RECOMMENDED SPOTS IN MCMINNVILLE, OREGON

 

Personal favorites, glowing reviews or “meh” feedback are yours from a dedicated foodie and wine lover. But of course, try for yourself!

One of the best things about the food scene in McMinnville is the variety … it’s hard to contain myself when people ask, “where should I eat in McMinnville?” And I get asked a lot. Then there’s the wine. If you love Pinot noir, you’ll be in heaven. Yet even if you prefer something else like I do, there are still plenty of great choices.

And what makes the whole experience so wonderful? The amazing people who take care of you, choose the ingredients, cook up each delight and serve you with true joy in their craft.

Just a few blocks away from Historic Wortman House

In the same block as the house at 726 Fourth Street, you’ll find both Thai and French cuisine. There’s authentic French bistro fare and a lovely courtyard for outdoor dining (weather permitting) at Bistro Maison, lunch or dinner. Thai Country is fast, fresh, flavorful and family owned, serving up excellent Thai food at reasonable prices.

 

KAOS Building on Third and Galloway

In the next block, McMinnville’s newest building offers rooftop lunch and dinner at the 1882 Grille—their burgers and fries earn big praise. Downstairs, fine dining at the Barberry is not to be missed. The Truffle Fondito appetizer will make you swoon—Dubliner and Gruyere cheese blended with truffle oil and served warm for dipping with toasted baguette slices.

 

The rib-eye steak or Wagyu beef shoulder are perfectly seasoned, cooked to perfection and paired with interesting sides that vary. Friends of mine who don’t normally choose beef have ordered the rib eye repeatedly. They also offer fresh oysters if that’s more your style.

And then the cocktails—a mint julep connoisseur friend claims theirs is the best she ever tasted. Martinis earn hearty praise, too. And there’s brunch on the weekends, too … yum. The building was designed for outdoor dining when the weather cooperates, both upstairs at the 1882 Grille and on the main level at the Barberry.

 

Across the railroad tracks, up 4th Street

Golden Valley Brewery and Restaurant is one of those reliable places that’s open even in mid-afternoon when no one else is. Beer lovers appreciate the fresh micro-brews made on site. I’m very fond of the chicken pot pie, Cobb salad and burgers. The owner raises his own Angus beef so you know the burgers and steaks are outstanding. The dessert you must try? Warm gingerbread with rum sauce. I’ve converted many doubters with just a taste. On the corner of Johnson and Third Street.

A few more blocks to the Granary District will take you up to Valley Commissary at 920 NE 8th Street, an open-kitchen open-air restaurant serving super fresh, locally-sourced choices on the most interesting lunch menu you’ll find.

 

I’m running out of space, try these lists and reviews

Okay, wine tasting, too

I have to admit it, I’m not a huge Pinot noir fan. So for the Big Reds that are round, fruit forward and downright delicious, I choose Terra Vina Wines. Their tasting room on the corner of Third and Ford is comfortable and inviting. And their lineup is truly incredible—Syrah, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Cab Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and red blends and a few more. You won’t go wrong. One tasting fee gives you all of those choices (including Pinot noir). And you probably won’t want to go anywhere else!

But I can easily recommend these options for Pinot noir, bubbly and whites, reds and roses.

 
  • R. Stuart is a charming tasting room facing Third Street with tiny tables outside. I love their Big Fire Pinot Gris and their Bubbly.

  • Elizabeth Chambers Cellars is housed in the old McMinnville Power and Light Building on Irvine, between 4th and 5th. Beautiful. Excellent wines, I hear, from those who love their Pinots.

 

Are you hungry yet?

Or yearning for the ripe round bouquet of a big red wine? Or the light, silky taste of an Oregon Pinot? It’s probably time to schedule your visit to McMinnville, and book your stay at 726 NE Fourth Street, Historic Wortman House.

 

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