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Statesman Journal mentions Atticus Hotel

March 26, 2019

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Seared sea scallops at Red Hills Kitchen, a new restaurant at the Atticus Hotel in McMinnville from Chef Jody Kropf. (Photo: Zachary Goff Photography)

Seared sea scallops at Red Hills Kitchen, a new restaurant at the Atticus Hotel in McMinnville from Chef Jody Kropf. (Photo: Zachary Goff Photography)

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.

Not Rosé (gin, elderflower, berry syrup, and lemon juice with sparkling wine), a cocktail at Red Hills Kitchen, the new restaurant in McMinnville's Atticus Hotel. (Photo: Zachary Goff)

Not Rosé (gin, elderflower, berry syrup, and lemon juice with sparkling wine), a cocktail at Red Hills Kitchen, the new restaurant in McMinnville’s Atticus Hotel. (Photo: Zachary Goff)

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)

The retail area at Red Hills Kitchen, the new restaurant in McMinnville's Atticus Hotel. (Photo: Zachary Goff Photography)

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.