Things at the Portland International Airport are going to get a whole lot crispier thanks to the arrival on Saturday of Adam and Jackie Sappington's The Country Cat, located just past security in Terminal D.
Jackie Sappington says the new spot, in full force April 1, will seat 120 — more than doubling the comfort food joint's Montavilla flagship — and will feature a 20-seat granite bar flanked by a couple of televisions to keep on-the-go travelers in the loop. The build-out of the 3,200 square foot space by R&H construction features a giant metal deco-piece mimicking an old saw-dust silo and rough-sawed hickory detailing.
The airport location will feature an abbreviated list of The Country Cat's greatest hits, including braised beef pot roast, eggs Benedict, challah bread French toast, biscuits, Bloody Marys and, the Sappington's bread and butter: cast-iron skillet-fried chicken. And all of the animal parts served to you here will be butchered and broken down on-site.
Don't have time for a sit-down snack? Adjacent to the restaurant will be a grab and go market where you can stock up on The Country Cat's smoked ham, turkey and vegetable sandwiches, as well as other locally made premium goods, like Olympia Provisions sausages, Quin candies, and Woodblock Chocolate bars.
With the many recent additions of some of Portland's biggest culinary power hitters to PDX International, showing up early to catch a flight will no longer be a hassle, but a privilege.
The Country Cat at Portland International Airport, 7000 NE Airport Way. Restaurant Hours as of April 1: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Market Hours as of April 1: 4 a.m. to 11 p.m.