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McMinnville rated as one of Bon Appetit's Best Foodie Towns in America

The news almost (but not quite) made me put down the delightful raspberry and hazelnut tart that I was scarfing down at the Red Fox Bakery last week, and stand up and cheer. Bon Appetit magazine, in its annual feature on Best Foodie Towns in America, had rated McMinnville Number Two, behind only Boulder, Colorado.

We’re Number Two! We’re Number Two!

We have terrific restaurants, to be sure. There are 17 of them listed on our directory of restaurants, and I could go on at some nauseating length about the gustatory pleasures I’ve received in our downtown area, starting with the platter-sized pancakes at the Wildwood Café at one end and ending with a mug of house-brewed beer, a burger and the sensational fennel salad at the Golden Valley Brewery & Restaurant. The diversity is dazzling: Walk down Third Street and you can choose from Italian food, Japanese sushi, pizza, coffee, ice-cream, salads, Spanish tapas, Mexican, fine French cuisine and classic American fare. Oh, and Cream of Broccoli soup (our Dan Hinmon raves about it).

But more than that, we are a place that cherishes good food, good wine, and the nurturing qualities of both that extend to our families and friends. It’s no accident that the Harvest Fresh grocery store anchors a corner of our downtown, with its fine selection of fresh produce, healthy milled grains and organic meats. And that on the same block we have a thriving Farmer’s Market (through October 14th, at least), that allows local farmers and food producers to sell their wares directly.

I remember when I first moved here, and was invited to an Easter Sunday party held at the farm of the people who own and run WineWorks Oregon, which is one of several wineries in town. It was a potluck event, and I had no reason to expect anything more than hotdogs and potato chips and supermarket baked goods. Boy, was I wrong. The people arrived bearing oysters from the coast that they barbequed, rings of homemade sausage, freshly baked breads and pizzas from their ovens, cakes and pies and mounds of chopped salads, all washed down with Willamette Valley-produced beer and wine.

I knew then that I was moving to foodie heaven. It’s nice to see that the rest of the culinary world is taking notice.

The McMinnville Downtown Association works to promote and enhance our historic downtown as the economic, social and cultural heart of the community.

Upcoming Events

Aug

06

We're proud to present the 22nd Annual Brown Bag Summer Concert Series in Historic Downtown McMinnville.Thursday July 30th  US Bank Plaza. 5:30-7pm! THIS IS AN EVENING CONCERT! In case of inclement weather, concerts will move indoors to Moonlight Theater at 3rd Street Pizza Co., 433 NE Third Street.  July 30 - Western Flyers- -  One of the most exciting ...
US Bank Plaza
US Bank Plaza 97128 335 NE Third, McMinnville, OR 97128

Aug

15

What: Harvest Fest Who: Yamhill County Historical Society When: Saturday August 15 from 10-4 and Sunday August 16 from 12-4 Where: Yamhill Valley Heritage Center Museum Cost: Adults $5.00, kids under 12 free
605 Market Street P.O.Box 484 Lafayette, OR 9712

Aug

28

August 28th - 30th, : a food & wine event that celebrates Yamhill’s vibrant community of famous wineries, celebrated chefs, and sustainable family farms.
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