Date: June 29, 2007
Times Visited: 2
The Black Rabbit Restaurant and Bar is one of the nicest restaurants on McMenamin’s Edgefield property in Troutdale. My family members are big fans of Edgefield so I usually make it out there about once or twice a year. The nice thing about being invited to dine at the Black Rabbit is that I am usually not paying so the price isn’t so painful being vegan.
The vegan options at The Black Rabbit are few and far between but the staff is wonderful and accommodating to food allergies and diets. Since the chefs are real chefs, they generally welcome a challenge, it’s just best to call before hand. Unfortunately, I didn’t know we would be dining at the Black Rabbit over the Power Station or other restaurants at Edgefield. Our options at the Black Rabbit were salad rolls (minus the peanut dipping sauce because of the fish sauce) and wilted spinach salad minus the bacon and cheese.
The salad rolls were good, nothing spectacular, but good. They really did need a peanut sauce for dipping. I was very happy our waitress was on top of the game and knew about the fish sauce and was willing to check a other dishes like the risotto which contained butter. The wilted spinach salad was wonderful with McMenamin’s own marinated onions and thinly sliced pears tossed with just enough balsamic vinegar to bring it all together. It was wonderful salad. I could have eaten 3 of them for a meal, but at $12 each, I couldn’t do that to my dining hosts.
For dessert we had Strawberry Balsamic sorbet. Wow – best sorbet I’ve ever had. The tiny bit of balsamic added to the sorbet added an extra depth to the flavor and seemed to help the strawberry flavor linger in my mouth longer. I would go back for more.
McMenamin’s is a great local chain, with a fun environment and great beers. I do not suggest going to their restaurants and pubs if you’re just going for food. Head to McMenamin’s for their beers, events, historical preservation, beautiful properties and for free dinner when your family is in town. If you do go, head to the less pricey restaurants and order a vegan pizza (make sure to ask about the ingredients in their crust, they’ve always told me it was vegan, but have told some otherwise), fries, veggie burger (which is vegan at some venues and vegetarians at others), yam fries and of course, strawberry sorbet (which is probably just seasonal).
I gave The Black Rabbit a lower rating than I think their food is worth because their common menus do not accommodate vegans. Pressure should be put on McMenamin’s to become more vegan-friendly.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Address: 2126 S.W. Halsey St. Troutdale, OR 97060 (503) 492-3086
Hours: Daily 11am-11pm