Deux Chats Bakery is a family-owned bakery - Michelle does the baking, and Garrett runs the business end - that sells wonderful baked goods: flaky almond croissants, pecan sticky buns, chewy cookies, and fresh fruit galettes. Their bread menu includes flavorful rustic breads like ciabatta, buckwheat walnut bread, sprouted whole wheat, and traditional baguettes.
I took two loaves of their O Bread (organic whole wheat flour, Yukon Gold potatoes, Pacific Northwest honey, poppy and sesame seeds) to a group dinner, and people were almost fighting each other to get the last piece.
They're open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 7:30 am - 2:00 pm. Stop by and buy something to munch on - you won't regret it! They often sell out before closing time, so go early or call ahead.
Oregon coffee houses are ubiquitous in Ashland, and yet coffee alone isn't much of a breakfast. Same is true for what the pastry shops offer in town. Brothers Restaurant though has evolved from the old fashioned breakfast dinner motif into the modern practical breakfast house that offers a huge selection of favorite and familiar egg and other dishes at an affordable price. The restaurant has four tables on the sidewalk, a first floor, and even a mezzanine of tables inside. This place is busy, but the service is efficient and skilled. It's a practical way to start a long day of sightseeing around town.
Bernard Pradel, a close friend of mine, opened this restaurant more than 30 years ago when he was only 21. A recent emmigrant from France, he had originally wanted to simply open a sandwich shop, as he didn't have any chef skills nor really any practical wine experience. But when he applied for a beer and wine license, the judge remarked at the time that Ashland needed a French restaurant and that he should open one. His youth and French accent attracted the amusement of the Portland press at the time. Bernard was faced with a great challenge though, as he poured over French cookbooks hoping to find receipes he could master. He called home to friend begging for help. His opening night was something of a disaster as he couldn't keep up with the demand. This plot would fit well as either a Shakespearian comedy or tragedy, but in the end comedy won out, and Bernard did well. In fact, his receipes became sought after, and David Taub, an employee was inspired to become trained in New York. David Taub, is now current co-owner along with another former employee of Pradel, Jason Doss. See weblink below for more details on this Ashland classic.
Bring your appetite to Pasta Piatti -- their servings are huge. I liked the food, which is nouveau Italian, as well as the relaxed atmosphere and the attention our waiter gave us. I didn't want a drink and said, "Just ice water, please." He asked if I'd like some lemon with that and brought two wedges in a dish. I thought it was a nice gesture.
We were there for dinner, but they also do lunch and takeout.
Favorite Dish: I had homemade cheese tortellini in a cream sauce, with green peas and bits of pancetta. It was very rich, and there was so much of it that I took 3/4 of it home with me.
My husband had the chicken parmigiana, which he liked very much.
Desserts (which we were much too full to consider) included spumoni, gelato, tiramisu, cherry cake, and melted-center chocolate cake.
Zoey's Cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The first time we visited Ashland, we were there at lunchtime, but on that particular day the temperature soared to over 100 degrees F, so their homemade ice cream was more appealing than a sandwich. There is seating inside the cafe, in air-conditioned comfort, and outside under umbrella tables.
Favorite Dish: The ice cream menu for the day included the standard vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate, as well as more exotic flavors like Southern peach, Oregon blueberry, mocha, and ginger. I can recommend the Oregon bing cherry, the Caribbean coconut gelato, and their old-fashioned root beer floats.
Greenleaf has been in Ashland for over twenty years! The owner is there every morning, usually greeting you at the door!
It is located on the plaza, and Ashland Creek runs along the back. When the weather permits, you can sit outside by the creek, or on thier upstairs balcony overlooking the creek! It's beautiful.
The food is all made to order, they have great salads and their salmon is to die for. Everything is really fresh.
Favorite Dish: Salmon with Picatta Sauce. It comes with veggies and a side of your choice (mashed potatoes are the best!) The salmon is grilled, then topped with a picatta sauce, which is a little lemony and so good!
The Peerless just seems to get better and better over the years. The ambiance here is casual elegance and there is an outdoor patio area to dine alfresco when the weather is nice. The menus change frequently and everything is always very fresh and perfectly prepared.
The service is very accomodating and you can tell the staff here enjoys what they do. This is definitely one of the finer places to dine in Ashland.
Favorite Dish: The Crab Couquettes, the Duck, Quail Appetizer, all desserts, the Fresh King Salmon when it is offered.
This restaurant may have closed permanently in 2002. I'll leave this listing until I find out for sure.
Friendly, decor based on London underground (subway) theme, often frequented by OSF employees.
Favorite Dish: soups & sandwiches
Omar's Fresh Steak & Seafood fine dining/lounge
Fresh seafood daily in the dining room. The bar menu is very good. This is the only bar in Oregon located on a college campus.
Favorite Dish: From the bar menu:
Calamari - fresh calamari strips lightly coated in a tasty tempura beer batter and deep fried.
Zucchini Fingers - fried in the same coating as the calamari.
Burgers - big and juicy, with tasty fries.
Many very fine restaurants. Alexi's, Brothers, Chateaulin,Black Sheep--- more than might be expected in a small community.
Always festive. Black Sheep is an 'English pub'; Chateaulin is French and intimate; Brothers features fresh vegetarian and deli foods.Winchester Inn often has elegant wine-tastings, dinner theater events.
Favorite Dish: Everything is good
This is an excellent pizza place, with whole pizzas or pizza by the slice, plus good salads. It is at the western end of downtown Ashland near the Lithia fountain (see my tip on that).