Ashland...anyone with an update...???
The good news, my son got into SOC (trust me, that's good news for him)...the bad news, having been to Ashland earlier this year and having read the previous threads here, it "ain't soundin' so good" in terms of food destinations...anyone with any recent suggestions for places that are "better than average" (see, I've even lowered my expectations, lol)...I'll take anything...breakfast, lunch dinner, or anywhere close to Ashland...thanks!
There is an amazing bed and breakfast called Blue Moon, our breakfast was amazing, they hire a person to come in and prepare it, and if you have any food allergies or anything they are very cool about that. Anyway, I would stay there and ask them where to eat, the guys who own it seem to have it going on. Plus, it is near a coop that sells really great organic food, some pre-prepared like PCC here. Loved that Blue Moon, plus one of the rentals has it's own kitchen. We love Ashland, but haven't been in two years, so this is my one awesome recommendation.
I'm not sure what you mean about it not sounding so good for food in Ashland...you'd be hard-pressed to find a higher concentration of good restaurants in southern Oregon. The problem that I have is that being basically a resort town, most places aren't really shy about charging for food--most of the places catering to the Shakespeare Festival crowd have entrees of $25-30 and up, for not quite the quality that you'd get in Portland for far less. So if you're looking for a good deal, it might be a little more difficult, but if you're just plain looking for better than average food there are lots of places: New Sammy's Cowboy Bistro (which is expensive but certainly worth it) in Talent, Lela's, Amuse, Winchester Inn, Tabu, Cucina Biazzi, Morning Glory, etc. My favorite place for a more affordable meal is Pilaf, but there aren't a lot of other places that I'd put in that category.
I'll add Thai Pepper, Standing Stone and Il Giardino to Nettie's list o' good places to eat. You're getting the best food between San Fransisco and Portland hands down. There are other good places, don't get me wrong, but because of the Shakespeare Festival, they have a large selection of good restos for a town their size.