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Urban Farmer Restaurant Review: From the hubbub of downtown Portland, an elevator whisks diners to this urban oasis, a place of calm where the farm and the ranch share the table. The expansive restaurant sits in an open courtyard in the middle of the posh Nines hotel with “walls” of leather-bound books, jars of pickled produce, and a field of wheat grass. The kitchen’s purveyors earn prominent placement on the menu and the pleasant servers can and will discuss them like beloved relatives they frequently visit. Steak is the focus here, with a wide range of appealing cuts, but there are a few other local flavors---including lamb, steelhead trout and wild salmon. Portland-brewed beers, Oregon varietals, and spirits from local distilleries are also poured, as well as a homemade moonshine aged in the restaurant. On weekends, enjoy decadent brunches (fried chicken and waffles with truffle honey perhaps?) and a Bloody Mary bar until 3 p.m. Desserts are childhood classics prepared with professional execution: a mud pie layered with rocky road ice cream, a butterscotch sundae with a warm brown butter blondie, and banana cream pie.