to make sure everything was ok. The food was very good, and I especially liked that the delicious corn muffin came with honey and butter already mixed together. Extra points for the very tasty espresso drink.

Pros: No wait at 9am, very clean, changing table in the bathroom.

Cons: Slightly more expensive than other similar restaurants (worth it to us though.)

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I went to the Counrty Cat with a small group for our "office christmas party" and was very impressed. The atmosphere is great- kind of retro and hip- and very laid-back. Our waitress (I can't remember her name) was very nice. She really took care of us, offering advice on what to order, which plates were good for sharing, etc. She checked on us often and we never had to wait for refills or anything like that. The food was great!! comfort food at its best. The fried chicken is a must, the onion rings were divine!! I was worried when I read reviews saying that it was very loud, but although it was loud, I didn't really notice and had no problem carrying on a conversation (and the place was full most of the time we were there, so I can't imagine it gets much louder than that). The prices were much better than I was expecting, especially since the food was so good and in pretty large portions. We spent around $90 for the three of us (before tip) for starters, dinner, dessert, and drinks. (we didn't have cocktails- so that would have driven the price up a bit). Not bad for I night out.

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★★★★★

I went to the Counrty Cat with a small group for our "office christmas party" and was very impressed. The atmosphere is great- kind of retro and hip- and very laid-back. Our waitress (I can't remember her name) was very nice. She really took care of us, offering advice on what to order, which plates were good for sharing, etc. She checked on us often and we never had to wait for refills or anything like that. The food was great!! comfort food at its best. The fried chicken is a must, the onion rings were divine!! I was worried when I read reviews saying that it was very loud, but although it was loud, I didn't really notice and had no problem carrying on a conversation (and the place was full most of the time we were there, so I can't imagine it gets much louder than that). The prices were much better than I was expecting, especially since the food was so good and in pretty large portions. We spent around $90 for the three of us (before tip) for starters, dinner, dessert, and drinks. (we didn't have cocktails- so that would have driven the price up a bit). Not bad for I night out.

Pros: great food, cool atmosphere, friendly service

Cons: a little out of the way

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My husband and I went there for my birthday. We had planned to go to Portland City Grill, but the review for it only highlited the view, and being French the food for me is more important than some city view ( that I can see from OHSU anyway). Driving by these restaurant to go to work, we decided to give it a try and we were very pleased. My hubby is very difficult for his food and wanted to order the hmaburger; but in the last effort he ordered the Hog plate that he completely finished. We ordered for appetizer the potato duppling that were delicious for such a simple dish. We also had dessert: the Pudding trio: wonderful. The service was excellent, and our waitress was very helpful. I like the fact that it has an open kitchen and you can see them cooking. I'm sure that if this place was located near downtown in a more hip neighborhood they will charge more; but thanksfully their prices are low compare to the quality and the creativity of the platte of meals that they served; kudos to the chef and his wife for giving us such a great restaurant in this area of town. And by the way, we tried the Chehalem "cerise" gamay and merlot mix wine: so much flavor.

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★★★★★

My husband and I went there for my birthday. We had planned to go to Portland City Grill, but the review for it only highlited the view, and being French the food for me is more important than some city view ( that I can see from OHSU anyway). Driving by these restaurant to go to work, we decided to give it a try and we were very pleased. My hubby is very difficult for his food and wanted to order the hmaburger; but in the last effort he ordered the Hog plate that he completely finished. We ordered for appetizer the potato duppling that were delicious for such a simple dish. We also had dessert: the Pudding trio: wonderful. The service was excellent, and our waitress was very helpful. I like the fact that it has an open kitchen and you can see them cooking. I'm sure that if this place was located near downtown in a more hip neighborhood they will charge more; but thanksfully their prices are low compare to the quality and the creativity of the platte of meals that they served; kudos to the chef and his wife for giving us such a great restaurant in this area of town. And by the way, we tried the Chehalem "cerise" gamay and merlot mix wine: so much flavor.

Pros: on the East side and nearby theater

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The first time we ate at The Country Cat (last July) it was delightful. I loved the range of flavors and the skillful execution of my meal. I took my kids there last night and it was quite a different experience. There was still a nice variety of items on the menu and as a vegetarian I really appreciate that there is more than one choice for me among all the meat.

My autumn crostada had a lovely filling but the crust was tough and overcooked. Its burned taste overpowered the delicate filling of sweet winter vegetables. I know that such crusts aren't the easiest thing to execute skillfully but honestly I would have been embarrassed to serve something so poorly executed. My sons' burgers were tiny and were served adorned with slimy brown lettuce much past its prime. And the autumnal salad I ordered, while quite tasty, was wildly overpriced given that it consisted of a few grapes, one quartered fig, a tiny slice of toasted baguette, three leaves, and a smear of a very tasty cheese. Quite good but at $11Ifelt I'd been had.

I understand that times are tough and that restaurants are suffering which is exactly why I chose to splurge and take my family out for a good meal. But I felt that corners were cut and my experience was nothing like my delightful first visit.

One additional comment: I left with a headache because The Country Cat is so loud. It's nearly impossible to carry on a conversation.

If you have tons of money and lots of free time to go out regularly, then do visit The Country Cat often. You have good odds of having a pleasant experience at least some of the time. But if you're watching your money and restaurant meals are a splurge, I'd suggest looking for a restaurant with better odds of providing a satisfying experience.

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★★★☆☆

The first time we ate at The Country Cat (last July) it was delightful. I loved the range of flavors and the skillful execution of my meal. I took my kids there last night and it was quite a different experience. There was still a nice variety of items on the menu and as a vegetarian I really appreciate that there is more than one choice for me among all the meat.

My autumn crostada had a lovely filling but the crust was tough and overcooked. Its burned taste overpowered the delicate filling of sweet winter vegetables. I know that such crusts aren't the easiest thing to execute skillfully but honestly I would have been embarrassed to serve something so poorly executed. My sons' burgers were tiny and were served adorned with slimy brown lettuce much past its prime. And the autumnal salad I ordered, while quite tasty, was wildly overpriced given that it consisted of a few grapes, one quartered fig, a tiny slice of toasted baguette, three leaves, and a smear of a very tasty cheese. Quite good but at $11Ifelt I'd been had.

I understand that times are tough and that restaurants are suffering which is exactly why I chose to splurge and take my family out for a good meal. But I felt that corners were cut and my experience was nothing like my delightful first visit.

One additional comment: I left with a headache because The Country Cat is so loud. It's nearly impossible to carry on a conversation.

If you have tons of money and lots of free time to go out regularly, then do visit The Country Cat often. You have good odds of having a pleasant experience at least some of the time. But if you're watching your money and restaurant meals are a splurge, I'd suggest looking for a restaurant with better odds of providing a satisfying experience.

Pros: varied menu, good intentions, pleasant servers

Cons: inattention to detail

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Fantastic place to bring your kids...food is perfectly cooked and moderately priced. The owners are unbelievably warm and gracious. It's far from our house but SO worth the drive! Keep up the good work.

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★★★★★

Fantastic place to bring your kids...food is perfectly cooked and moderately priced. The owners are unbelievably warm and gracious. It's far from our house but SO worth the drive! Keep up the good work.

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Restaurants with open kitchens are a welcome trend in my book. Country Cat delivers on good food expertly prepared in front of you (if you're sitting at the bar). Sort of a live Hell's Kitchen, but without the yelling and crying. Staff is friendly, too. It's a bit out of the way for me but worth driving to.

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★★★★★

Restaurants with open kitchens are a welcome trend in my book. Country Cat delivers on good food expertly prepared in front of you (if you're sitting at the bar). Sort of a live Hell's Kitchen, but without the yelling and crying. Staff is friendly, too. It's a bit out of the way for me but worth driving to.

Pros: Great food, friendly staff

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Went here with a few of my friends and I had the heritage burger and apple pandowdy. I was pretty impressed with their menu as they have comfort foods and other things that you wouldn't normally find on other menus. Definitely going to be back their. And I suggest to try out the apple pandowdy! I'm a fan and I would suggest it to anyone who is looking for something not too expensive, but good tasting food.

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★★★★☆

Went here with a few of my friends and I had the heritage burger and apple pandowdy. I was pretty impressed with their menu as they have comfort foods and other things that you wouldn't normally find on other menus. Definitely going to be back their. And I suggest to try out the apple pandowdy! I'm a fan and I would suggest it to anyone who is looking for something not too expensive, but good tasting food.

Pros: food,service

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What is there not to like about The Country Cat! I discovered this amazing place wandering the street with friends one night. Upon entering, the ambiance soothed my soul. The music was great, the staff beautiful and did I mention the food? The lamb meat ball is to die for, the jerky is made by the owner himself and the ever changing ravioli appetizer is always a a mouth watering anticipation. Three words ?fresh, local, real?. I?m not kidding folks. If ever a place to indulge your pallet it is here. I have introduced this treasure to many of kin who equally proclaim this place a dreamy rejuvenation of American cuisine. If you need a night off to be spoiled and embraced, make this your destination.

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★★★★★

What is there not to like about The Country Cat! I discovered this amazing place wandering the street with friends one night. Upon entering, the ambiance soothed my soul. The music was great, the staff beautiful and did I mention the food? The lamb meat ball is to die for, the jerky is made by the owner himself and the ever changing ravioli appetizer is always a a mouth watering anticipation. Three words ?fresh, local, real?. I?m not kidding folks. If ever a place to indulge your pallet it is here. I have introduced this treasure to many of kin who equally proclaim this place a dreamy rejuvenation of American cuisine. If you need a night off to be spoiled and embraced, make this your destination.

Pros: Kind people and amazing food

Cons: Eventualy you have to go home

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In the currently saturated Portland restaurant scene there are those rare gems that stand out as Sequoian Redwoods among a sea of mediocre bushes and scrub. The Country Cat is such a towering refuge where eagles can land to savor a succulent meal. Not claiming to be an Eagle myself, I still managed to spy this little slice of heaven while on my many travels. I was in the neighborhood, hungry, and the scent of down home fried chicken drew me in.

Do you know how tedious and difficult it is to actually make proper fried chicken? There are crusty old veterans of southern soul cooking that will only attempt it for family reunions or to quell the begging of spoiled grandchildren... "Oh Graaaamma, puhlease!?". I've been told the preparation alone takes days. Proper fried chicken is the stuff of legend and the craft is slowly dying. Or so I thought.

I sat at the kitchen counter and watched Chef Adam Sappington, dressed in coveralls, at work with his crew. The scent that beckoned me in was still dancing up and out of a batch of chicken he was preparing. Unbelievable! Made to order?! I felt like a spoiled grandchild just watching and when asked if I was ready to order I could barely get the words out.

While waiting and watching I sampled some local brews and took in the bustling, social atmosphere. This is not a destination for librarians. The talk is exciting, the people are real, the tinkling of silverware and sizzling meats punctuates the energy. As a stranger, I felt welcome.

I started with a wedge of butter lettuce. What a surprise with green goddess dressing. I had only heard of this stuff and who would of thought to serve it on butter lettuce. Amazing! Next up, the signature fried chicken. Even as I type this I'm having to swallow saliva to keep from drooling. This was THE most incredible fried chicken experience I have ever had. I will be returning to try everything on their menu, regardless of the travel expense.

Thank you Adam and team.

2
★★★★★

In the currently saturated Portland restaurant scene there are those rare gems that stand out as Sequoian Redwoods among a sea of mediocre bushes and scrub. The Country Cat is such a towering refuge where eagles can land to savor a succulent meal. Not claiming to be an Eagle myself, I still managed to spy this little slice of heaven while on my many travels. I was in the neighborhood, hungry, and the scent of down home fried chicken drew me in.

Do you know how tedious and difficult it is to actually make proper fried chicken? There are crusty old veterans of southern soul cooking that will only attempt it for family reunions or to quell the begging of spoiled grandchildren... "Oh Graaaamma, puhlease!?". I've been told the preparation alone takes days. Proper fried chicken is the stuff of legend and the craft is slowly dying. Or so I thought.

I sat at the kitchen counter and watched Chef Adam Sappington, dressed in coveralls, at work with his crew. The scent that beckoned me in was still dancing up and out of a batch of chicken he was preparing. Unbelievable! Made to order?! I felt like a spoiled grandchild just watching and when asked if I was ready to order I could barely get the words out.

While waiting and watching I sampled some local brews and took in the bustling, social atmosphere. This is not a destination for librarians. The talk is exciting, the people are real, the tinkling of silverware and sizzling meats punctuates the energy. As a stranger, I felt welcome.

I started with a wedge of butter lettuce. What a surprise with green goddess dressing. I had only heard of this stuff and who would of thought to serve it on butter lettuce. Amazing! Next up, the signature fried chicken. Even as I type this I'm having to swallow saliva to keep from drooling. This was THE most incredible fried chicken experience I have ever had. I will be returning to try everything on their menu, regardless of the travel expense.

Thank you Adam and team.

Pros: The food, the energy, the service, the food, great beers, the food

Cons: It's not in my home town

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I know that pork is their specialty, but I can't imagine that it could be as good as the smoked duck or the arctic char (a fish similar to salmon and trout) that we ordered. The duck was served with apricots - an incredible combination. The char was served with fava beans, fennel, cucumber, and orange. It was one of the best fish dishes I have ever had. We will have to go back to try one of their signature pork dishes.

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★★★★★

I know that pork is their specialty, but I can't imagine that it could be as good as the smoked duck or the arctic char (a fish similar to salmon and trout) that we ordered. The duck was served with apricots - an incredible combination. The char was served with fava beans, fennel, cucumber, and orange. It was one of the best fish dishes I have ever had. We will have to go back to try one of their signature pork dishes.

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One of my favorite things to do in Portland is to get a counter seat at The Country Cat and watch them do what they do very well on a busy night. Everyone?s very friendly on both sides of the counter. Adam and his team prepare delicious fare, and I generally always find myself in a great conversation with some of the patrons.

I think the burger (with cheese they melt in a pan and then pour on top) is amazing, and coupled with a gigantic moundful of amazing onion strings, it?s one of the best values in Portland.

The fried chicken they?re now serving has been improved. Now it?s served with a sweeter honey based sauce rather than the bitter Tabasco variety before. Plus, it?s boneless now. Delicious.

Everything else there has been fantastic. Try the jerky?take some home. The butter-laden mashed potatoes will not be something you should discuss with your cardiologist, but it?s worth the slow death. That?s the idea here.

The desserts are always great, too. Out of the way, but worth the drive.

2
★★★★★

One of my favorite things to do in Portland is to get a counter seat at The Country Cat and watch them do what they do very well on a busy night. Everyone?s very friendly on both sides of the counter. Adam and his team prepare delicious fare, and I generally always find myself in a great conversation with some of the patrons.

I think the burger (with cheese they melt in a pan and then pour on top) is amazing, and coupled with a gigantic moundful of amazing onion strings, it?s one of the best values in Portland.

The fried chicken they?re now serving has been improved. Now it?s served with a sweeter honey based sauce rather than the bitter Tabasco variety before. Plus, it?s boneless now. Delicious.

Everything else there has been fantastic. Try the jerky?take some home. The butter-laden mashed potatoes will not be something you should discuss with your cardiologist, but it?s worth the slow death. That?s the idea here.

The desserts are always great, too. Out of the way, but worth the drive.

Pros: Fried Chicken, Watching from the counter is a treat

Cons: Location (wish it closer-more of a factor with $4.00 gas)

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In reading some of the recent comments about my all-time favorite restaurant, THE COUNTRY CAT, it is very hard for me to relate to their criticisms. I travel half-way across the country just to eat there and have never had one bad meal or server. The wine recommendations are always perfect, the food consistently perfectly cooked, served and presented and the staff, the obviously happy but very dedicated, hard-working staff, has always put me and my companions at ease and we leave feeling totally happy. The portions are reasonably sized, not overwhelming like some restaurants. The food choices are expertly chosen and prepared and the menu changes only slightly which I like. I like to return to a restaurant for a particular dish that I think about after I've eaten it, and pleasantly, I can do that at The Country Cat, desserts included! Food costs being what they are with our crazy economy right now, The Country Cat is offering a very reasonably priced menu. We send people from all over the country to the restaurant and have never had one disappointed or critical friend yet! I just can't say enough good about this 1- year-old restaurant that is such a happy fun place to go to. With everyone who works there being such a dedicated employee, if you do have a concern, you would only need to voice that concern and it would be taken care of. The relaxed family-oriented yet classy atmosphere and reasonable prices need to be re-emphasized and appreciated for what they are. The Country Cat is the best!! The best ever fried chicken and rhubarb cobbler in the whole USA! I'm looking forward to my next visit in the fall. It's obvious to me these kids know what they are doing!! Keep up the great work.

2
★★★★★

In reading some of the recent comments about my all-time favorite restaurant, THE COUNTRY CAT, it is very hard for me to relate to their criticisms. I travel half-way across the country just to eat there and have never had one bad meal or server. The wine recommendations are always perfect, the food consistently perfectly cooked, served and presented and the staff, the obviously happy but very dedicated, hard-working staff, has always put me and my companions at ease and we leave feeling totally happy. The portions are reasonably sized, not overwhelming like some restaurants. The food choices are expertly chosen and prepared and the menu changes only slightly which I like. I like to return to a restaurant for a particular dish that I think about after I've eaten it, and pleasantly, I can do that at The Country Cat, desserts included! Food costs being what they are with our crazy economy right now, The Country Cat is offering a very reasonably priced menu. We send people from all over the country to the restaurant and have never had one disappointed or critical friend yet! I just can't say enough good about this 1- year-old restaurant that is such a happy fun place to go to. With everyone who works there being such a dedicated employee, if you do have a concern, you would only need to voice that concern and it would be taken care of. The relaxed family-oriented yet classy atmosphere and reasonable prices need to be re-emphasized and appreciated for what they are. The Country Cat is the best!! The best ever fried chicken and rhubarb cobbler in the whole USA! I'm looking forward to my next visit in the fall. It's obvious to me these kids know what they are doing!! Keep up the great work.

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Having enjoyed numerous enjoyable meals at the Country Cat, my wife and I have recommended it highly to friends and relatives and have received glowing reviews from each and every one of them. The quality and vitality of the servers complement the expertise and high quality of the kitchen ... southern fried chicken... collard greens... midwest smoked duck... old time hamburger with melt in your mouth onion rings.. rhubarb cobbler like Grandma used to make. All of these rave reviews from Arkansas, Missouri, Georgia, California, New York City and Connecticut convince us that The Country Cat is really on to something big. We can't wait to return...

2
★★★★☆

Having enjoyed numerous enjoyable meals at the Country Cat, my wife and I have recommended it highly to friends and relatives and have received glowing reviews from each and every one of them. The quality and vitality of the servers complement the expertise and high quality of the kitchen ... southern fried chicken... collard greens... midwest smoked duck... old time hamburger with melt in your mouth onion rings.. rhubarb cobbler like Grandma used to make. All of these rave reviews from Arkansas, Missouri, Georgia, California, New York City and Connecticut convince us that The Country Cat is really on to something big. We can't wait to return...

Pros: Ambience, Service, Portions and Prices

Cons: Parking

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We recently went to the Country Cat Restaurant and "were blown away" by the warm atmosphere and truly fabulous food. From LA we did not know what to expect, but found this cute place near the airport and decided to give it a try. The variety was such a pleasant surprise, the staff was warm and professional. We were in Portland for a week on business and were so impressed with the quality of food, that we ate there twice. The duck and port are to die for and the appetisers are a steal and unique. It was great to see a place that catered to families and had really great food that kids would also enjoy. The service was spot -on, not only during the week, but on the busy weekend. They seem to have a well-oiled machine working for them in not only preparation but service. We plan to go back there every time we are in Portland, as there are more desserts we plan to try. Can't recommend it highly enough....it's a real find, no complaints.

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★★★★★

We recently went to the Country Cat Restaurant and "were blown away" by the warm atmosphere and truly fabulous food. From LA we did not know what to expect, but found this cute place near the airport and decided to give it a try. The variety was such a pleasant surprise, the staff was warm and professional. We were in Portland for a week on business and were so impressed with the quality of food, that we ate there twice. The duck and port are to die for and the appetisers are a steal and unique. It was great to see a place that catered to families and had really great food that kids would also enjoy. The service was spot -on, not only during the week, but on the busy weekend. They seem to have a well-oiled machine working for them in not only preparation but service. We plan to go back there every time we are in Portland, as there are more desserts we plan to try. Can't recommend it highly enough....it's a real find, no complaints.

Pros: Definitely a thumbs up. Great food, service, variety, and atmosphere.

Cons: Absolutely no complaints

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We also saw the Sunset article and drove down the next day to enjoy the Sunday brunch. I loved the decor but also felt really cold inside and we weren't seated by the windows. One of my pet peeves is when you order scrambled eggs and they don't come back fluffy. My eggs were presented in a solid piece like at McDonald's. One wet slab of eggs. The potatoes were cold and heavily coated in herbs. Our breakfast was also on the expensive side, about $40 for two. I don't mind paying for a good breakfast but I really felt kinda taken. I was hoping for a better experience with the food as the interior is very cute and the staff was very friendly.

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★★☆☆☆

We also saw the Sunset article and drove down the next day to enjoy the Sunday brunch. I loved the decor but also felt really cold inside and we weren't seated by the windows. One of my pet peeves is when you order scrambled eggs and they don't come back fluffy. My eggs were presented in a solid piece like at McDonald's. One wet slab of eggs. The potatoes were cold and heavily coated in herbs. Our breakfast was also on the expensive side, about $40 for two. I don't mind paying for a good breakfast but I really felt kinda taken. I was hoping for a better experience with the food as the interior is very cute and the staff was very friendly.

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Limited Brunch Menu, Expensive for Quality of Food

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I took my son and husband to Country Cat after seeing a write up in Sunset Magazine. The restaurant looked great from the outside but on a rainy Portland day, we found the inside cold and dark [I saw the thermostat - 66? degrees AND sitting next to large windows]. We ordered an appetizer and a kids plate to get started - both were great, although a bit overpriced for the portion size [$9 app. w/ 3 pieces] and my son's chicken was way too hot to give a 16month old right away. We noticed the same small sized dinner portions and my husband's "special" seemed like yesterday's leftovers reheated. My fried chicken platter was tasty though maybe a bit on the greasy side. The real let down was when the bill came - 2 meals, 1 app, 1 $5 kids meal and 2 beers = $72 bucks! YIKES! Sorry - too rich for me - won't be back.

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★☆☆☆☆

I took my son and husband to Country Cat after seeing a write up in Sunset Magazine. The restaurant looked great from the outside but on a rainy Portland day, we found the inside cold and dark [I saw the thermostat - 66? degrees AND sitting next to large windows]. We ordered an appetizer and a kids plate to get started - both were great, although a bit overpriced for the portion size [$9 app. w/ 3 pieces] and my son's chicken was way too hot to give a 16month old right away. We noticed the same small sized dinner portions and my husband's "special" seemed like yesterday's leftovers reheated. My fried chicken platter was tasty though maybe a bit on the greasy side. The real let down was when the bill came - 2 meals, 1 app, 1 $5 kids meal and 2 beers = $72 bucks! YIKES! Sorry - too rich for me - won't be back.

Pros: cool exterior, big windows

Cons: cold on chilly day, small portions/too expensive, not good for kids

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My family and I were in the Country Cat the other night and just loved it. The food was great. The service unpretentious and we were so comfortable. We have been there a number of times and for brunch and have always left satisfied. The chef comes out and has talked to us and always checks to make sure we are satisfied and happy. It's great that it's walking distance from our house.

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★★★★★

My family and I were in the Country Cat the other night and just loved it. The food was great. The service unpretentious and we were so comfortable. We have been there a number of times and for brunch and have always left satisfied. The chef comes out and has talked to us and always checks to make sure we are satisfied and happy. It's great that it's walking distance from our house.

Pros: really great food

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I?ve eaten at the Country Cat several times, knowing I would probably be disappointed again. I usually only give a place 2 chances if they don?t deliver the first time but it?s walking distance from my home and I like supporting neighborhood joints. The salads are usually good and the onion rings are really good. If I could just resist ordering, and overpaying for, an overly sauced overly complicated entree while ignoring the really uncomfortable seats (the noise and the overcrowded atmosphere are a product of the neighborhood and I don?t think the staff could do much about that).
However my first meal @ the Cat was the duck, the server described it as ?not at all dry or strongly Smokey? (it was too Smokey and very dry) Next visit my dinner guest was served an over cooked and dry burger when he had ordered medium rare, my last meal there was with a world traveled foodie not averse to dropping real money for real food (see his quote below)
I?ll admit to being a fussy food snob, but I have taken several people there and the consensus was ?close but not quite worth it? & ?I think I just paid $24 for a $16 meal? The C-Cat folks are relying WAY too much on being cool and groovy (I care more about choices, food quality and prep than the cooks outfit or the servers tattoos) I am by no means nervous but I definitely didn?t feel comfortable complaining? there is a kind of This is the way it goes and I dare you to suggest this isn?t as good as we say it is attitude there.
I really hope they get some simpler food on the menu and some cushions on the seats and stop pushing ?cooler than you? instead of service and consistent food.. the way it was ordered, because the location is great, they seem to have passion about food and I?d like to be a regular!
Mel

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★★☆☆☆

I?ve eaten at the Country Cat several times, knowing I would probably be disappointed again. I usually only give a place 2 chances if they don?t deliver the first time but it?s walking distance from my home and I like supporting neighborhood joints. The salads are usually good and the onion rings are really good. If I could just resist ordering, and overpaying for, an overly sauced overly complicated entree while ignoring the really uncomfortable seats (the noise and the overcrowded atmosphere are a product of the neighborhood and I don?t think the staff could do much about that).
However my first meal @ the Cat was the duck, the server described it as ?not at all dry or strongly Smokey? (it was too Smokey and very dry) Next visit my dinner guest was served an over cooked and dry burger when he had ordered medium rare, my last meal there was with a world traveled foodie not averse to dropping real money for real food (see his quote below)
I?ll admit to being a fussy food snob, but I have taken several people there and the consensus was ?close but not quite worth it? & ?I think I just paid $24 for a $16 meal? The C-Cat folks are relying WAY too much on being cool and groovy (I care more about choices, food quality and prep than the cooks outfit or the servers tattoos) I am by no means nervous but I definitely didn?t feel comfortable complaining? there is a kind of This is the way it goes and I dare you to suggest this isn?t as good as we say it is attitude there.
I really hope they get some simpler food on the menu and some cushions on the seats and stop pushing ?cooler than you? instead of service and consistent food.. the way it was ordered, because the location is great, they seem to have passion about food and I?d like to be a regular!
Mel

Pros: location and potential

Cons: too intense too much sauce

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Yeah! Finally a nice, funky place to hang out in this neighborhood. We've had brunch and numerous cocktails at the Cat. The staff is always friendly. We were having a hard time coming up with a shot that we wanted to do the last time we went in....one of the gals suggested a : Woo Woo! So good! I love that families are there....seems that people act put out when children are out to eat with their parents. Obviously if a child is acting up...the parent needs to deal with that but, the overall 'noise' that a reviewer referred to...it makes an establishment feel welcoming and alive. If you want to eat in silence....go home. If your food isn't the way you like....send it back. Quit bickering and do something about it!!!!! I have always had good service and good food. Love the Cat!

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★★★★★

Yeah! Finally a nice, funky place to hang out in this neighborhood. We've had brunch and numerous cocktails at the Cat. The staff is always friendly. We were having a hard time coming up with a shot that we wanted to do the last time we went in....one of the gals suggested a : Woo Woo! So good! I love that families are there....seems that people act put out when children are out to eat with their parents. Obviously if a child is acting up...the parent needs to deal with that but, the overall 'noise' that a reviewer referred to...it makes an establishment feel welcoming and alive. If you want to eat in silence....go home. If your food isn't the way you like....send it back. Quit bickering and do something about it!!!!! I have always had good service and good food. Love the Cat!

Pros: Over all feel

Cons: Need a happy hour!

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We had Sunday Brunch yesterday (2/24). The food was really delicious. However, the restaurant was really noisy. What is worse is that an audio speaker was mounted on the wall above our table, and the music consisted of this terribly irritating, incessant bass drumming. My entire family found the music, in combination with the noise, to be torture. We asked a waitress nicely if she would not mind turning down the music. With the first request, no response. 2nd request, five minutes later: music turned down for about five minutes, then after that, it went right back up to where it was. 3rd request: basically they said they don't care what we say, the music is going to be played at this level. Conclusion: food gets an A, customer service gets an F. They don't get the customer service part.

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★★★☆☆

We had Sunday Brunch yesterday (2/24). The food was really delicious. However, the restaurant was really noisy. What is worse is that an audio speaker was mounted on the wall above our table, and the music consisted of this terribly irritating, incessant bass drumming. My entire family found the music, in combination with the noise, to be torture. We asked a waitress nicely if she would not mind turning down the music. With the first request, no response. 2nd request, five minutes later: music turned down for about five minutes, then after that, it went right back up to where it was. 3rd request: basically they said they don't care what we say, the music is going to be played at this level. Conclusion: food gets an A, customer service gets an F. They don't get the customer service part.

Pros: Food is very good

Cons: If the music is too loud and a customer complains, they need to listen

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The first time four of us had dinner at The Country Cat, we thought the food was fresh, well-prepared, original, and very good. However, when two of us returned a second time, on a Friday evening, the restaurant was literally filled with families with young children, so it was noisier and a much less peaceful and relaxing atmosphere than during our first visit. Both of us ordered the hamburber---one medium rare, and the other medium. Both arrived grey all the way through--medium well to well done. When the waitress came by, she offered to have mine (medium rare) sent back and redone, but I declined, because I thought it was a one time glitch. My first bite yielded a large chunk of gristle that I could not chew------then a second, and third,--my final. I was disgusted, and my friend had encountered two large chunks of gristle by this time, too. The hostess came by and asked how our dinner was. I told her I felt she shoud inform the chef that someone sold them some bad hamburger, and she replied with: "We buy a whole cow and grind it ourselves," with no other comment. I was stunned. I then remarked again on the pieces on my plate that I could not even chew, because they were so hard and tough, and she simply replied "It does tend to be that way." I did not eat my hamburger, the waiter returned to clear our plates, and bring the check---seemngly unaware that there was a problem. My initial comments were offered as constructive criticism, but the hostess' response was unfathomable! She made no effort to inform the waiter or the chef of our concerns. In fact, we still joke and say "It does tend to be that way" when we think of our evening at The Country Cat. I support sustainability and buying local. After reviewing others' positive comments, it is obvioulsy a good idea to go "whole hog" but "whole cow" is not for me! In spite of the fact that our first meal was terrific, the second one was a disaster, and I won't return.

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★★☆☆☆

The first time four of us had dinner at The Country Cat, we thought the food was fresh, well-prepared, original, and very good. However, when two of us returned a second time, on a Friday evening, the restaurant was literally filled with families with young children, so it was noisier and a much less peaceful and relaxing atmosphere than during our first visit. Both of us ordered the hamburber---one medium rare, and the other medium. Both arrived grey all the way through--medium well to well done. When the waitress came by, she offered to have mine (medium rare) sent back and redone, but I declined, because I thought it was a one time glitch. My first bite yielded a large chunk of gristle that I could not chew------then a second, and third,--my final. I was disgusted, and my friend had encountered two large chunks of gristle by this time, too. The hostess came by and asked how our dinner was. I told her I felt she shoud inform the chef that someone sold them some bad hamburger, and she replied with: "We buy a whole cow and grind it ourselves," with no other comment. I was stunned. I then remarked again on the pieces on my plate that I could not even chew, because they were so hard and tough, and she simply replied "It does tend to be that way." I did not eat my hamburger, the waiter returned to clear our plates, and bring the check---seemngly unaware that there was a problem. My initial comments were offered as constructive criticism, but the hostess' response was unfathomable! She made no effort to inform the waiter or the chef of our concerns. In fact, we still joke and say "It does tend to be that way" when we think of our evening at The Country Cat. I support sustainability and buying local. After reviewing others' positive comments, it is obvioulsy a good idea to go "whole hog" but "whole cow" is not for me! In spite of the fact that our first meal was terrific, the second one was a disaster, and I won't return.

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We just came back from eating dinner there and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We were a party of 6 without a reservation on a Saturday night, so we split up with 3 sitting at the bar and 3 at the food bar, in front of the open kitchen. I was sitting at the food bar with my 2 kids, ages 6 and 4. It is the best spot to sit with kids. They are just captivated by all the activity. I had the special of filet and shrimp (scampi style). It was cooked perfectly and tasted wonderful. Everything was atop grits and greens. I don't normally like grits, but they were fabulous! The kids split a cheeseburger and loved it. I tried my husband's fried chicken and I can't wait to return to order it for myself. Dessert was yummy too. My son had the butterscotch pudding and loved it!

We live close to Hillsboro, so it's a bit of a hike for us to go there for dinner, but we'll definitely return. It's that good!

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★★★★★

We just came back from eating dinner there and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We were a party of 6 without a reservation on a Saturday night, so we split up with 3 sitting at the bar and 3 at the food bar, in front of the open kitchen. I was sitting at the food bar with my 2 kids, ages 6 and 4. It is the best spot to sit with kids. They are just captivated by all the activity. I had the special of filet and shrimp (scampi style). It was cooked perfectly and tasted wonderful. Everything was atop grits and greens. I don't normally like grits, but they were fabulous! The kids split a cheeseburger and loved it. I tried my husband's fried chicken and I can't wait to return to order it for myself. Dessert was yummy too. My son had the butterscotch pudding and loved it!

We live close to Hillsboro, so it's a bit of a hike for us to go there for dinner, but we'll definitely return. It's that good!

Pros: Great food!!

Cons: Wish it was closer to Hillsboro!!

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I love to eat here.
You have to try this place, everything is made from scratch, even the ketchup.
Best Ever : grits, mashed taters, pork belly, deviled egg, and more....
Oshkosh B'Gosh!

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★★★★★

I love to eat here.
You have to try this place, everything is made from scratch, even the ketchup.
Best Ever : grits, mashed taters, pork belly, deviled egg, and more....
Oshkosh B'Gosh!

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I ordered the duck, kale and potatoes dish and it was fine, a little skimpy on the duck and the potatoes were huge chunks, making up for the lack of duck on the plate.
less potatoes, more duck, less vinegar and it would be fine. The espresso was stumptown, not bad.
Will go back to try different things there

2
★★★★☆

I ordered the duck, kale and potatoes dish and it was fine, a little skimpy on the duck and the potatoes were huge chunks, making up for the lack of duck on the plate.
less potatoes, more duck, less vinegar and it would be fine. The espresso was stumptown, not bad.
Will go back to try different things there

Pros: Cute ambiance, new brunch spot

Cons: Not enough dishes without eggs

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When we showed up (about 8:00pm on a friday) it was pretty busy and the hostess said it would be an approximate wait of 30 minutes. We went up to the bar and had a couple drinks. About 15 minutes later were seated. We had the Carlton Farms Whole Hog and the Grilled Strawberry Mountain Beef, both were excellent. For dessert we had the Butterscoth Pudding (with chocolate chip cookies) and Jonagold Apple Pandowdy (with honey vanilla ice cream), which were also very good. Atmosphere was great, service excellent, and the staff made you feel right at home! We wil return.

2
★★★★★

When we showed up (about 8:00pm on a friday) it was pretty busy and the hostess said it would be an approximate wait of 30 minutes. We went up to the bar and had a couple drinks. About 15 minutes later were seated. We had the Carlton Farms Whole Hog and the Grilled Strawberry Mountain Beef, both were excellent. For dessert we had the Butterscoth Pudding (with chocolate chip cookies) and Jonagold Apple Pandowdy (with honey vanilla ice cream), which were also very good. Atmosphere was great, service excellent, and the staff made you feel right at home! We wil return.

Pros: Good Food, No Pay Parking, Good Service

Cons: Small restaurant, not a lot of seating

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My husband and I went to The Country Cat for the first time on Saturday night. We were afraid we wouldn't be able to get a table because we hadn't made reservations but we were seated promptly in a nice booth. The service was absolutely excellent. The server was there when we needed him and gone when we didn't. We both enjoyed a Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale on draught and the onion rings as an opener. The onion rings were thin sliced, crispy and just the right saltiness. For the main course he had the braised beef and I had the whole hog. We were both impressed by the amount of time and effort that clearly went into making our entrees. The meat had been slow cooked and was fall apart tender. The sauces were complex and delicious. It was so good we couldn't help forcing bites on each other just to prove how sumptuous the food was. The accompanying starches (grits and mashed potatoes) were so delicious they could have stood on their own. For dessert I had the butterscotch pudding and my husband had the chocolate cake. The cake came with hazelnut brittle which was a nice surprise. The pudding was creamy and rich and delicious. It was served with two little house made cookies and whipped cream. We were both smiling non-stop because the food was so wonderful and the environment was so inviting. We have found a wonderful new restaurant that we will return to again and again.

2
★★★★★

My husband and I went to The Country Cat for the first time on Saturday night. We were afraid we wouldn't be able to get a table because we hadn't made reservations but we were seated promptly in a nice booth. The service was absolutely excellent. The server was there when we needed him and gone when we didn't. We both enjoyed a Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale on draught and the onion rings as an opener. The onion rings were thin sliced, crispy and just the right saltiness. For the main course he had the braised beef and I had the whole hog. We were both impressed by the amount of time and effort that clearly went into making our entrees. The meat had been slow cooked and was fall apart tender. The sauces were complex and delicious. It was so good we couldn't help forcing bites on each other just to prove how sumptuous the food was. The accompanying starches (grits and mashed potatoes) were so delicious they could have stood on their own. For dessert I had the butterscotch pudding and my husband had the chocolate cake. The cake came with hazelnut brittle which was a nice surprise. The pudding was creamy and rich and delicious. It was served with two little house made cookies and whipped cream. We were both smiling non-stop because the food was so wonderful and the environment was so inviting. We have found a wonderful new restaurant that we will return to again and again.

Pros: Local, high quality ingredients perfectly prepared. Professional service.

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We finally made it to the Country Cat and what an experience! It's a lovely, warm room and the staff was knowledgeable and friendly. The onion rings were exceptional and easy to share among the four of us. Everything on the menu sounded amazing and made it hard to decide but we were all happy with our choices once our food came.Two of us went for the fried chicken with braised greens, (outstanding!), while one of us had the bacon wrapped trout, (moist and delicious with delicato squash rings and chanterelle mushrooms), and one of us had the braised beef with sour cream mashed potatoes and chanterelle mushrooms, (fork tender and the epitome of comfort food). The portions were generous and made lunch the next day a treat too. We sampled the chocolate puddle cake and butterscotch pudding and house baked cookies for dessert. All very, very good and satisfying. Adam Sappington came out from the kitchen and welcomed and thanked several diners including our party. He was as warm and straight forward as his menu and cooking. You just don't see that kind of attention to detail and hospitality any more and it meant a lot to this diner and to the others he took the time to talk with. We'll definitely be going back for the fabulous food and service.

2
★★★★★

We finally made it to the Country Cat and what an experience! It's a lovely, warm room and the staff was knowledgeable and friendly. The onion rings were exceptional and easy to share among the four of us. Everything on the menu sounded amazing and made it hard to decide but we were all happy with our choices once our food came.Two of us went for the fried chicken with braised greens, (outstanding!), while one of us had the bacon wrapped trout, (moist and delicious with delicato squash rings and chanterelle mushrooms), and one of us had the braised beef with sour cream mashed potatoes and chanterelle mushrooms, (fork tender and the epitome of comfort food). The portions were generous and made lunch the next day a treat too. We sampled the chocolate puddle cake and butterscotch pudding and house baked cookies for dessert. All very, very good and satisfying. Adam Sappington came out from the kitchen and welcomed and thanked several diners including our party. He was as warm and straight forward as his menu and cooking. You just don't see that kind of attention to detail and hospitality any more and it meant a lot to this diner and to the others he took the time to talk with. We'll definitely be going back for the fabulous food and service.

Pros: Amazing comfort food with a twist

Cons: I will need new clothes if I eat there as often as I'd like

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An intimate environment, friendly and fun staff. Since it's opening in my neighborhood I have become somewat of a regular at the Country Cat. Enough so that Adam, the owner, will wave at me if he catches me walking by, which shows their neighborhood spirit and that I am not just a number.

I enjoy sitting at the Chef's Bar and watching all the great foods prepared with skill and the amazing synchronicity as multiple plates are prepared together. It's a real joy to watch. I've picked up a few cooking tips along the way too.

The food is excellent. I am a vegetarian, mostly. After eating my first meal there I decided to waive this food restriction {sorry Mr. Piggy and Ms. Chicken] and have been slowly wading my way through the menu. Everything has been flavorful, fresh and delicious. While I wish they had more vegetarian options they have enough for a vegetarian (not vegan) to enjoy a meal. Their focus is really on the meat and they do it well.

The wait staff is friendly, attentive and provide great service.. The bartender knows how to mix a drink just right. Country cat is one of the few places in town that carries the locally made Aviation Gin. If you order one, get the lime on the side. Seriously, it doesn't need it.

If you are a downtowner, I highly recommend the trip to one of Montavilla's new treasures.

2
★★★★★

An intimate environment, friendly and fun staff. Since it's opening in my neighborhood I have become somewat of a regular at the Country Cat. Enough so that Adam, the owner, will wave at me if he catches me walking by, which shows their neighborhood spirit and that I am not just a number.

I enjoy sitting at the Chef's Bar and watching all the great foods prepared with skill and the amazing synchronicity as multiple plates are prepared together. It's a real joy to watch. I've picked up a few cooking tips along the way too.

The food is excellent. I am a vegetarian, mostly. After eating my first meal there I decided to waive this food restriction {sorry Mr. Piggy and Ms. Chicken] and have been slowly wading my way through the menu. Everything has been flavorful, fresh and delicious. While I wish they had more vegetarian options they have enough for a vegetarian (not vegan) to enjoy a meal. Their focus is really on the meat and they do it well.

The wait staff is friendly, attentive and provide great service.. The bartender knows how to mix a drink just right. Country cat is one of the few places in town that carries the locally made Aviation Gin. If you order one, get the lime on the side. Seriously, it doesn't need it.

If you are a downtowner, I highly recommend the trip to one of Montavilla's new treasures.

Pros: The Food, The Staff

Cons: Few Choices for Vegetarians

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I loved the Country Cat, it's a place that focuses on many traditional food favorites made with the best ingredients and superb skill. The food is of top quality (anything with vegetables is sure to be fresh and delicious), prices are reasonable for what you get, and service was friendly and attentive (but without the annoying hover). It was pretty quiet up until 7 pm when tables started filling up, so I would suggest coming early if you have a large party. The dessert I had was wonderful-a perfect butterscotch pudding with cream and two warm, buttery chocolate chip cookies-the type of food I make at home but rarely get at a restaurant. I hope to see chicken potpies, bread pudding and other cozy, rib-sticking treats in the wintertime!

2
★★★★★

I loved the Country Cat, it's a place that focuses on many traditional food favorites made with the best ingredients and superb skill. The food is of top quality (anything with vegetables is sure to be fresh and delicious), prices are reasonable for what you get, and service was friendly and attentive (but without the annoying hover). It was pretty quiet up until 7 pm when tables started filling up, so I would suggest coming early if you have a large party. The dessert I had was wonderful-a perfect butterscotch pudding with cream and two warm, buttery chocolate chip cookies-the type of food I make at home but rarely get at a restaurant. I hope to see chicken potpies, bread pudding and other cozy, rib-sticking treats in the wintertime!

Pros: food, service

Cons: none!

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This is a great addition to Portland's restaurant scene! High quality, innovative food in a comfortable atmosphere is to be coveted and supported. I've been a regular since their opening and have only seen improvements (And I loved it the first time I was there!). The service is fastidious without being overbearing or condescending. The beer and wine lists aren't big, but again, offer a nice variety. I stopped in for lunch last week and I remain committed to this place. If you've ever wanted to have a restaurant to call home: DON"T MISS IT!

2
★★★★★

This is a great addition to Portland's restaurant scene! High quality, innovative food in a comfortable atmosphere is to be coveted and supported. I've been a regular since their opening and have only seen improvements (And I loved it the first time I was there!). The service is fastidious without being overbearing or condescending. The beer and wine lists aren't big, but again, offer a nice variety. I stopped in for lunch last week and I remain committed to this place. If you've ever wanted to have a restaurant to call home: DON"T MISS IT!

Pros: The Chicken! The Service!

Cons: NONE!

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We've eaten at this restaurant once a week since it opened. We hope that one day it will also open for breakfast and lunch. The food is absolutely fabulous, as well as seasonal and locally-grown. We have tried almost everything on the menu, which changes often as they try out new dishes. Have not had a bad meal yet. I usually ask our server what's good and just do what they say. The beet salad with blue cheese and candied bacon -- to die for! Best burger I've ever eaten. Incredible soups. Just about every entree comes with a little cluster of fresh greens of some kind -- I love that, as I love my veggies and it balances out some of the richer flavors. Save room for dessert -- it's worth it. Right across the street from the Academy Theater.

2
★★★★★

We've eaten at this restaurant once a week since it opened. We hope that one day it will also open for breakfast and lunch. The food is absolutely fabulous, as well as seasonal and locally-grown. We have tried almost everything on the menu, which changes often as they try out new dishes. Have not had a bad meal yet. I usually ask our server what's good and just do what they say. The beet salad with blue cheese and candied bacon -- to die for! Best burger I've ever eaten. Incredible soups. Just about every entree comes with a little cluster of fresh greens of some kind -- I love that, as I love my veggies and it balances out some of the richer flavors. Save room for dessert -- it's worth it. Right across the street from the Academy Theater.

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We have been to the Country Cat a total of three times so far and have to stop ourselves from going back each night! The food is to die for and the staff and chefs are extremely humble, appreciative and down to earth. We have sampled a bit of everything, the chicken and salmon are wonderful, but the real reason to go is for the hamburger. Hands down, the best I've ever had. You'll need to visit the gym after this one, but it is a juicy, cheesy, masterpiece that makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Love the open kitchen with bar seating where you can interact with the chef(s) and witness the love they sprinkle into each dish. A great addition to Montavilla!!!

2
★★★★★

We have been to the Country Cat a total of three times so far and have to stop ourselves from going back each night! The food is to die for and the staff and chefs are extremely humble, appreciative and down to earth. We have sampled a bit of everything, the chicken and salmon are wonderful, but the real reason to go is for the hamburger. Hands down, the best I've ever had. You'll need to visit the gym after this one, but it is a juicy, cheesy, masterpiece that makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Love the open kitchen with bar seating where you can interact with the chef(s) and witness the love they sprinkle into each dish. A great addition to Montavilla!!!

Pros: Great food, atmosphere and staff

Cons: My waistline won't allow me to go every night :(

 

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