CAT TOURISM BY SANDY ROBINS
FORTHE L O V EOFCATS
Cat cafes are trending around the world. But what about cat-themed restaurants for cat lovers? Yes, they exist, too! Be sure to include these stablishments on your itinerary when you visit these destinations.
The Cats Restaurant
17533 Santa Cruz Hwy.
Los Gatos, California
It makes purrfect sense that a
city called Los Gatos, Spanish for
“the cats,” would be home to an
eponymous restaurant, which is
easy to find thanks to the two large
concrete cats sculpted by Robert
Paine and known as Leo and
Leona. Since 1922,
they have guard-
ed the entrance
The building, like its feline name-
The Country Cat Dinner
sakes, has had many lives. It was
once a stop on a stagecoach route
and had a history as a speakeasy
and as a bordello. During the 1940s
and ‘50s, the building housed a
realty office, a gun shop, and a
sporting goods store. It has operat-
ed as a restaurant since the 1960s
and has earned a reputation for
slow pit barbecue ribs and steaks
featuring an award-win-
ning rub. Go hun-
gry, and be
take a dog-
gie, er, kitty
House and Bar
7937 SE Stark St.
Farm-to-table dining, a signature
of the trendy slow food movement,
is a popular way for any foodie
to spend an evening. The owners,
culinary team Adam and Jackie
Sappington refer to their dishes as
“A Made-From-Scratch, Farm-to-
Table Experience” that highlights
American heritage cuisine. The cou-
ple just published a cookbook called
Heartlandia: Heritage Recipes from
The Country Cat featuring some of
their special soul food recipes.
Why the name The Country
Cat? “When we were working on
the concept, an image of a country
cat slinking in and out of a typical
farmhouse kitchen kept coming to
mind,” Jackie explained.
Jackie is a self-confessed “pie
geek,” so leave room for dessert!
And if you are literally on a flying
visit to Portland, there is a second
location of The Country Cat at
Portland International Airport.
Check out these, too!
Monkey Cat Restaurant and Bar
805 Lincoln Way
Auburn, CA 95603
The 2 Cats Inn and Cafe
130 Cottage St.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
It’s The Cat’s Meow Cafe
138 Robinson St.
Markham, ON L3P 5H5, Canada
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