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Portland and Willamette Valley restaurant recs?

stever70 Jul 27, 2010 08:41 AM

My wife and I are spending a couple days in Portland and a day in the Willamette Valley in November. Any suggestions on where to eat in both places? My wife eats seafood, but not meat...I'll eat anything. Someplace distinctly Oregon that's focused on local ingredients.

Also, if anyone has recommendations on which wineries to visit and even a nice but not too expensive place to spend a night in the wine country, we'd be most appreciative. Thanks!

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    aplyley Jul 27, 2010 10:23 PM

    Hi Stever,

    Here's a few recent threads that cover favorites in Portland and the Willamette Valley to get you started. Portland restaurants, regardless of cuisine, are pretty focused on local/seasonal foods and are accustomed to feeding non-meat-eaters. You'll have a lot to choose from!


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      syrahgirl Jul 27, 2010 10:54 PM

      We were just in Newburg at The Allison Inn & Spa, there is a great restaurant there called Jory that I highly recommend you try. Painted Lady is also supposed to be very good in Newburg. We did some wine tasting at Stoller Vineyards and Domaine Serene. Some amazing Pinot Noir is produced in this area. Other favorites: Archery Summit, Domaine Drouhin, Sokol Blosser, Torii Mor, Ponzi and if you go to Carlton, don't miss a visit to Scott Paul, a smaller venue with some awesome Pinot Noir! :)

      Domaine Serene
      6555 NE Hilltop Ln, Dayton, OR

      Painted Lady
      201 S College St, Newberg, OR 97132

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      cobpdx Aug 15, 2010 09:26 AM

      For the willamette valley portion of your trip: Thistle in McMinnville is excellent (stay at 3rd Street Flats); all food is sourced from within 40 miles of the restaurant. Reservations needed. Nick's Italian Cafe is also an option in McMinnville. Farm to Fork in Dundee (stay on site at the hotel there). Jory at the Allison is supposed to be good, but to stay overnight is $300+, so it depends what your definition of "not too expensive" is.

      Nick's Italian Cafe
      521 NE 3rd St, McMinnville, OR 97128

      1. jtwjrnnc Aug 19, 2010 12:25 PM


        I did the same tour in May. The places I ate at in Portland that I would recommend are, Andina (lunch), authentic Peruvian food. The Urban Farmer in the Nines Hotel for lunch and/or dinner. Ten01 was excellent as well as Beast. In the Valley I can not recommend the Jory at the Allison. I had a bad experience which was confirmed by locals and heard there has been a few head chefs breeze through there in a short period of time. The Painted Lady is a must. Dundee Bistro is good. Wineries: Adelsheim, Domaine Serene, White Rose, Carlton Winemakers Studio, Sokol Blosser. I can't recommend Tori Mor, wasn't the easiest place to get to and the wine was disappointing once we got there.

        Domaine Serene
        6555 NE Hilltop Ln, Dayton, OR

        Andina Restaurant
        1314 NW Glisan, Portland, OR 97209

        Dundee Bistro
        100A SW 7th St, Dundee, OR 97115

        Painted Lady
        201 S College St, Newberg, OR 97132

        Urban Farmer
        525 SW Morrison St., Portland, OR 97204

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          tmav Oct 17, 2010 12:07 PM

          We were just up in the Willamette Valley in August and stayed at the Inn at Red Hills in Dundee. Nice, reasonable, well-located. Their restaurant, Farm to Fork, is excellent and serves delicious breakfast as well as dinner. (We were wine tasting during lunch!) The seafood was delicious. Thistle in McMinnville is also very good. Both are well-priced.

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            stever70 Nov 24, 2010 07:24 AM

            Just an update for anyone checking this thread in the future. Here's a rundown of where we ate and what we thought:

            Wildwood - very good
            Paley's Place - also very good, but not mind-blowing
            Le Pigeon - absolutely amazing, perhaps the best meal of the trip

            Jory at the Allison Inn - outstanding
            Thistle - very good, but there were out of a few things and the menu is VERY short

            Thanks again for all the suggestions!

            Le Pigeon
            738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

            Paley's Place
            1204 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

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            1. re: stever70
              syrahgirl Dec 7, 2010 07:32 AM

              Glad you enjoyed Jory! We also love Le Pigeon! :)

              Le Pigeon
              738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

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