Chef making pasta at Parkway Grille Bar and Restaurant in Wilsonville, Oregon
Jarrod Lyman | 12/27/2021 | Wilsonville

Eat: Wilsonville

People may not associate the suburbs with a large selection of diverse dining options. But Wilsonville proves them wrong, with a wonderful array of food options perfect for any palate. Read on to find your next dining adventure.

1. Wilsonville Old Church and Pub

The McMenamins chain is renowned for taking old, past their prime buildings and revitalizing them into stunning testaments to local food and drink. Nowhere is this philosophy more readily visible than at the aptly-named Old Church And Pub. The building got its start as a church back in 1911 when it was just a few blocks from the Boone's Ferry. It was named for ferry founder and grandson to the famous Daniel Boone, Alphonso Boone. Today the building is one of the flagship locations of the McMenamins family, providing family friendly atmosphere in the restaurant and a brewery in what once served as the church's daycare. 

2. Parkway Grille

Parkway Grille is located at the Hilton Garden Inn. It's a newer addition to Wilsonville's food scene and as such, nicely incorporates the latest trends in dining. The décor is immediately comfortable and inviting, creating a space perfect for crafting memories. The kitchen uses local ingredients sourced seasonally, so the menu is representative of the best of Willamette Valley and, more broadly, Pacific Northwest cuisine. 

3. Oswego Grill

Oswego Grill got its start in Lake Oswego, naturally, and developed such a following they spread to a couple of other locations, including Wilsonville. The hardwood fired grill is the centerpiece of the kitchen, so you can imagine the menu is filled with the most tender, juiciest steaks. They also have a wonderful selection of fresh seafood, slow roasted prime rib and comfort food favorites like mac and cheese and pot pies. 

4. Corner Coffee Shoppe

Coffee has become an almost ceremonial part of our daily lives. Corner Coffee Shoppe in Wilsonville takes its part in that process very seriously. Coffee shops are gathering points in communities, and Corner Coffee embraces this, partly by being the "dog friendliest" coffee shop in town. Their coffee is also organic, and the menu features freshly made pastries, breakfasts and lunches. 

They also have a sister shop, the Sourdough Bakery, which has all sorts of old-world sourdough bread, baguettes, bagels and other wonderful baked goods, perfect to go with your coffee or to take home to enjoy later. This independent bakery was founded in Winchester Bay using a sourdough starter from the 1980s made from red grapes.

5. Vanguard Brewing

Vanguard Brewing is more than a local brewery; they're a focal point in the community. This dog friendly and veteran owned establishment has a wide selection of brews featuring year-round favorites, such as the WiggleButt IPA or Schatzie German style Pilsner, along with many more seasonal beers. They also offer ciders and wines for the non-beer drinker in the group. Plus, they're a stop on the Mt. Hood Territory Tap Trail, helping you get one more location checked off to earn that stainless steel pint glass reward. 

6. Ordnance Brewing

Ordnance Brewing's main facilities are located out in the wilds of Oregon, but they have a taproom in Wilsonville where you can sample their creations. Ordnance is owned by a family of farmers who have been growing hops throughout the Pacific northwest for generations. That same dedication to land and farm can also be tasted in every beer you sample. 

7. Dar Essalam

If you've never had the opportunity to sample Moroccan cuisine, you are seriously missing out. Dar Essalam is a truly amazing dining experience. From the moment you walk through the door, you are transported to an exotic locale. The décor, the aromas and certainly the flavors are all perfect examples of this rich culture. Moroccan food is known for deep flavors and spices, such as cumin, saffron. You'll find no subtle bites here. Anticipate big flavors that will quickly make this gem one of your favorite go-to restaurants.  

8. Abella Italian Kitchen

Abella Italian Kitchen's dedication to authentic flavors crafted from fresh ingredients gives them the coveted "legit" title in households across Mt. Hood Territory. For starters, their chicken marsala is served over a bed of capellini as it should be. The steak gorgonzola alfredo is a testament to whatever creative genius first decided to combine those ingredients, and the butternut squash ravioli is simply marvelous. Add a glass (or two) from their wine list, and you've got the makings of a perfect evening. 

9. Lux Sucre Desserts

Lux Sucre Desserts is as charming as the Charbonneau neighborhood it's located in. Plus they just dramatically increased their space, grabbing a larger unit in the same building. This bakery is renowned as a special events bakery with their mastery of wedding cakes, dessert tables and other gathering creations and is praised for their daily offerings back at the shop. Cupcakes, cookies and other delicious pastries make Lux a must-stop place, whether your looking for something sweet after eating a delicious dinner in town or if you're planning a special gathering. 

10. Pearl Bakery

True foodies know that bread is more than a vehicle to put some meat and cheese between; it can be the star of the show. Discover why at Pearl Bakery. They are passionate about their craft and know the history and the why and how of making fantastic breads. From butter croissants to savory focaccia or ciabatta rolls, you gotta try them for yourself. Use one of their creations for sandwiches, burgers or any other meal, and you'll be hard pressed to ever buy from the grocery store again. 

11. Slick's Big Time BBQ

If you love good BBQ, then Slick's Big Time BBQ is a must-visit. From the second you walk in the door you'll be greeted by the heavenly aroma that only an authentic smokehouse can provide. You'll find all the traditional favorites like pulled pork, brisket, ribs and more. They even offer vegetarian and gluten-free options so everyone in your group can have something they'll love. You can also call ahead for take-out if you'd prefer your BBQ to go. 

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