Notes from The Willamette Valley: French Foodie Finds

Looking for the perfect venue to regain your equilibrium after  a day slogging through the tasting rooms of The “WV” (Willamette Valley)? Try Recipe,  a cozy, unpretentious French restaurant in the heart of downtown Newberg that offers tasty, sustainable French fare and wines at reasonable prices,  served by knowledgable, passionately professional staff.

No, this is not an infomercial. Just appreciation for the beauty of a simply prepared sole served with local fresh green beans, frisée and hazelnuts, paired with a Kermit Lynch vin de pays Chardonnay Viognier – a welcome respite  from pinot palate overload.Leave room for dessert, such as the port and pear concoction served with marcona pound cake and gelato.

For the Carlton crowd, try Cuvée, a discretely elegant jewel-box of a bistro. Ask for the effervescent Felipe, who waits upon you in the old style French tradition – the check tallied by hand and presented at meal’s end.

Bon Appétit!

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