When I have the occasional Monday off due to a holiday, I always try to snag a friend to grab brunch with me. This way we can visit one of those popular places that have long lines on the weekend due to their delectable dishes. The Country Cat is one of those places. Southern meets fresh northwest here at the popular Montavilla restaurant where the spotlight is on seasonal, farm to table fare.
On Presidents’ Day my friend Tom and I opted for stools at the bar overlooking the kitchen. Tom is a brunch professional as well, so he was up for sharing. He knows that splitting both a sweet and a savory plate creates maximum brunch bliss.
To satisfy our savory side, we chose the Chicken Fried Steak which is served with mashed potatoes, braised kale, and Worcestershire gravy. The meat was tender and juicy and the batter was crisped to perfection. I tend to find gravy too heavy, but this was flavorful and rich without being too thick.
To satiate our sweet side, we chose Cinnamon Swirl Challa French Toast. This is dipped in Maker’s Mark custard and topped with dried fruit compote, clabber cream, and maple syrup. I really don’t have to tell you how good this was because I’m sure the description made your mouth water as you read it.
We consumed the above dishes so fast, and with such delight, that I forgot to take a picture to sketch. I decided instead to draw the view of the stacked pans that sat in front of us. I love capturing the textures and colors of such ordinary, often overlooked items. All the folks at the Country Cat were friendly and engaging, and we enjoyed watching their artful and efficient dance of creating beautiful and scrumptious food.
Tom and I followed our brunch with a walk around the eclectic Montavilla neighborhood basking in the surprising heat of the February sunshine. I highly recommend this digestif if the weather cooperates. Happy birthday Mr. President. Thanks for the day off.