Dine With Me: Picnic House
One of the things that I struggle with when it comes to maintaining my blog is posting about the trips I take. These are some of my absolte favorite blog posts to write, but when I’m actually traveling, I’m trying to cram so many things into one day, and taking upwards of 1,000 snaps per day. When I get back to the hotel at night it becomes way too overwhelming to go through all the photos, plus I’m exhausted, and the end result is that I never get around to posting them.
That’s something I’m trying to change, so I’m starting off my first night in Portland with a dine with me. This restaurant was SO. GOOD., and the atmosphere was absolutely perfect for a cold Oregon night.
They have a full bar, but they offer a selection of crafted cocktails that were really finessed and creative. I got the o’mule, because I love all things mule, made with Jameson and thyme. It was hands down one of the best cocktails I’ve ever had. So good.
I really liked the way that they serve the food here. The restaurant is called the picnic house, and the food is very much served “picnic style.” You can pick three different things from different categories on the menu to create your own “picnic,” for a fixed price, or you can just order things a la carte.
I chose to go with the picnic, and ordered the burger, fried brussles and broccoli, and the tomato basil soup. It was seriously one of the best meals that I have ever had, no exhageration. The burger definitely goes in my top 3, and the brussles were equally phenomenal.
We got two different desserts, one was this meringue and panna cotta, covered in tropical fruit and toasted coconut, and the other was a s’mores mousse, with graham cracker dust and a smoked marshmallow. I think the marshmallow was the only thing I had that I didn’t totally love. For some reason it tasted like smoked salmon to me…
The restaurant has the most perfect, gorgeous atmosphere. It’s housed in the lobby of an old hotel, with high vaulted ceilings, lots of dark wood, and the original tiled floors. It was beautifully decorated for the holidays too, which made things even better.
I find that a lot of new age restaurants that cater to younger adults and 20-30 somethings often look the same. It’s a rinse and repeat of the hipster inspired, new age meets vintage, eclectic decor. However, this place took the essence that makes those places so popular, and turned it into something very polished and refined. When I was eating, I kept looking around at the restaurant, noticing details and taking in the environment. It was absolutely beautiful.
If you’re interested in checking out picnic house, it’s in the heart of downtown Portland, near the Pioneer Courthouse Square and Pioneer shopping district.