Best of… McMinnville Dessert Destinations

Claire Oliver – Managing Editor.


Address: 502 NE 3rd St.
Hours: The store’s winter hours, according to its Web site, are 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday; 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Noon – 9 p.m. Sundays; closed Mondays.
Prices: Charging $5.25 for a three-scoop waffle cone, Serendipity’s definitely provides bang for your buck. Compared with its corporate competitor, Coldstone Creamery, it’s a steal.
Recommendations: Go traditional and try a banana split.
Overall: In keeping with the store’s location on historic 3rd St., Serendipity’s atmosphere successfully brings to mind old-fashioned soda shops,
complete with a tinkling player piano. It also has the menu to back it up. In fact, Serendipity’s generous portions and high-quality ingredients mean its selections are almost too rich.

Dairy Queen

Address: 1155 NW Adams St.
Hours: 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sundays – Thursdays; 10:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Prices: At $1.50 for a small Blizzard, the price is definitely right.
Recommendations: This month’s Blizzard special is a blend of crushed Oreo and cookie dough; who could resist that?
Overall: As Dairy Queen is a well-known fast-food establishment, customers know what to expect in terms of ambience. That being said, Dairy Queen is the perfect study break for starving students, especially with its drive-thru option.

Orchard’s Bistro

Address: 313 NE 3rd St.
Hours: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Mondays – Thursdays; 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Fridays – Saturdays; closed Sundays.
Prices: All menu desserts run between $5 – $7.
Recommendations: Try one of the bistro’s four different Crème Brulee options, including traditional, coffee, raspberry white chocolate or a little of everything in a flight.
Overall: As Orchard’s offers full, gourmet lunch and dinner menus, its atmosphere is best for those wishing to take time to enjoy dessert. Those seeking a faster option won’t be disappointed, though, as hand-dipped chocolates are available for sale at the Honest Chocolates counter, located at the back of the restaurant.

Coldstone Creamery

Address: 877 SW Keck Dr.
Hours: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sundays – Thursdays; 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Prices: Single-scoop, single-topping servings run about $3.50. Any of the store’s signature creations are priced at $4 and above.
Recommendations: There’s a reason Waffle-cone Wednesdays are practically a college institution.
Overall: Coldstone offers the most convenient location of the bunch, especially for those students without transportation, and its M.O. on custom orders means you can be particular. Still, the cost outweighs the worth in many cases, no matter how good the handmade Cake Batter ice cream maybe.

McMenamin’s Hotel Oregon

Address: 310 NE Evans St.
Hours: The hotel’s ground-floor pub is open 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday – Thursday; 7 a.m. – 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Food is also served in the Rooftop Bar, from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Mondays – Fridays; 11:30 a.m. – midnight Saturdays and Sundays.
Prices: Most desserts are $6.25.
Recommendations: McMenamin’s Black & Tan Brownie à la mode is sure to hit the spot.
Overall: Once again, McMenamin’s is for those looking for a dessert-dining experience. Expect a bustling atmosphere, especially upstairs. Large portions can be shared. Dessert prices don’t change during the day, but when you consider the money saved on happy-hour entrées, it makes for a sweet deal.

1 Comment on Best of… McMinnville Dessert Destinations

  1. Cold Stone wins the war of Ice Cream. Nothing even comes close!

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