On our short trip to Portland, we decided to play dinner by ear. Usually I go crazy researching where to eat, but I knew that Portland has many good restaurants, so we casually strolled around until we stumbled upon Farmer’s Table on the corner at 205 Commercial Street.
We each got a salad. Mine had baby lettuce, fried 6 minute egg, pickled shallots, pancetta, preserved Meyer lemon vinaigrette. Erm’s had a big piece of goat cheese on top.
Farmer’s Table sources locally whenever possible, and these salads were where that was most apparent. The lettuce was amazing and Erm was crazy about his goat cheese. My salad was my favorite part of my meal. The 6 minute egg was perfect!
For our main course, I got the fettucine with locally grown mushrooms, herbs, and olive oil. It was very fresh tasting, and clean. Some of the mushrooms had a really meaty texture, it was like eating chicken. Erm got the Lobster Carbonara. I tried a bite. It was good, but very different from the everyday carbonara. Definitely not as creamy, but still good.
We were too full for dessert, although a gentleman at the table next to us was eating a panna cotta that looked great. Our overall experience at Farmer’s Table was very nice, and we would definitely return if we went back to Portland. I’d love to have lunch outside at those tables next time. And try theh panna cotta ;)
When you go away, do you research restaurants, or wing it?