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We're heading to Portland and Willamette over Labor Day weekend and I cannot wait!

I am starting my research on the meals we should have while we're in Willamette and then will focus on the ones to enjoy while in the city.

We are staying at the Alison Inn in Newberg for 3 nights, so would love to hear your favorite nearby spots for lunch and dinner. We'll be enjoying wineries a couple of the days- so imagine we can squeeze in lunch in the areas near whichever wineries we're at. Also, would like to keep the driving to dinner within a close distance to the resort so we're not driving far distances.

I thought we'd likely eat dinner 1 night at the hotel at Jory. Also, was looking at the Painted Lady and someone mentioned Dundee Bistro. What do you think of these choices? Is there something else better out there that we should try for lunch or dinner? Budget isn't a huge concern but I don't really want to do 3 formal expensive dinners either. Let me know what you think!

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

Painted Lady
201 S College St, Newberg, OR 97132

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      1. we just ate at Dundee Bistro- it was great.

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

        1. Thistle in McMinnville is wonderful. Dinner only.

          1. Great- thanks. Right now I think we're going to do dinner at Painted Lady, Dundee Bistro and Jory. Thistle looked really great but looks like it's a bit further of a drive for us.

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

            Painted Lady
            201 S College St, Newberg, OR 97132

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            1. re: ms. mika

              I don't know which wineries you plan on visiting, but if you go to Biggio Hamina Cellars tasting room, they also offer a very nice menu. Todd's wife is a trained chef and makes all the food. Todd is the winemaker. Not necessarily for dinner, but maybe a luncheon option. I have heard mixed reviews on Dundee Bistro. (BTW, I am PDX native who lives in Chicago. Have traveled extensively in the valley) You might investigate Farm to Fork in Dundee. One of the perplexing things about the valley is the dearth of really good dining options. IMHO.
              http://biggiohamina.com/joomla/