It’s 5 o’clock somewhere…

Although this blog has thus far been devoted to at-home cooking, eating alone in your kitchen 24/7 is no way to live.  In fact, such sacrifice is unnecessary.

This post, then, will be the first a series devoted to the finer side of dining, whether it’s eating out on a budget or entertaining a crowd at home.

Let’s begin.

Among the many doors that open on one’s 21st birthday is the one to a bar’s menu. And, no, this post isn’t just devoted to drinking on a dime. Your driver’s license not only allows you to purchase alcohol, but really cheap food as well.

After all, there’s a reason it’s called Happy Hour.

Making our way in and around McMinnville’s finest, let’s start with one of the most well-known — and closest — options to campus:

McMenamin’s Hotel Oregon

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Conveniently located walking distance from campus, Hotel Oregon offers patrons a variety of dining atmospheres, ranging from its indoor-outdoor Rooftop Bar to its Cellar Bar, which features live music on the weekends. Even if you’re not 21, the main floor offers the same Happy Hour menu and seating is available to all ages.

Happy Hour runs from 3 to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close (11 p.m. on weekdays, 1 a.m. on weekends). There is a minimum $2 drink purchase with items off the menu, but this includes nonalcoholic drinks as well.

Beverage options may vary depending on which area of the hotel you choose; i.e., not all beers are on tap at all levels; food menus are consistent throughout the building.

Unfortunately, some McMenamin’s most appealing items are its unhealthiest. And, while $1 Cajun tots may satisfy your wallet, they certainly aren’t nutritious; neither is the $4 cheeseburger, for that matter. However, everything is fine in moderation, and if you split an order of tots along with a Brewer’s Salad, Caesar Salad, or Hummus & Pita plate for your main dish (all of which are $2 a piece), it’s no harm no foul.

With prices so low, McMenamin’s is bustling during the hours when these deals are offered; therefore, give yourself enough time to be seated and be prepared to wait a while for your food.

Portions on the salads are on the small side (this is probably purposefully done, considering the main dinner menu that is also available), but the Garden Burger large enough to calm hunger pangs of most sizes.

Overall, the hotel’s biggest draw is its atmosphere, and it’s a perfect, affordable option for those who are looking for a place to relax and enjoy a bite in a lively place that’s a step above your average bar.

For Linfield students, it’s a must-see attraction.

So, what do you think? Comments? Opinions? Suggestions for future expeditions? Please leave them below.

Until next time!


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