Last Friday I headed to Portland, stopped in at Blue Star Donuts (where honestly, my donut was mediocre) then headed to a fun meeting collaboration with Madewell (more on that later!). After the meeting, I did a bit of shopping in the store, loading up on flannel shirts and sweaters, if only it were cool enough to wear them! I met up with my friend, did a bit more shopping and walking around, and stopped in for lunch at Thai Peacock, man I miss that place.
I have heard many great things about St. Jack in NW, but hadn't yet gone. So when you are kids free for the entire day, you make the most of it. St. Jack was completely adorable! A sweet little rustic French place, with big open windows, strong cocktails, and tasty pommes frites.
I started off with the butter lettuce salad tossed with avocado, radishes, croutons, in a dijon herb dressing. I loved the simplicity of this salad. I would go back, just for the salad. But really, it was the poutine that won me over. Pommes frites with cheese curds, criminis and covered in duck gravy. This was rich, full of flavor, and one of the best things I have eaten, in quite awhile.
If you are in Portland, make sure to stop by St. Jack. They have a great Happy Hour, which is what we did, but I am sure the dinner menu is quite impressive.
Aaron Barnett, from St. Jack, will be at this year's Feast, as part of the lineup for the Oregonian Media Group High Comfort held at The Nines. Accompanied by many other great chefs, including Elias Cairo from Olympic Provisions, John Gorham from Toro Bravo, Jenn Louis from Lincoln Restaurant, Joshua McFadden from Ava Genes, Naomi Pomeroy from Beast, Gabriel Rucker from Le Pigeon, and many, many more.
Buy tickets now before they sell out. It will be a great night!