A casual restaurant on Portland’s Salmon Street Downtown.
Overall Score: 8/10
When you should go:
It’s a perfect place for lunch any day of the week, and probably good for dinner. We’ve only been once for lunch on a weekday, and although there were many tables open we still had to wait 15 minutes.
What we drank:
Local Portland Porters
What we ate:
Artisan Grilled Cheese, Chicken and Bacon Sandwich, Brown Rice Salad, Roasted Tomato Soup
Brown Rice Salad
Everything we both ate was pretty spectacular. The brown rice salad is tossed with roasted vegetables (yams, carrots, cauliflower) snap peas, arugula, toasted almonds, and hazelnut vinaigrette. It’s unique, and just the right blend of textures and flavors.
The reason I am giving The Picnic House an 8/10 is the service. The hostess asked if we had a reservation, and when we said we didn’t, she had us wait for 15 minutes saying the server was too busy for us. There was nowhere to sit to wait for our table, so we asked if we could be seated at the table and wait there. She said that wasn’t an option, so 15 minutes later we were seated. We sat for about 10 minutes before anyone even came over to get our drink order. The hostess walked by us multiple times – she definitely could have taken a drink order, no? At any rate, we were only in Portland for 1 day and we wanted to try the food that everyone says is amazing. It definitely was.
Make a reservation or plan on standing to wait for yours.