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worldsgreatestmom Aug 21, 2009 02:23 PM

Any new promising new restaurants or established restaurants blazing new paths in Ashland Oregon?

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    Starkmann Aug 21, 2009 02:37 PM

    I gotta go with that Thai restaurant at the south end of the town. Can't remember its name (House of Thai...or, wait, is that the one at the north end of the town? I can't remember). Either way, it's killer!


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    1. re: Starkmann
      lmcsherr Mar 6, 2010 09:30 AM

      If it's the one by the creek, it's Thai Pepper.

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      PaqpIn Aug 22, 2009 07:54 AM

      Not sure how new you mean, but Hana is fairly new and has very good sushi and other Japanese and Korean food. It is on the Plaza and the service is reasonably good and it is a nice place to go. http://www.passport2ashland.com/article_3101.html

      Agave is also not really new (couple years old), but has some great basic Mexican food. http://agavetaco.net/

      There is a new Mexican place BZ' Last Stand - also on the plaza. Have not had a chance to try it yet, but the menu looked good.

      There is a new Vietnamese place going in where Katwalk used to be. Not sure if it is open yet.

      And it would not be an Ashland post without mentioning the Black Sheep. In all our 20 years going to Ashland this is the first place we go and can usually be found there at least once a day. It is a great place to hang out and if you are looking for interesting British Pub food (actually possible here) it is well worth your time. It can be loud - especially at night, but well worth stopping in. http://www.theblacksheep.com/

      1. bbqboy Aug 22, 2009 08:57 AM


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          runninrob Aug 23, 2009 08:41 AM

          Hi Mom,
          I wouldn't waste anytime on Asian food in Ashland. None of it stands up to anything north or south of here. Truly one of our great losses moving to Ashland.
          In-so-far as new, yes, Boy is right to point out Palace Cafe. Can't say I've been nor have I heard much about it. Isn't a good sign necessarily. Sesame opened up on the Plaza. See first note above. New mex and sushi on plaza but nothing promising. We were at Peerless recently and came away impressed. They do some small plates at the bar which are nice.
          New Sammy's is open for lunch now.
          Elements in Medford is worth a try if you're up that direction.

          That's about all to report.


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          1. re: runninrob
            Starkmann Aug 23, 2009 12:12 PM

            runninrob said: "I wouldn't waste anytime on Asian food in Ashland."

            Are...are you kidding me? That Thai place on the south side of the city is fabulous. The Tom Kha Gai soup is out of this world. Period! The Pad Thai is fabulous as well. Maybe you haven't eaten at the place I'm thinking of, but there's no way it falls into the "I wouldn't waste anytime on Asian food in Ashland."


            1. re: Starkmann
              runninrob Aug 23, 2009 04:00 PM

              I've eaten a lot of Asian in the Bay Area, PDX and in Thailand and my sentiments regarding House of Thai still stand. It's mediocre at best. Fabulous, no.
              Sorry but we disagree.

              1. re: runninrob
                bbqboy Aug 23, 2009 04:05 PM

                the only thai I like is bangkoks benny in Talent.
                She makes tasty soups.
                Someone could make a killing in the RV if they would open a nice asian place.
                Rumor has it we will get a korean place where hungry woodsman used to be.

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            huruta Aug 28, 2009 07:53 PM

            Well, New Sammy's Cowboy Bistro in Talent, OR just outside of Ashland is a wonderful dining experience. Fantastic food focused on new American more or less that is beautifully prepared. Its a husband-wife combo with an interesting history of a failed restaurant in CA that led them to France for several years before making a quiet (and then not so quiet with acclaim) return to the US. He manages the wine which is not super marked up. Our experience there isn't recently (~3 years ago) but we'd grab the chance to go again.

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            1. re: huruta
              runninrob Sep 3, 2009 05:09 PM

              Open for lunch as well. Their burger is a must. Expensive but well worth it.

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              cheeseandwine Sep 5, 2009 11:35 PM

              As a former resident of Ashland, I would say the best restaurant in Ashland, is at Cucina Biazzi. Summer time outside might be nice, but I love the intimate feeling of the restaurant from fall to spring. Pangea is great for a wrap or soup. Morning Glory for breakfast ( also love the juevos rancheros at the bread board on the north side of town). House of Thai is great contrary to other posts. There are some good places to eat on and around the Plaza, but for my money, the best places are slightly farther afield.

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              1. re: cheeseandwine
                hautefood42 Jan 9, 2010 10:42 AM

                What would ashland residents think of a quality southeast asian restaurant in the railroad district of ashland. Yes or No.

                1. re: hautefood42
                  bbqboy Jan 9, 2010 01:08 PM

                  It is what Ashland and the Rogue Valley needs.
                  I'll ask your question on our local forum too.
                  Surprising , given the Number of Asian folks in the area, that we are stuck with so many
                  boring Chinese places. I say yes.

                  1. re: bbqboy
                    syrahgirl Jan 31, 2010 12:20 PM

                    We have dined at New Sammy's Bistro twice for lunch, our last visit this past summer was awesome! I had a Ravioli dish that was like none other. You could tell that the pasta was homemade and so fresh, I try to schedule all of our trips through Ashland to hit New Sammy's at lunch time. Their new dining room is very pretty with copper table tops and fresh flowers. Our server is very good about giving wine suggestions for each entree. We also love Chateaulin, Peerless, Lark's, Amuse, Winchester Inn and Liquid Assets in Ashland. Liquid Assets is open late for dinner, that's nice! :)

                    1. re: syrahgirl
                      lmcsherr Mar 6, 2010 09:33 AM

                      As a note: Chateaulin is closed-- for remodeling I believe. It was due to open in late Feb (2010), but hadn't yet when we were there in early March.

                  2. re: hautefood42
                    runninrob Jan 31, 2010 12:45 PM

                    Yes, of course. We've seen a new asian come into town, but sadly it's more of the same. We need a quality, reasonably priced, and true to the restaurant's cuisine. Some of the problem is the lack of specialty produce that gets here. That being said, it should be possible. I'd love to see one of the good Eugene places move down here, or better yet, something from the Bay Area.

                    1. re: runninrob
                      bbqboy Feb 1, 2010 06:43 AM

                      Hey RR, have you tried Red Hibiscus?

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                        runninrob Feb 3, 2010 04:37 PM

                        Haven't yet. The menu doesn't do much for me. Hawaiian food? I'm not much of a lunch person. It's the food/wine parings that get me going.
                        Never saw a review of the Merlin place you mentioned. Ever get there?

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