Oregon's Favorite Main Street
Summer is here, and we have completely run out of excuses for not spending more time enjoying the passing scene from one of the many sidewalk cafes and outdoor seating areas that restaurants offer in downtown McMinnville. Our sidewalk dining is open year-round in many cases, but it's not quite as hard to pass them by on a blustery day in, say, February, as it is now. Here's a list of places to catch some rays while enjoying the local fare.
CORNERSTONE COFFEE ROASTERS: Tables under a protective awning from which to partake of this coffee house's cupsa Joe, smoothies and homemade quiches.
HARVEST FRESH GROCERY & DELI: There is a salad bar and deli case inside with prepared foods, utterly addicting Cowgirl Cookies, and lots of healthy offerings to take outside and enjoy from several metal tables and chairs.
WEDNESDAY WINES: Tastes and glass pours are available from this shop on the corner of Cowls Street, with high, cocktail tables outside to watch the passing scene. Grab a cheese plate from their in-house specialty cheese counter to really get the most out of the wine.
UNION BLOCK: Another fine coffee shop with protected tables for sipping the afternoon away. Wi-Fi service is available.
SERENDIPITY ICE CREAM: What better way to spend a warm summer afternoon than by loading up scoops of their hand-dipped ice-creams and taking them outside to the tables on the south side of Evans Street; fine selection of soups and chili for lunch, too.
HOTEL OREGON: The largest selection of sidewalk tables in town wrap around this historic building front, and locals know that the outdoor rooftop bar is the place to be for summer Happy Hours. Three-meal service keeps these tables hopping all day long.
LOS MOLCAJETES: Our newest Mexican restaurant on Third Street has a fine collection of comfortable tables and chairs on the sidewalk for enjoying a combination plate and a cerveza or two.
R. STUART & CO: This popular wine bar has a few choice seats outside for tasting Rob Stuart's delicious Big Fire Pinot Gris and single-vineyard Pinot Noirs.
BISTRO MAISON: A lovely, flower-decked garden area lies beside this handsome restored and re-purposed home for chef Jean-Jacques Chatelard's sumptuous French fare.
GOLDEN VALLEY BREWERY & RESTAURANT: Get there early if you want to enjoy your house-made brews and fine burgers and family fare from the outdoor seating area; it fills up, especially on warm weekends.
The McMinnville Downtown Association works to promote and enhance our historic downtown as the economic, social and cultural heart of the community.