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Tripper Jul 7, 2010 06:25 AM

We will be spending a week at the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon later this month. We have searched the board and reviewed prior posts old and new. We will probably have dinner and lunch out four or five times and breakfast twice. We enjoy all cuisines and would prefer to have a variety of price ranges, not fine dining every night. For dinner we have been considering The Winchester, The Loft, Sesame, Blue and Chateaulin. For lunch New Sammy's, Agave, Greenleaf and Allysons. Have we missed any you would recommend? Any on our list you would not advise? Thanks!

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Chateaulin Restaurant
50 E Main St, Ashland, OR 97520

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    PaqpIn RE: Tripper Jul 7, 2010 12:18 PM

    Have a great time. The plays we have seen thus far in the season at OSF have been great. Looking forward to seeing the rest of them.

    As to dining:
    New Sammy's is excellent and worth the trip if you have time. I am not a fan of Chateaulin, but I do not like french food. If you do, it is worth a visit.
    Greenleaf - also not a fan, but that is because it is a little hippy/crunchy for my taste. My husband and family really like it and they do have good pie. The balcony upstairs is a nice place to eat.
    Sesame: below average Asian food in my experience. A much better choice (especially if you like sushi) is:
    Hana's. http://hana-sushi.net/index.htm Good service, a nice selection and good food.
    Agave is very good if you like tamales. It is small and can be crowded, but is worth a stop.
    Brother's is a good place for breakfast or lunch and a nice alternative to Greenleaf. http://www.brothersrestaurant.net/ It can also be crowded.
    And of course for us it would not be trip to Ashland without stopping at the Black Sheep. It is open late if you want to grab something after the plays and has really quite good food. Not just your typical British pub grub. It can be a little loud later on weekend nights, but for dining at lunch or before a play it is quite sane and a nice place to hang out.
    http://www.theblacksheep.com/

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    Chateaulin Restaurant
    50 E Main St, Ashland, OR 97520

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      runninrob RE: Tripper Jul 7, 2010 02:35 PM

      I wouldn't waste your time with Chateaulin either. I like French but find the whole experience too stuffy and predictable. I'd suggest you include Blue--Greek on Granite rather than the Loft. If money isn't a worry, I'd head to Sammy's for dinner. The wine/food matchings are superb. I'm not a big fan of The Loft. You might try Liquid Assets for a dinner or lunch. We like the lighter plates experience. You might also consider Lelas on A Street. I haven't been for a while but it has been good. For lunch, Morning Glory out by SOU is one of the best. The Indian place on Water Street is good if you like Indian. It's the only spicy food for hundreds of miles ;-)

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      Chateaulin Restaurant
      50 E Main St, Ashland, OR 97520

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        Tripper RE: runninrob Jul 8, 2010 09:11 AM

        Thank you both for the suggestions and critique. I checked out the Black Sheep menu...looks wonderful...any favorites? This is our first trip to Ashland...what is SOU where Morning Glory is located.

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        Morning Glory
        1149 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland, OR 97520

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          bbqboy RE: Tripper Jul 8, 2010 02:04 PM

          SOU is Southern Oregon University. Morning Glory sits across from it on Siskiyou.

          Deux Chats Bakery on A street is worth a stroll. I like Tease on Main for small Plates.
          If you want a true Southern Oregon experience, head to Talent and eat at Arbor House.
          Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, dinners are 2 for $30. Local produce fish and mushrooms. Winchester Inn is too stuffy for me.

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          Morning Glory
          1149 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland, OR 97520

          Arbor House Restaurant
          103 W Wagner St, Talent, OR 97540

          Winchester Inn
          35 S 2nd St, Ashland, OR 97520

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            PaqpIn RE: Tripper Jul 11, 2010 06:01 PM

            The bangers and mash are good and my husband loves the steak and kidney pie. The scones are worth the wait if you like that sort of thing.

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            Windy RE: runninrob Jul 11, 2010 12:20 PM

            Have you been to Chateaulin lately? Today's NY Times has an article on Ashland restaurants (which recommends Blue) and mentions a change of ownership and some redecorating since last year.

            I ate there in April 2009 and had a fine meal, but the atmosphere and menu were definitely like a French restaurant (in the US) from when I was a little girl.

            I'll add that my favorite food things in Ashland are from visiting local wineries and from the farmers' market. I'm a huge fan of Penninton Farms' jams (either the Ashland or Medford markets) and of Rogue Creamery in Central Point. Lillebelle Chocolates is right next door. Their cayenne caramels and berry truffles are worth the 7-hour drive.

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            Chateaulin Restaurant
            50 E Main St, Ashland, OR 97520

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              Tripper RE: Windy Jul 12, 2010 06:06 AM

              I noticed the NY Times article yesterday...perfect timing! Thanks...

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                syrahgirl RE: Tripper Jul 12, 2010 02:25 PM

                We have been to Chateaulin several times, but not since the change of ownership, I love it there! There is also Peerless in Ashland where I would suggest you try, the food is amazing and there is an outdoor patio here here, also. Lark's @ the Ashland Springs Hotel is very good, we had lunch there a couple of times this past year, the Talapia and Salmon served there are very good. Go across the street to the ice cream shop and try their Chocolate, Raspberry and Huckleberry ice cream. I would not miss the Rogue Creamery, also. We always stop here on our way over to the coast to pick up cheeses for our trip. Lille Belle's is a fantastic suggestion, it's another place we don't miss when in the area. Have a great time in Ashland! :)

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                Chateaulin Restaurant
                50 E Main St, Ashland, OR 97520

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                hazelhurst RE: Windy Jul 14, 2010 12:31 PM

                I am going up in August and just found out Chateaulin had been sold earlier this year. There has been some sort of powerplay thing going on for awhile. From what I can tell, the Wine Shoppe next door has been made into--or includes-- some sort of tapas bar and serves throughout the day. Some of the "french style" has supposedly been kept. Looks like several venerable players are still there but there is an effort to be "forward-looking" I will find out soon enough.

                Your comment about French restuarans when you were a girl evokes the same thing from my boyhood..1960's New York French. It is still fun stuff. Chateuline is one of the last US places I have seen still using the escargot en chambre, a highlight of the Old Style

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                Chateaulin Restaurant
                50 E Main St, Ashland, OR 97520

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                  Windy RE: hazelhurst Jul 14, 2010 07:59 PM

                  Yup, 1960s NY French = escargot, duckling l'orange, chocolate mousse, and Mouton Cadet (for the grown ups).

                  Although it wasn't Liberty™ duck breast or Berkshire pork chops then.

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                    Tripper RE: Windy Jul 25, 2010 05:30 PM

                    Thank you to everyone for their suggestions. For breakfast Breadboard was very good. The only disappointment there was the fresh squeezed OJ...it wasn't. But all in all a very nice breakfast. Lunch at Greenleaf was good... Dinner at Arbor House was a real treat...thanks bbqboy! Owned by a family from NYC who moved to Oregon in 1974 to open an alternative school...opened a restaurant instead. Walls are covered with 1970's photos of their friends. Had wonderful bruschetta, spicy snapper, excellent breads, and very nice salad. Everything was fresh, flavorful and well prepared. The CO-OP had some wonderful bargain wines that we stocked up on...discount for full cases. Well...those were the highlights. Thanks to everyone who helped us plan!

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                    Arbor House Restaurant
                    103 W Wagner St, Talent, OR 97540

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                      Jel212 RE: Tripper Aug 13, 2010 11:20 AM

                      I didn't see that $30 deal on Arbor House's website - are you sure it's still offered?

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                      Arbor House Restaurant
                      103 W Wagner St, Talent, OR 97540

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                        syrahgirl RE: Jel212 Jan 31, 2011 09:58 AM

                        Arbor House sounds good, we were in Ashland last week, enjoyed a great stay at Country Willows Bed and Breakfast there. For dinner we went to Liquid Assets Wine Bar. The duck there was awesome, so was the Warm Goat Cheese salad. We did a flight of red wines, all so good! Musicians were playing when we arrived. This is a great place to dine, and they are open late, even in the winter months! :)

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                        Arbor House Restaurant
                        103 W Wagner St, Talent, OR 97540

                        Liquid Assets Wine Bar
                        96 N Main St, Ashland, OR 97520

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                          shades RE: Jel212 Jul 19, 2011 10:41 AM

                          found this off google searching:

                          http://www.insiderpages.com/latest_co...

                          hope this works, we may try to use it tomorrow night when we arrive in medford, but not sure if we'll be there early enough. I'll let you know if it works.

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                            bbqboy RE: shades Jul 20, 2011 05:28 PM

                            call leah and telll her the situation.They are
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                            I love the place..

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                corywest RE: Tripper Feb 18, 2012 11:05 AM

                I ate at Chateaulin last night and was disappointed. Service and environment were ok - a little aloof, but professional. The food, however, was a mixed experience, some of it terrible. The salad maison and beet salad were enjoyable. But the filet was a bit gray with no real crust and no actual poivre despite the billing as steak au poivre. It was inoffensive at best - bland at worst. The coq au vin was literally a tough chicken leg served on a scoop of mashed potatoes - awful. This was bistro food cooked by someone who has never had it. I can't recommend it.

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                  randeebin RE: Tripper Aug 12, 2013 04:52 PM

                  Just got back from Ashland and our favorite meal was at Amuse. Lovely, creative, fresh delicious. Can't wait to go back again next year. Breakfast at Greenleaf was also delicious.

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                    bbqboy RE: randeebin Aug 12, 2013 05:37 PM

                    Thanks. Did you hit any new spots?

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