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McMinnville Report, short

Steve K | Mar 22, 200604:44 PM

Quick trip to McMinnville area to a few wineries; assisted by Chowhound tips and prior experience. Lunch at Dundee Bistro was as expected - couple of good dishes, one not so good, mediocre service. DB is oriented to the tourist trade but is a good spot for a quick lunch.

Have always intended to try Nick's, but have gathered reading between the lines that it's gone downhill; Sir Loins observation a couple of weeks ago finally crossed that one off our list.

Bistro Maison was a hit. Pleasant building, warm interior, tables not as crowded as Tina's, chairs much more comfortable. Panther Creek holding court at the next table added a Sideways element.

Excellent french onion soup; escargot en croute not quite perfect. Plenty hot, but the en croute didn't make it to the crunchy state, giving it an underdone texture.

Two entrees were seriously reminiscent of a french bistro. The coq au vin was classic, and the confit de canard was even better. The menu said it was braised for 6 hours, and the meat fell from the leg bone as it should. The breast was medium rare, and the reduced orange cognac sauce was heavenly (a word I never use except, well, now). Both entrees came with pomme frittes presented in a small, heated, galvanized bucket. Best we've had since France.

Excellent and reasonably priced wine list.

Next time, in addition to returning to Bistro Maison, we plan to try The Painted Lady.

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