Red Hills Kitchen, a Dundee favorite’s sophisticated second act, opens in McMinnville
Jody Kropf, chef-owner of Dundee’s Red Hills Market, and his wife, Michelle Kropf, have, with the help of their family, opened Red Hills Kitchen in McMinnville’s Atticus Hotel.
The new restaurant represents a second project for the couple, who first opened Red Hills Market in Dundee in 2011. It remains a favorite for casual, counter-service dining featuring wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, and salads made with locally-sourced ingredients.
Their goal at Red Hills Kitchen is to apply the same style of cooking, but with a little more polish, towards table service dining and all-day menus.
There’s no pizza to be had, but flame-kissed flavors are to be expected thanks to the installation of a charcoal-burning Josper oven. At every meal, there are vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.
Breakfast means buttermilk biscuits with chorizo gravy, wild mushrooms, and poached eggs ($14) or the “soon to be classic” french toast with lemon curd, blueberries, hazelnuts and maple syrup ($13). Add a bucket of mini doughnuts for $8.
The retail area at Red Hills Kitchen, the new restaurant in McMinnville’s Atticus Hotel.
The retail area at Red Hills Kitchen, the new restaurant in McMinnville’s Atticus Hotel. (Photo: Zachary Goff Photography)
At happy hour, snack on crispy baby artichokes with saffron-chili aioli ($10) or deviled eggs with smoked steelhead roe and Oregon coast wasabi ($6) while sipping on one of two draft cocktails: a Vesper (AKA the martini James Bond orders in Casino Royale) or a Manhattan.
The dinner menu, which includes seared scallops with parsnips and celeriac ($29) or an oven-grilled NY strip steak with mashed potatoes and asparagus ($34), is where that charcoal oven really shines.
An extensive 17 item cocktail list means that you could easily just stop in for a drink as well. And the restaurant space, filled with muted hues of sage is elegant and contemporary.
Red Hills Market is known for being a premium pit stop for wine country picnicking. Similarly, Red Hills Kitchen has a small bottle shop and retail section offering treats, beverages, and grab-and-go snacks.