re: Emily Ford
Emily - if you are a professional CH, please see if you can get into these two:
Peerless Restaurant (under new chef direction, but nice)
New Sammy's Cowboy Bistro
2210 S. Pacific Hwy
Talent (just north of Ashland
New Sammy's is a very small, cozy restaurant in an unlikely location. The wine list is remarkable and the cuisine not something you expect to find in the location. This was a recommendation of the sommelier from Higgins in Portland, OR.
I don't think you would be disappointed in either.
Hi Emily, things don't change much in the winter. It's townie time.
If you're passing through in February, Omar's has Fresh Live Oyster Month-
"At least 6 varieties of fresh Pacific and Puget Sound in-shell oysters, prepared in a variety of styles."
Morning Glory for Breakfast,
And the Bar Eats at the Peerless and Omar's are both worth a detour.
Concur on Thai Pepper.
Inti's for Tacos in Talent.
Also-Elements in DT Medford where Samovar used to be.
A Wine and Tapas Bar.Haven't been, but reports are good.
Given it's the off-season, this may not be of concern to you, and it's possible that things have changed in recent years, but I and my friends had to give up on Thai Pepper a long time ago because, no matter how early we went to the restaurant, the service was so slow that we were always worried that we wouldn't make it to the theatre before curtain.
Note also that our last experience at Chateaulin was pretty disappointing. We'd had some great meals there, but two summers ago it seemed distinctly lackluster. I suspect this is a minority opinion, but I thought I'd throw it out there.
I'll agree with both those comments--we stopped going to Thai Pepper several years ago, I think because of bad service (it's been so long now that I don't remember the actual infraction!). We often go to Chateaulin for drinks after the shows, and it seems like they haven't changed their dessert menu in the 10+ years we've been going there. I think we don't go there for dinner because it doesn't seem terribly interesting.
Thai Pepper on main street. More fusin than straight thai, but very nice. Try the Tiger Rolls.
Standing Stone Brewery. Good mix of good beer and good food. Most brew pubs seem to do one or the other, well, but not both. SS does decent for both.
Beasy's on the Creek. My personal favorite.
Chateaulin. The nicest atmosphere.