Are your relatives coming to town for the holiday and you want to give them the true taste of Portland? Are you sick of the standard family gathering and need a change? Do you have a new S.O. and are unsure of your holiday cooking prowess? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, here are some recommendations to make your holiday a scrumptious and relaxing one:
The Country Cat
Start the Christmas Eve festivities off right with brunch at The Country Cat. Enjoy classics such as eggs Benedict or try a Southern favorite, such as the celebrated cast iron skillet fried chicken.
Need something for Christmas morning? Stop by Bowery Bagels for your certified Kosher, New York-style bagels and schmears. Make sure to try their wildly popular MSG (Miso, Soy, and Ginger) bagel with a kimchi schmear for a unique bagel experience.
Acadia Bistro will host a Christmas Eve Réveillon dinner, where chef and owner Adam Higgs will serve four courses of traditional and modern classic Cajun and Creole dishes, including housemade Tur-duck-hen, Madeline pie, and turtle soup.
Chef Kat Le Sueur of Cocotte has created an intimate, Christmas Eve French-inspired bistro dinner. The three featured menus are a “de la jardin” (vegetarian); “de la mer” (seafood) and “de Cocotte” (house signature dishes); additional à la carte items will also be available.
Streetcar Bistro & Taproom
Streetcar Bistro & Taproom would like you to join them for a festive Christmas Eve event. Live music will accompany four courses, including a main course of short ribs with mushroom risotto and broccolini.
For a Christmas Eve with a taste of the Middle East, head to Levant for an exotic meal of hearth-roasted lamb for the table or a five-course chef’s choice dinner.
Bluehour is serving a prix fixe Christmas Eve dinner featuring a special three-course menu. Entrée choices include ragu of winter squash, smoked duck breast, wild steelhead, or pan-seared New York steak.
The Heathman; Jantzen Beach Bar and Grill; Urban Farmer
On Christmas day, The Heathman Restaurant and Bar will be serving both a buffet and a prix fixe dinner; Jantzen Beach Bar and Grill in the Red Lion on the Columbia River will serve a buffet with a view; and Urban Farmer in The Nines hotel will be serving a holiday special menu in addition to their full dinner menu.
Sarah Cohen is the Portland City Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @Scrteshopper.