Our “Do Not Miss It” Recommendations for Wine Country
Lots of fun places to eat on Third Street in McMinnville.
For breakfast – Community Plate is a favorite, along with Red Fox Bakery. If you are open to quirky, one of our favorites is Wildwood Cafe. They make an amazing granola french toast if carbs and gluten are on the weekend agenda. Mac Daddy Donuts, a McMinnville original, is an experience for an on-the-go, no-nutritional-value breakfast or dessert for later.
For lunch/dinner/in-between – A favorite is La Rambla, a great tapas restaurant. Nick’s Italian Cafe, Pura Vida Cocina, and Bistro Maison consistently draw rave reviews. There is also a fun bar called The Conservatory (not on 3rd but close by). Also not on 3rd but close-ish, Mac Market is a fun casual spot to grab a drink and a sandwich.
Fine dining options include The Painted Lady, Recipe, and Rosmarinos. More casual options include Red Hills Market, Tina’s, Thai the Knot, Ruddick Wood, and Storr’s Smokehouse.
Earth and Sea and The Cuvee are upscale options. The Horsh Radish, Park & Main, and Carlton Bakery are more informal.
We have industry partnerships with two fantastic wineries in our area. Willakenzie Estate and Dobbes Family Estate. Willakenzie offers our guests complimentary tastings when a reservation is made on the Tock app using Porch Light as the promo code. If you decide to head that direction, we suggest a stop in Carlton at Flaneur or Carlton Winemakers Studio. There are, actually, tons of great tasting rooms in Carlton – K&M and Cathedral Ridge are both great and lunch at Park & Main or The Horse Radish is a great way to end your visit. Saffron Fields and Roots are not far from Willakenzie. On the way back, you could stop at Laurel Ridge or Penner-Ash or head to Aldelsheim.
At Dobbes Family Estate in Dundee, anyone who mentions being a Porch Light guest will receive two tastings for the price of one. If you are making the trip to Dundee, Red HIlls Market is a great place to grab a picnic lunch or eat in – it is pretty casual, but there is plenty of seating and good food. Tina’s and Dundee Bistro are sit-down and delicious! Since you are close to Newberg, could have dinner at Rosmarino’s (amazing Italian) or Recipe (gourmet American), but you will need a reservation
While in the area, definitely take time to visit Durant at Red Ridge Farms. In addition to a beautiful vineyard and a wonderful walking trail, they also boast a a a large olive grove and fresh milled olive oil. Their gift shop has a wonderful array of culinary items including their own amazing oils, locally harvested sea salt, and wine from area makers. Close to Durant, are Stoller, Remy, and Sokol Blosser wineries.
If the weather is nice, we recommend a drive over Worden Hill Road. You could start on the Carlton side and stop at Soter. Then you could head over Worden Hill and visit Furioso, Winderlea, and more. You could add Laurel Ridge or Penner-Ash onto the beginning of this trip, as well as Red Hills Market or Dundee Bistro at the end. Beaux Freses and Patricia Green are options near Penner-Ash.
Right in McMinnville, we would suggest Elizabeth Chambers as a must visit. R. Stuart and Eyrie have tasting rooms in McMinnville, too. We have heard good things about Chris James – they have a tasting room in McMinnville and a tasting room at their vineyard.