the lowdown: The Farm Cafe | 10 SE 7th Ave. Portland, OR 97214 | 503.736.FARM | Website | Entrees $9 – $20 | *****

Hot spot on Burnside!

In an effort to understand Portland city planning and the various zoning codes, I attended a Land Use class sponsored by the City of Portland. Despite being one of the youngest in a sea of retirees, I finally understand the difference between R5, CS, and IG1 and can decrypt the meaning of overly zones including h, x, j, to name a few. Who knows if this knowledge will ever prove handy, it certainly makes for interesting conversation over dinner at The Farm and annoying Facebook status updates. The important lesson I did learn from the Land Use class is it doesn’t take much to stay informed; choosing not to can mean having an eight story condo building as your neighbor rather than a park.

Despite The Farm’s current menu having only one vegan entree, I can’t think of a single vegan who doesn’t absolutely love the place. Just one block off East Burnside, The Farm occupies an early 1900′s house complete with a cramped dining room and kitchen. They are undergoing contruction to expand the undersized rooms, but until then, expect 30 – 90 minutes to be seated. During your lengthy wait you can enjoy the Roasted Garlic ($6) or Hummus Plate ($8) appetizers to tide you over until the highly acclaimed, often replicated but never duplicated, Herb Crusted Tofu with Mushrooms Marsala ($12) arrives. The dining room is too dark for pictures but expect a rich mound of garlic mashed potatoes, crusted tofu wedges, and a sea of crimini mushrooms. While dining we heard rumor there are plans to expand the vegan menu. My god, if the rumor is true, they better start contacting the city to obtain permits for additional expansion. Let’s hope the setbacks won’t stand in the way!

10 Comments to "The Farm in the City"

  • Denny said:

    The moment I saw your title on my google reader I knew I was in trouble. hehe. Just reading your description of tofu marsala is enough to get me drooling AND I do hope that the menu is expanded by the time I get my fabulouself & bring my fabulousmegs there;)

    And wow Land Use class? My lil’ brainiac:)

  • Denny said:

    To be honest, this sounds more like you than tasty tofu dish “often replicated but never duplicated”.

    tee hee

  • VeganFabulous said:

    hi hi hi Denny!!!!! Where you have been??? Away from Facebook?

    Ahh yes, I only play a brainiac at tv!

  • Denny said:

    hahaha I guess I forgot all abt it…popping over to say hello to u now!!!

  • Chelsea said:

    I love the Farm. That tofu marsala… mmmmmmmm! I heard on the ppk about the new vegan stuff coming up, but honestly, I don’t think I could stray from the tofu marsala!

    And go you on the land use class! I’ve been meaning to look into the whole FAR thing; it just seems like developers are getting away with a lot in our city…

  • VeganFabulous said:

    Hey Chelsea! Love hearing from you!

    Speaking of neighborhood stuff! Did you end up moving into the apartment on Peacock Lane?

    Have you been to Portobello? I think we are going to try it out for Valentine’s day!

  • Chelsea said:

    Oh, that apartment… no. :( Jesse’s work is liquidating and closing, so we’re pretty unsure about financial stuff right now. Not the best time to move! His unemployment should be decent, so hopefully he can take the time to find a better job!

    I really want to try Portobello! I saw pics on GetSconed and wowza! It looks delicious! I was actually thinking of going for Vday, but we also have a $50 gift cert. for Vita to use up, so we’ll see!

  • Chelsea said:

    P.S. How’s the wedding planning going?!?!

  • VeganFabulous said:

    Hey Chelsea!!! Ooh I wonder if reservations are needed for V day at Portobello??? I better call and find out!

    $50 gift certificate is hard to pass up…Nothing beats a free dinner!

    Wedding planning is going well. I think we have most of the major details figured out. We set the date and are planning to have it at Holocene! I am sooo excited!

    Ps. I am so sorry to hear about Jesse’s job…wish him good luck in the job hunt!

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