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Where to Eat the Easter Bunny: Restaurants Serving Rabbit

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Photo of Ava Gene's courtesy Avila/Easter bunny courtesy Besaw's

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Once a year, we tell our children that a large friendly rabbit sneaks into our house or yard and hides colorful eggs filled with candy. Perhaps the perfect plan for Sunday would be meeting a human-sized Easter bunny in the flesh (which can be done by visiting the egg hunt at NW brunch spot Besaw's, above). And then, if you really want to traumatize them, feed them some rabbit for Easter dinner. (It's a lesson in the circle of life, right?)

Here now, 13 Portland restaurants with rabbit on the menu. Did we miss your favorite rabbit dish? Add it to the comments.


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1. Ava Gene's

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3377 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(971) 229-0571
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Though we know that chef Joshua McFadden is a genius when it comes to vegetable dishes, he also knows his way around a pasta maker. For Easter, have the rabbit agnolotti: small raviolis filled with hare, asparagus, and spring onion.

2. Bar Mingo

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811 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 646-6464
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Have the pappardelle, thick ribboned pasta, topped with a rich rabbit ragu for Sunday dinner. Or if more traditional is your thing, you could order the lamb meatballs with tomato sauce, mint, and pecorino. [Photo]

3. Clyde Common

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1014 SW Stark St
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 228-3333
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Chef John Leach's rabbit agnolotti at Clyde comes stuffed with the added element of escargot, red wine, garlic, and chive.

4. Cocotte

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2930 NE Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 227-2669
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Have the miso-cured rabbit saddle, served with pickled baby carrots, spring greens, and a pistachio vinaigrette at chef Kat LeSueur's bistro — it's Easter dinner made easy. [Photo]

5. The Heathman Restaurant & Bar

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1001 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 790-7126
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Michael Stanton's "chef charcuterie" options vary from potted duck confit rillettes to a chicken liver pot de creme, but for this Easter, it's all about the country rabbit terrine. [Photo]

6. Imperial

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410 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 228-7222
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Fried chicken for Easter? Nope, it's fried rabbit on the menu at Vitaly Paley and Ben Bettinger's downtown restaurant. The crispy hare comes with a semolina corn cake, pickled watermelon rind, and bacon. (Oh, and the bacon is fried, too.)

7. Lincoln Restaurant

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3808 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 288-6200
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There are two options for hare here: Chef Jenn Louis's lumache, a shell shaped pasta with a hearty rabbit ragu, or a rabbit entree with spello chickpeas and radicchio. Or order both courses for a full on feast.

8. Mucca Osteria

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1022 SW Morrison St.
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 227-5521
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Chef Simone Savaiano's downtown authentic Italian spot offers a rabbit stew with prunes, spinach, and potatoes. [Photo]

9. Paley's Place

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1204 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 243-2403
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Chef Paley offers a house made rabbit rillette with pistachio and green garlic at his smaller eatery in Northwest.

10. Raven & Rose

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1331 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 719-6680
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Now this is Easter dinner: Newish chef Troy Furuta offers rabbit rotisserie cooked over the open fire and paired with fighting Irish potatoes, buttered baby carrots, rosemary, and a Dijon cream.

11. Savoy Tavern

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2500 SE Clinton St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 808-9999
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Chef Josh Hedrick is running a burger-and-beer special in honor of the Easter holiday. Get a rabbit burger topped with pickled red onion, leaf lettuce, and Dijon aioli paired with a pint of the Ninkasi Spring Reign ale for $13, now through Sunday.

12. Trifecta Tavern and Bakery

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726 SE 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

Order chef Rich Meyer's rabbit fricassee for the occasion here — a stewed meaty dish with mushrooms, torpedo onions, and celeriac.

13. Veritable Quandary

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1220 SW 1st Ave
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 227-7342
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If you're lucky (and if the weather holds up), snag a seat on the patio to enjoy chef Annie Cuggino’s house-made rabbit pate, served with prune jam, brioche, and mustard. [Photo]

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1. Ava Gene's

3377 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

Though we know that chef Joshua McFadden is a genius when it comes to vegetable dishes, he also knows his way around a pasta maker. For Easter, have the rabbit agnolotti: small raviolis filled with hare, asparagus, and spring onion.

3377 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

2. Bar Mingo

811 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Have the pappardelle, thick ribboned pasta, topped with a rich rabbit ragu for Sunday dinner. Or if more traditional is your thing, you could order the lamb meatballs with tomato sauce, mint, and pecorino. [Photo]

811 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209

3. Clyde Common

1014 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205

Chef John Leach's rabbit agnolotti at Clyde comes stuffed with the added element of escargot, red wine, garlic, and chive.

1014 SW Stark St
Portland, OR 97205

4. Cocotte

2930 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97211

Have the miso-cured rabbit saddle, served with pickled baby carrots, spring greens, and a pistachio vinaigrette at chef Kat LeSueur's bistro — it's Easter dinner made easy. [Photo]

2930 NE Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97211

5. The Heathman Restaurant & Bar

1001 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

Michael Stanton's "chef charcuterie" options vary from potted duck confit rillettes to a chicken liver pot de creme, but for this Easter, it's all about the country rabbit terrine. [Photo]

1001 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205

6. Imperial

410 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

Fried chicken for Easter? Nope, it's fried rabbit on the menu at Vitaly Paley and Ben Bettinger's downtown restaurant. The crispy hare comes with a semolina corn cake, pickled watermelon rind, and bacon. (Oh, and the bacon is fried, too.)

410 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205

7. Lincoln Restaurant

3808 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227

There are two options for hare here: Chef Jenn Louis's lumache, a shell shaped pasta with a hearty rabbit ragu, or a rabbit entree with spello chickpeas and radicchio. Or order both courses for a full on feast.

3808 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

8. Mucca Osteria

1022 SW Morrison St., Portland, OR 97205

Chef Simone Savaiano's downtown authentic Italian spot offers a rabbit stew with prunes, spinach, and potatoes. [Photo]

1022 SW Morrison St.
Portland, OR 97205

9. Paley's Place

1204 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Chef Paley offers a house made rabbit rillette with pistachio and green garlic at his smaller eatery in Northwest.

1204 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209

10. Raven & Rose

1331 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

Now this is Easter dinner: Newish chef Troy Furuta offers rabbit rotisserie cooked over the open fire and paired with fighting Irish potatoes, buttered baby carrots, rosemary, and a Dijon cream.

1331 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201

11. Savoy Tavern

2500 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202

Chef Josh Hedrick is running a burger-and-beer special in honor of the Easter holiday. Get a rabbit burger topped with pickled red onion, leaf lettuce, and Dijon aioli paired with a pint of the Ninkasi Spring Reign ale for $13, now through Sunday.

2500 SE Clinton St
Portland, OR 97202

12. Trifecta Tavern and Bakery

726 SE 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Order chef Rich Meyer's rabbit fricassee for the occasion here — a stewed meaty dish with mushrooms, torpedo onions, and celeriac.

726 SE 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

13. Veritable Quandary

1220 SW 1st Ave, Portland, OR 97204

If you're lucky (and if the weather holds up), snag a seat on the patio to enjoy chef Annie Cuggino’s house-made rabbit pate, served with prune jam, brioche, and mustard. [Photo]

1220 SW 1st Ave
Portland, OR 97204

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