Recently I had the good fortune to go to Portland and try a new restaurant The Country Cat
. This is a James Beard semi-finalist and is known for it's Fried Chicken. I have had a lot of Fried Chicken so I decided to get past the mundane and order something that was more of a challenge to cook. The Country Kitchen is a farm to table restaurant in a small community east of the river. The restaurant is compact and tonight I had a chance to sit at the counter where all the cooking is done. The menu is simple and I went for two dishes and a side.
I started with the Sweet Corn Gazpacho
. What a great way to start a meal the sweetness of the corn, the tartness of the pepper and smoked tomato and the crunch of the pecan. I had never had a soup like this before it definitely ranks in my top 10.
Rather than going for their famous Fried Chicken I went with their Duck two ways. The two ways are a Grilled Breast and a Smoked Leg served with Spaetzle
, Blackberries and Pecans, this is a real Pacific Northwest Dish. The ample portion of Duck was perfectly cooked the sauce with the Blackberries and Pecans provided texture and flavor profiles making the dish special. I also ordered some Collard Greens with big chunks of pork belly.
The Country Cat is a great place to get exceptionally crafted homey food and a very reasonable price. the staff is awesome and my server Bree did a great job in guiding me through the menu.