I have heard nothing but good things about Paley's Place in NW Portland. A friend went there for her anniversary and gave a good report so I had been wanting to go even more. Paley's Place uses local and organic food and the menu is always changing. We finally got to try it!
The cute porch
The appetizers. I can't remember what this was called but it included trout and fava bean puree....it was pretty tasty.
I ordered the pork tenderloin with fava beans and asparagus. It was so yummy--the sauce was perfect and the meat was cooked just right with so much flavor from the sauce.
My friend Stacey branched out and tried the half order of the Rabbit ravioli. I am so glad she did because she let me try it and it was surprisingly really good! It was tender and delicious in the ravioli and the buttery sauce. I don't think I've had rabbit before so it was a treat to try it. Funny story---when the waiter was telling us about this dish he kept talking about how it was braised rabbit. "We braised the rabbit...." and I seriously thought he said raised. Which made sense for a minute because Paley's Place is known for local farmed food. For half a second I was picturing the staff raising rabbits in the backyard. But of course he didn't actually say that. haha!
This is the half portion of salmon---which was really the perfect size according to Stacey! She said it was cooked perfectly and the veggies were tasty.
For dessert--Strawberry ice box cake with local strawberries. Oregon berries are so much better! The caramel sauce was obviously homemade and seriously yummy. The cake was way better than it looked---I wasn't sure I'd love it since I am not a cake fan and prefer chocolate anyway, but I was impressed and so glad I got my own slice!
Here is a shot showing why this is called icebox cake---because the center is filled with ice cream. genius.
The bill shows up in this rustic cute tin
Paley's Place didn't disappoint. It was lovely to know that we were eating local farm fresh food--and dang I forgot to take a photo of my huge fresh greens salad that literally looked like it was just picked. The portions of the entrees were small but it was nice not to leave overstuffed.
Have you tried Paley's Place? Any other local farm fresh food restaurants you've tried? What about if you live in another city besides Portland---do you have these options?