clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Irving Street Kitchen Makes Auspicious Debut

With its decidedly improvised sign still up on its patio, the much-hyped Irving Street Kitchen, backed by powerhouse San Fran restaurateurs Doug Washington, Steven Rosenthal, and Mitchell Rosenthal, opened its doors on Friday night to a warm, insanely crowded Portland welcome. Eater operatives were on-hand Friday night to sample from Sarah Schafer's two-tiered menu and gawk at the private-library-meets-butcher-shop decor (a fun improvement over old tenant Bay 13); then stopped by again the next day for a happy hour... that didn't exist. (Despite the restaurant's website stating it opens at 4:30pm "daily," servers explained that Irving St. actually isn't open for business until 5:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays, when no happy hour specials are available. Website fail.)

But so far, the out-of-towners get points for incorporating some Portland faves — including bread by Ken's Artisan Bakery and Stumptown-infused ice cream — on its upscale, Southern-style menu. Could The Country Cat be facing some downtown competition?
· Irving Street Kitchen [Official site]
· All Previous Irving Street Kitchen Coverage [Eater PDX]

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

1026 Southwest Harvey Milk Street, , OR 97205 (503) 224-9060 Visit Website

Ken's Artisan Bakery

338 NW 21st Avenue, Portland, OR 97210 Visit Website

Irving St. Kitchen

701 Northwest 13th Avenue, , OR 97209 (503) 343-9440 Visit Website

Country Cat Dinnerhouse & Bar

7937 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97215 Visit Website

701 NW 13th Ave., Portland, OR 97209

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Eater Portland newsletter

The freshest news from the local food world