Black Rabbit A review of McMenamins Edgefield

On a trip to Oregon in October, 2002, I stayed overnight in a commercial motel in Troutdale, on the eastern edge of Portland. The following morning I asked the motel clerk where she might recommend I have breakfast. She recommended McMenamins Edgefield, which was nearby. When I drove onto the McMenamins property, I felt I'd probably made a mistake. It didn't look anything like a Denny's. It was more like a 1920s resort, with large buildings and grounds that reminded me of a small college campus. I entered the main building, as I'd been instructed, and discovered a gift shop and the Black Rabbit Restaurant. The McMenamins property had once been a government-run orphanage and poor farm, I was told, and is today a winery, resort and hotel. There I was served a truly great breakfast, in an uncrowded and comfortable setting. The breads and jellies were exceptional. The eggs, bacon, coffee superb. I highly recommend the Black Rabbit, which reportedly got this name from an actual black rabbit once observed on the site.

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