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#1 Post by Brian S t o t t e r »

My wife and I will be visiting 12/8-12/12. We have our winery visits planned but haven’t put much thought into dining. We’re staying in McMinnville. Any tips?
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#2 Post by Michael Baryla »

The Painted Lady in Newberg is a must if you like tasting menu type places.

Red hills market in Dundee for casual lunch. Great dinner at Red Hills Kitchen in McMinnville.
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#3 Post by Luca Giupponi »

I would absolutely recommend:

Pizzeria Capo
Earth & Sea

Heard good things about Thistle but we ended up not going so no first-hand experience. Pura Vida has great food too.

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Michael Baryla wrote: November 25th, 2021, 7:18 am The Painted Lady in Newberg is a must if you like tasting menu type places.

Red hills market in Dundee for casual lunch. Great dinner at Red Hills Kitchen in McMinnville.
Thanks! Just booked at Painted Lady :)
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#5 Post by Keith A k e r s »

eat at Pizza Capo, walk over to Hi-Fi and drink. Rinse and repeat

Bistro Maison is pretty old school, but I've definitely enjoyed it for some classic French in the valley.

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#6 Post by Andy Steinman »

Earth and Sea in Carlton
Recipe in Newberg
Thistle in McMinnville is solid but not sure they are fully open.
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#7 Post by Fred Vogel »

The Joel Palmer House in Dayton if you are a mushroom lover.

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Luca Giupponi wrote: November 25th, 2021, 8:09 am Pura Vida has great food too.
I loved eating at Pura Vida; it's very clean, and a nice change of pace
Keith A k e r s wrote: November 25th, 2021, 10:20 am Bistro Maison is pretty old school, but I've definitely enjoyed it for some classic French in the valley.
Seconding, though the food is very heavy
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#9 Post by S t e p h e nK »

+1 Joel Palmer. They are doing a renovation but are still open. Rosmarino Osteria Italiana in Newberg is an amazing Italian place. Look at reviews. Tasting menu except Sunday.

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We enjoyed Earth & Sea and the Joel Palmer House when we visited back in June.
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We haven't dined out much since the pandemic hit, but Pizza Capo is excellent. We had a private dinner at Red Hills Kitchen, and it was pretty good. Definitely stop by Hi-Fi. They have a great by the glass list, and a world-class bottle list that is reasonably priced. I've heard really good things about Earth and Sea, but haven't been yet.

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#12 Post by Brian Glas »

We like Thistle, Nicks, Pizza Capo, La Rambla. The roof top bar at Hotel Oregon is a fun place in warmer months. Community Plate is our favorite breakfast spot.

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Another vote for the Painted Lady.

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Michael Baryla wrote: November 25th, 2021, 7:18 am The Painted Lady in Newberg is a must if you like tasting menu type places.

Red hills market in Dundee for casual lunch. Great dinner at Red Hills Kitchen in McMinnville.
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#15 Post by Ryan Gilmour »

Dos Mundos taco stand in Newberg was perfect for lunch in between winery visits. Some of the best tacos I’ve ever had!

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Nick's in McMinnville is solid and you might have a glass with a local winemaker at their bar in the back.
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J.R. Tr0wbridge wrote: December 3rd, 2021, 8:34 pm Nick's in McMinnville is solid and you might have a glass with a local winemaker at their bar in the back.
The back bar is now a side bar.
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Earth & Sea was great tonight.
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Surprised nobody's mentioned it yet - Rosemarino in Newberg

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Eric White wrote: December 6th, 2021, 8:15 am Surprised nobody's mentioned it yet - Rosemarino in Newberg
I've heard good things but haven't been yet.

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Eric White wrote: December 6th, 2021, 8:15 am Surprised nobody's mentioned it yet - Rosemarino in Newberg
Yes, it was mentioned by Stephen K. in post #9. Unfortunately, Rosemarino and Earth & Sea were closed with Covid during our recent visit in August.

Painted Lady, Thistle and Recipe are always on our list. If you were staying in Newberg, I would add Jory and Newbergundian Bistro.

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Rosemarino is delicious.
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#23 Post by Brian S t o t t e r »

We ended up eating at Pizza Capo, Red Hills Market (amazing fried chicken and roast beef sandwiches), La Rambla. Ate last night at the Joel Palmer House (in place of The Painted Lady), and it was extraordinary.
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Brian S t o t t e r wrote: December 11th, 2021, 10:28 pm We ended up eating at Pizza Capo, Red Hills Market (amazing fried chicken and roast beef sandwiches), La Rambla. Ate last night at the Joel Palmer House (in place of The Painted Lady), and it was extraordinary.
Good choices. I don’t think you missed anything by skipping Painted Lady. It used to be our favorite by a wide margin. The last few times we’ve gone there though have been disappointing. We don’t bother any more.
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Just got back from a 4 night trip and thought I’d chime in.

Jory - in the Allison. Pretty space (sort of) that feels impressive but the meal here was just devoid of any passion from the kitchen at all. The service was somewhat formal/awkward, but it was surprising when our first recommendation from the server was to go with the 5 course menu (not 7). Turns out he did us a solid. Two of the dishes (goat cheese tart and rhubarb tart) came out in the exact same frozen mini pie crust… the food was weakly executed and formulaic. Fortunately their wine list is great and offered many excellent and well priced choices. We went with a 16 Allemand Chaillots at $235, which seems less than market to me. Very friendly Somm there who kindly let me buy a bottle off the list to take home.

Joel Palmer House - this was in their tent with a space warmer blowing heated air into the tent. Again pretty formal service but the food was much better and the emphasis on mushroom was not overdone to me. Really tasty dishes across a wide spectrum, and dessert (brought to our table on a ~5 foot wooden board) was an outstanding finale. For boasting the largest selection of Oregon wines in the area, I was very unimpressed by their choices and pricing (think $500 for a 750mL of Thomas). I ordered a 16 00 VGW chard and brought an 88 Pichon Lalande to go with the mushrooms. I’d do the exact same thing over if given the opportunity.
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Painted Lady - our 3rd stop and by far my favorite. This was Michelin level food and presentation. Service was a little more warm but still serious in that French Laundry way. Dishes were unique, rich, flavorful, and beautiful. Ordered a delightful Niew Chardonnay off the list and brought an 07 Tattinger Comtes. Wine list was medium sized but well curated. Best dinner by a mile.

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#26 Post by Michael O Brien »

We visited Walla Walla and the Willamette in late March. Our two favorite restaurants from that trip were the Joel Palmer House in Dayton and Cuvée Restaurant, in Carlton. Cuvée Restaurant was a first time visit for us. Joel Palmer House was a revisit.
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#27 Post by DIANAD »

We made a quick trip to Newberg in early February based on Longplay being the winemaker at Rosmarino’s Friday night Winemaker’s dinner. The dinner was sold out and our waitlist never cleared, but we were able to get into their Saturday night wine-pairing dinner and it was outstanding! Also enjoyed Recipe.
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Pizza Capo was fantastic. The arancini were superb. And the sausage pizza with kalamata olives, roasted fennel and ricotta was one of the greatest pizzas I've ever had.

Nick's was decent but nothing I would truly rave about. But it seems it's kind of an institution in town and we're glad we went. Ken Wright was seated near us and was treated like a rock star.

Stay far away from Jae's Landing. One of the nastiest persons I've ever come across in my life was behind the bar, and she's apparently a co-owner. (We would never have ended up in that place, but we were looking for somewhere to catch the Celtics game.)

HiFi was pretty cool and had a nice bottle list. It's not really my kind of atmosphere though, I felt a little bit uncomfortable. I'm kind of a blue collar redneck type. :-)

On our way out we ate at Oma's Hideway in Portland. OMG one of the best meals I've ever had. If you like Malaysian style street food you need to make it a point to hit this place up. (Get reservations well ahead of time.)
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#29 Post by Lisa Hall »

We had dinner at Thistle in May. Wonderful small menu. Also the Red Hills Kitchen in the Atticus is good. The Horseradish in Carlton is a great lunch spot.

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Andy Steinman wrote: November 25th, 2021, 11:50 am Earth and Sea in Carlton
Recipe in Newberg
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JBrochu wrote: June 20th, 2022, 8:03 am Pizza Capo was fantastic. The arancini were superb. And the sausage pizza with kalamata olives, roasted fennel and ricotta was one of the greatest pizzas I've ever had.

Nick's was decent but nothing I would truly rave about. But it seems it's kind of an institution in town and we're glad we went. Ken Wright was seated near us and was treated like a rock star.

Stay far away from Jae's Landing. One of the nastiest persons I've ever come across in my life was behind the bar, and she's apparently a co-owner. (We would never have ended up in that place, but we were looking for somewhere to catch the Celtics game.)

HiFi was pretty cool and had a nice bottle list. It's not really my kind of atmosphere though, I felt a little bit uncomfortable. I'm kind of a blue collar redneck type. :-)

On our way out we ate at Oma's Hideway in Portland. OMG one of the best meals I've ever had. If you like Malaysian style street food you need to make it a point to hit this place up. (Get reservations well ahead of time.)
Hell, I live in McMinnville, and while I know where Jae's Landing is, I've never had a urge to go there.

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Rick Allen wrote: June 20th, 2022, 1:57 pm
JBrochu wrote: June 20th, 2022, 8:03 am Pizza Capo was fantastic. The arancini were superb. And the sausage pizza with kalamata olives, roasted fennel and ricotta was one of the greatest pizzas I've ever had.

Nick's was decent but nothing I would truly rave about. But it seems it's kind of an institution in town and we're glad we went. Ken Wright was seated near us and was treated like a rock star.

Stay far away from Jae's Landing. One of the nastiest persons I've ever come across in my life was behind the bar, and she's apparently a co-owner. (We would never have ended up in that place, but we were looking for somewhere to catch the Celtics game.)

HiFi was pretty cool and had a nice bottle list. It's not really my kind of atmosphere though, I felt a little bit uncomfortable. I'm kind of a blue collar redneck type. :-)

On our way out we ate at Oma's Hideway in Portland. OMG one of the best meals I've ever had. If you like Malaysian style street food you need to make it a point to hit this place up. (Get reservations well ahead of time.)
Hell, I live in McMinnville, and while I know where Jae's Landing is, I've never had a urge to go there.
I won't mention who recommended it! But in fairness to them, (actually a small group of people), we were looking for a place where they might actually put the volume on at the bar, which apparently isn't easy to find in McMinnville.
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JBrochu wrote: June 20th, 2022, 8:03 am Pizza Capo was fantastic. The arancini were superb. And the sausage pizza with kalamata olives, roasted fennel and ricotta was one of the greatest pizzas I've ever had.

Nick's was decent but nothing I would truly rave about. But it seems it's kind of an institution in town and we're glad we went. Ken Wright was seated near us and was treated like a rock star.

Stay far away from Jae's Landing. One of the nastiest persons I've ever come across in my life was behind the bar, and she's apparently a co-owner. (We would never have ended up in that place, but we were looking for somewhere to catch the WARRIORS! game.)

HiFi was pretty cool and had a nice bottle list. It's not really my kind of atmosphere though, I felt a little bit uncomfortable. I'm kind of a blue collar redneck type. :-)

On our way out we ate at Oma's Hideway in Portland. OMG one of the best meals I've ever had. If you like Malaysian style street food you need to make it a point to hit this place up. (Get reservations well ahead of time.)
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JBrochu wrote: June 20th, 2022, 4:16 pm
Rick Allen wrote: June 20th, 2022, 1:57 pm
JBrochu wrote: June 20th, 2022, 8:03 am Pizza Capo was fantastic. The arancini were superb. And the sausage pizza with kalamata olives, roasted fennel and ricotta was one of the greatest pizzas I've ever had.

Nick's was decent but nothing I would truly rave about. But it seems it's kind of an institution in town and we're glad we went. Ken Wright was seated near us and was treated like a rock star.

Stay far away from Jae's Landing. One of the nastiest persons I've ever come across in my life was behind the bar, and she's apparently a co-owner. (We would never have ended up in that place, but we were looking for somewhere to catch the Celtics game.)

HiFi was pretty cool and had a nice bottle list. It's not really my kind of atmosphere though, I felt a little bit uncomfortable. I'm kind of a blue collar redneck type. :-)

On our way out we ate at Oma's Hideway in Portland. OMG one of the best meals I've ever had. If you like Malaysian style street food you need to make it a point to hit this place up. (Get reservations well ahead of time.)
Hell, I live in McMinnville, and while I know where Jae's Landing is, I've never had a urge to go there.
I won't mention who recommended it! But in fairness to them, (actually a small group of people), we were looking for a place where they might actually put the volume on at the bar, which apparently isn't easy to find in McMinnville.
Had the same issue sourcing a spot to watch a Villanova tourney game....landed at 1882 upstairs and they were accomodating.

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#35 Post by JBrochu »

Marshall Manning wrote: June 21st, 2022, 2:57 pm
JBrochu wrote: June 20th, 2022, 8:03 am Pizza Capo was fantastic. The arancini were superb. And the sausage pizza with kalamata olives, roasted fennel and ricotta was one of the greatest pizzas I've ever had.

Nick's was decent but nothing I would truly rave about. But it seems it's kind of an institution in town and we're glad we went. Ken Wright was seated near us and was treated like a rock star.

Stay far away from Jae's Landing. One of the nastiest persons I've ever come across in my life was behind the bar, and she's apparently a co-owner. (We would never have ended up in that place, but we were looking for somewhere to catch the WARRIORS! game.)

HiFi was pretty cool and had a nice bottle list. It's not really my kind of atmosphere though, I felt a little bit uncomfortable. I'm kind of a blue collar redneck type. :-)

On our way out we ate at Oma's Hideway in Portland. OMG one of the best meals I've ever had. If you like Malaysian style street food you need to make it a point to hit this place up. (Get reservations well ahead of time.)
Fixed it for you. neener
Yeah too bad Jae's Landing didn't also refuse to put the video on along with the volume!
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