Planning a trip to do some wine tasting in beautiful Oregon? If so, you may want to find some good restaurants to try. Not to worry, there are many fantastic restaurants are in the area. I prefer independent restaurants that support the local farmers and offer fresh ingredients over chain restaurants, and this area is the place to find many restaurants fitting that description. Here are a few of my favorites.
The Dundee Bistro, in Dundee has been in business for 20 years and has been operated by the Ponzi family since opening. They focus on local, organic and sustainable items which are prepared under the guidance of chef Ryan Clark. The wine list is extensive and includes wines from Ponzi Vineyards as well as many other local selections. One of the things that impressed me the most about this restaurant is their partnership with a local farmer who produces organic, Non-GMO wheat for their flatbreads and pasta.
We have been here many times over the years and have never been disappointed. In fact, we ate there just last week. I had the daily special of grilled salmon with chanterelles, and my husband, theTravelersketcher had the penne with braised lamb.
We ate there in November as well and enjoyed the risotto with scallops and a flatbread. Everything we have tried here is absolutely delicious and beautifully presented.
Another one of our favorites in the area is Ruddick Wood Restaurant and Tavern in Newberg. Open since 2013 and set in a 1920s converted garage, chef Paul Losch focuses on fresh, local, ingredients prepared creatively and deliciously.
We stopped for happy hour recently and had a field greens salad with fennel and shiitake bits, and duck and oat hush puppies. Both beautifully prepared and presented.
There are many other great restaurants in the area including Red Hills Market, The Jory at the Alison Springs Hotel, Recipe, A Neighborhood Kitchen, and for great coffee and a yummy breakfast, try the Coffee Cottage in Newberg.
Have you been to any of these restaurants? If so, please leave a comment.