Photo of Dayton's Sokol Blosser Winery courtesy Pouregon via Flickr
Is the Willamette Valley experiencing a restaurant boom? The Walnut City Kitchen unfortunately shuttered over the winter, but since the casual winos stopped flocking to the region at the end of summer 2013, no fewer than eight new restaurants and bars have popped up in the cities of McMinnville, Dundee, Carlton, and Newberg, with some major new projects promised in the coming months (the still-under-development KAOS Wine Village plans two separate restaurants and a dozen food and wine stalls in downtown McMinnville).
In case you're planning to head south for the annual Memorial Weekend in the Wine Country, here's a look at the brand-new dining options that have sprouted up since last year's event. (Can't make this weekend in wine country? Make up for it at one of Portland's eight other booze events on tap for this May and June.)
(And because it's a holiday weekend, here's one bonus tip: Downtown Carlton food cart Henry's Diner, which debuted in March 2013, was slightly too old for the map but was hailed as one of Michael Russell's top brunches of the year.)
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