During our stay in the Willamette Valley, we enjoyed some good food along with all that wine we tasted. A few of the places even warranted a second visit.
In Carlton, we grabbed a quick sandwich at Carlton Bakery. It had the typical Bakery faire with a nice sandwich menu that was perfect for a day of wine tasting. Fresh baked bread makes for good sandwiches!
The Horse Radish is also in Carlton, and talk about delicious sandwiches – these were some of the best we have ever had. I ordered the Veggie, and it was layered with thinly sliced, roasted zucchini, lettuce, tomato, pickled onions, chèvre, and Mama Lil’s spicy peppers. Oh so delicious! Of course, we had to go back a second time.
In McMinnville, we lunched at Community Plate, Pura Vida Cocina, Sage, and Valley Commissary. We recommend all of them. For dinner, we went to The Barberry twice and celebrated Jim’s birthday at Thistle. The Barberry has steak, chicken, seafood, and a vegetarian pasta dish, along with some nice appetizers and salads. The cocktail list and the wine list offer lots of variety.
From Thistle’s website:
“Our goal is to create a true Oregon dining experience and showcase the region’s bounty.”
It is a small restaurant, so reservations are highly recommended and the menu is ever-changing based on what is in season. If you are feeling adventurous, ask for the “Chef’s Whim”, and you will be served multiple courses at the chef’s discretion. We ordered off of the menu, and the portion sizes were just right – not too big, not too small, and everything was delicious!
On our last day, after wine tasting with Jay, he suggested we go to Recipe Part Deux in Newberg, a neighboring town. The original restaurant suffered a kitchen fire and is in the process of rebuilding. This spot is considered a pop-up restaurant with lots of interesting menu items made with the freshest ingredients. Highly recommended!