USk: Nick’s Italian Cafe, McMinnville

W15 2 13 USK Nick's McMinnville 005

W15 2 13 USK Nick's McMinnville 001McMinnville Oregon is a sleepy
town with great places to eat, and a wonderful art store (Merriartist) which is staffed by people who either know the products or say they don’t, a refreshing change from overly huge chain stores
that teach the employees to say things that make them sound stupid if you know anything at all about the products.  We had not heard do of Nick’s Italian Cafe, but it was the only place still open other than McMenamins.  The restaurant was elegant, simple, feeling a bit NYC-ish.  The design statement was the undulating wall of cut barrels that created the wood treatment, and simple white tablecloths with a single red rose on each tabletop.

W15 2 13 USK Nick's McMinnville 002Mitchell craved a cheeseburger.   I am
not a big fan and they never are very good out.  I ordered a pear/Gorgonzola/caramelized onion thin crust pizza and a Caesar’s salad.  We decided to split everything, to taste.  OMIGOD!  I said that about the very good salad and pizza with wood-fired crust.  Then I said it like a mantra over the cheeseburger.  Again and again.  Beef ground in-house, and the meat perfectly prepared.  Heaven!  The reason you eat beef is the flavor should be as good as anything you top it with.  No salt + pepper on the table which I often find pretentious but not here, nope, no need.  Thin sliced onions, tomato, lettuce and goop all added up to perfection.

I want it for my birthday dinner.  I sketched and lightly inked while they twisted our arms to try chocolate pudding and a latte.  Watercolors and detailed ink added in my studio.

W15 2 13 USK Nick's McMinnville 003

Drawn in an Strathmore Mixed Media journal with Pentalic graphite pencil,
various pens including the Platinum Carbon Pen + ink, and with De Artramentis Document ink (black), and Daniel Smith watercolors.


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6 Responses to USk: Nick’s Italian Cafe, McMinnville

  1. Sammy D. says:

    Yum !!!! I love every food item you mentioned !


  2. Wow! I’m drooling! Sounds like a fabulous meal. I would ask that for my birthday dinner, too. Don’t you just love it when you find a place that takes pride in whatever they do? whether it’s art supplies or food?


  3. Great sketches Katie, you’re making me hungry. McMinnville is the home of the Spruce Goose!


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