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Thanksgiving Dinner - Country Cat, Urban Farmer or other?

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My family has never been to Portland, but we've decided to come for Thanksgiving, and I'm having trouble deciding where we will eat the BIG MEAL.

We are two adults and one, very well behaved 7 year old. The kiddo is a bit more adventurous than some, but this being Thanksgiving I want to go somewhere that I know she will really like. At the same time, I want to like the food and the atmosphere myself!

Requirements: The kid wants turkey and mashed potatoes. That's easy.

As for me, I'd like more "grown up" food, really good vegetables with the turkey, maybe a fantastic soup. I definitely can't handle a buffet. I'd like a nice atmosphere, although it doesn't have to be fancy. In fact, casual and comfrotable might be nice. A view would be lovely, but I want a step up from the Saltys-type restaurants, so I don't know that a view is in the cards. I would love a restaurant in a neighborhood that we might want to take a walk through after dinner.

So far I seem to have narrowed it down to Country Cat or Urban Farmer. They both get pretty good reviews overall, and they both have separate kids menus. We're staying at the Nines, so Urban Farmer would be easy, but we'd also like to see more of the city (of course we'll be there for two nights, so we'll have other opportunities to leave downtown).

Is Country Cat in a neighborhood that would be fun for a post-dinner stroll? Is the dining room a nice place to sit for a long meal?

Is there someplace else I should consider?

Thanks in advance for your help!

Nikki

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Urban Farmer
525 SW Morrison St., Portland, OR 97204

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  1. We've done Country Cat for Thanksgiving three times now and have always loved it. I've only been to Urban Farmer once (not Thanksgiving) but I would think you would feel more like you are having a family meal at CC than UF -- casual and comfortable it is. There's nothing either particularly awful or charming about the neighborhood that CC is in, but it is close to Mt Tabor Park -- which is nice for a daytime walk but I've never been at night.