Portland October 26, 2017
The Tiny Town Near Portland With The Most Scrumdiddilyumptious Restaurants
Nestled in the Willamette valley, this small town is home to just under 33,000 residents, yet has a bustling restaurant scene and some of the most scrumdiddilyumptious food around. Next time you need to get away, head to Yamhill County for a day trip to experience the dining in McMinnville for a culinary treat for all the senses.
Not many small towns can rival the number of great dining destinations that McMinnville has to offer.
The city was even named by Bon Appetit as one of America's best small towns for food lovers.
McMinnville features a lovely walkable downtown with such favorites as the Crescent Cafe.
This small family-owned cafe is just one of the restaurants that gives the city its charm.
Featuring locally sourced seasonal ingredients, this cafe is top notch stop for breakfast, brunch or lunch.
This open faced omelet with pork sausage, pesto, and kalamata olives is enough to tempt your tastebuds.
Further down the street is Nick's Italian Cafe, founded in 1977 and the wine industry's go-to spot for decades.
This iconic Willamette Valley restaurant was also named one of 'America's Classics' by the James Beard Foundation.
At Nick's you will be treated to some truly sumptuous food such as this Oyster Po Boy.
If the wait is to long or you want something quick on the go, check out Nick's sister market Peirano & Daughters Market for deli sandwiches and more.
The new American restaurant Thistle also serves up some mouthwatering dishes using local and seasonal ingredients.
Seasonal menus, an expansive wine list, and craft cocktails makes this lovely stop a standout.
Bring your appetite and experience Thistle to the fullest with a prix fixe menu designed by the chef.
When its available, try the lamb or beef tartare for a well-balanced explosion of flavor.
Another McMinnville favorite is LaRambla Restaurant and Bar, a Northwest-inspired Spanish tapas spot.
For an intimate meal, this wine country stop is perfect.
Share several small plates from the hot and cold tapas menu, or choose from robust entrees to make a meal.
La Rambla's Caldo de Mariscos and Mixed Paella are worth the trip alone.
For Latin American food, Pura Vida Cocina is a gem waiting for you in McMinnville.
Serving food and drinks from Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Perú, Argentina, Ecuador, this restaurant is everything you need in flavor.
Here Chef Ricardo Antunez uses fresh, local ingredients in seasonal menus that highlight the best of the Willamette Valley.
A menu divided into smaller and larger plates makes it easy to share and try lots of great creations at this tasty stop.
These are just a few of the amazing restaurants waiting for you in Mcminnville.
There are so many more to explore, so what are you waiting for?
What is your favorite place to eat in McMinnville? Let us know in the comments below.