In Yamhill Valley, new and exciting restaurants sprout like grapevines.
In a Victorian house in Newberg, Recipe welcomes guests with a menu offering steelhead mousse and leg of venison. In McMinnville, The Barberry sets out salmon crudo and a thick range of locally raised steaks.
It comes as no surprise to anyone who knows the talent in the area that the established and revered restaurants here are sending out flourishing offshoots. Dayton’s Joel Palmer House has opened The Barlow Room, which is more casual in atmosphere, but serious about elk lasagna and rabbit pot pie.
In Newberg, Allen Routt turns from The Painted Lady’s elegant menu to let out his inner Southerner with the Storrs Smokehouse barbecue joint. The landmark Nick’s Italian Café in McMinnville has sprouted Peirano & Daughters Market next door, which will bountifully outfit your picnic as well as serving food to guests on the premises. In Dundee, Red Hills Market, Dundee Bistro and the new ownership at Tina’s keep finding more ways to blossom. That’s what happens in an amazingly fertile valley.