Sunday, October 30, 2011
Dining Out: The Horse Radish, Carton, OR
While we were a bit anti-Pinot upon first moving to Oregon, we are still discovering little wine towns that exceed our expectations. We spent a lovely Sunday afternoon in Carlton, OR in early September. Great Pinot Noirs as well as varietals from Southern Oregon that were the topic of conversation all day. The heat was still present, but the first apples were starting to fall from the trees.
After a few wine tastings we wondered into The Horse Radish (mostly because of it's great name). A cute little wine and cheese bar turned restaurant. Most of their offerings came locally from Northwest growers and dairy farms. What a perfect little hide-away of a deli. The out-door seating sealed the deal.
Of course their water was served in a wine bottle. The service was beyond courteous- our server was fantastic and treated us like we were locals.
We started with a small meat and cheese plate: Salami Toscano, Cypress Grove's Truffle Tremor, Brindisi's Aged White Cheddar and fig dipping sauce, all served with a lovely baguette.
Seeing this was just a light lunch (there was more wine to be had), we split their turkey and melted swiss on foccacia with mild banana peppers. It was the perfect bite with the crunchy potato chips. I never eat potato chips really, but these just hit the spot.
Anyway, if you're in Carlton looking for lunch this is where you go. Not to mention several lovely tasting rooms just a hop, skip and a jump away!