I've heard so many great things about Meriwether's and even read about it on my friend Sara's blog so I'm glad I finally checked it out. Every week T and I alternate who chooses our brunch destination - lucky for me, he selected Meriwether's. It's located in a cute old building in the Northwest Industrial district, judging by the photos on the walls the exterior hasn't changed much in the last 100 years, which is pretty cool. When inside you feel like you're seated in someones house, there's even a charming, seasonally decorated fireplace if you're sitting on the east side of the restaurant.
Meriwether's is a true "farm to table" restaurant - they have a farm (Skyline Farm) where they grow all of the produce used in the restaurant. The meats, cheeses, poultry and fish all are sourced locally as well, so you can look forward to an ever changing menu offering whatever the best is that the Northwest has to offer at any given time.
As an added bonus, while I hear they can get REALLY busy at dinner time, we were able to get right in for brunch. We showed up at 10:00am, by the time we left, a little after 11:00am they were pretty full, but there still wasn't a wait.
The menu was a little overwhelming. I kind of wanted EVERYTHING. It was hard to decide.
I opted for a pineapple Mimosa ($9.00)
Surprise, surprise! T got a Bloody Meri ($8.50). Haha, you see what they did there? Very witty. The Bloody Meri is made with house made Bloody Mary mix and a garlic and pepper infused vodka. I think the best part of a bloody mary is the garnish, this one had a pretty good set of garnishes - a cocktail pickle, pepper and pepperoncini, and of course the requisite celery stalk.
Another HUGE surprise, T opted for... the Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Waffle ($18.00). I was impressed by the enormity of this dish. Most places serve a quarter or a half of a waffle, Meriwether's serves an entire waffle, and practically an entire chicken (okay, not really an entire chicken, but roughly two breasts). His waffle was garnished by sauteed cinnamon apples and currants, and a delicious trio of applewood smoked bacon slices. I should add that T felt it necessary to order an additional pitcher of syrup, because in it's presented form the chicken and waffles was not a sufficient diabetes delivery system.
I opted for the Northwest Benedict ($20.00). Dungeoness crab on a Sunday morning? YES PLEASE! It was amazing. Probably the best Benedict I've ever had. It was served with herb potatoes and Pearl Bakery toast. I'm returning to Meriwether's next week and am tempted to order this again, but there are so many other things on the menu that I'd like to try.. first world problems.
If you'd like to check out Meriwether's (and you should!) you can find their website at www.meriwethersnw.com. They are located at 2601 NW Vaughn Street in Portland. They're open Monday - Thursday from 11:00am - 9:00pm, Friday 11:00am - 10:00pm, Saturday 8:00am - 10:00pm, Sunday 8:00am - 9:00pm. They have Happy Hour every day from 4:00pm - 6:00pm.