Raven & Rose: Restaurant Guide 2014

1331 SW Broadway, 222-7673, ravenandrosepdx.com

[CUISINE D'HOBBIT] Located in the historic Ladd Carriage House, Raven & Rose's grand exterior is as fantastical and dramatic as the theater crowd that is its normal clientele. It's a building that the Brothers Grimm would have rented for a weekend getaway, lingering over potted shrimp while the Cousins Grimm played pool, lounged in leather chairs and sipped gin at the bar. The restaurant got off to a troubled, slightly muddled start last year, but seems to have dialed in its focus. While the kitchen offers an array of seasonal farmers market selections, like the summer berry lemonade and heirloom tomato salad, Raven & Rose's main draw is its British and Irish country fare. The braised rabbit ($26) comes with a smoked-carrot yogurt that adds a welcome tang to the French lentils and the rabbit crepinettes. For a lighter meal, try one of the aforementioned salads with the Welsh rarebit ($12), a storied British comfort dish that features a sauce of English cheddar, ale and spring onions, poured liberally over thick slices of toast. ADRIENNE SO.

Pro tip:

On off-nights—which is to say, any night there isn't a show at the Schnitzer—the upstairs bar is a much livelier place than the staid dining room.

11:30 am-2 pm and 5-10 pm Tuesday-Sunday. $$$.