Encore hashcapade? Potato hash nirvana? Yes, please! And that’s how my hash posse ended up at Country Cat, site of a previous solo adventure. For the uninitiated, Country Cat is the brainchild of Adam Sappington, a big believer in a farm-to-table experience. In fact, I met Adam at a Portland Meat Collective class where he deftly led a small group through the art of butchery. Huzzah!
Located on SE Stark and SE 80th, Country Cat is a wildly popular restaurant that gives Montavilla instant bragging rights. The tiled, mustachioed-hipster cat that greets the hungry hoards is only the beginning. Head inside and the bustling space welcomes you. I especially fancy their comfy bar where I perched for a Pastrami Pork Hash seemingly eons ago.
And this. Proud Mary, a Bloody Mary whose candied beef jerky makes this outstanding libation a meal in and of itself! I’m confident that we drank and ate our way through enough Proud Marys for each and every person in Montavilla…seriously!!!
As you might imagine, southern comfort food with a twist looked and tasted like heaven. We ordered (clockwise from upper left) Chicken Fried Steak, Eggs Benedict, Cast Iron Fried Chicken with Toasted Pecan-Bacon Spoonbread and Challa French Toast. You know a meal is fantastic when everybody stops talking and tucks into their plate like a den of starving wolverines – I’m fairly confident limbs were lost!
Dubbed the Early Spring Vegetable Hash, this carnivore asked for some bacon to amp it up. Crispy potatoes, Brussels sprouts, green peas, roasted garlic cloves, green onion, kale, watercress & mustard greens and bacon made this one of the more complex veggie hashes I’ve eaten. The combo of roasted garlic, bacon and sprouts dipped in a yolky bath was my favorite combo bite. Other permutations surely would have yielded similar results, but when you’re inhaling your food, it just doesn’t matter!
Thanks to my hashcateers: Cory, Mary, Kristin, Blake, Ryan, David, Brandie, Hiro, Tony, Susan, Ian, Elizabeth, Brian, Jess and Mark; special thanks to Country Cat for a tasty hashcapade last lasted passed closing!