Whether you're in Ashland for the world-famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival, are making a mid-trip pit stop between San Francisco and Portland, or have just popped off the Pacific Crest Trail for dinner and a good de-griming, these spots will fill you up. Start your day hunting the elusive co-op cinnamon roll, indulge in pecan waffles and dazzling Grizzly Peak views for breakfast, meet the midday with a mile-high Reuben, take down a few happy hour tiger rolls on a creekside patio, and wrap up the day white tablecloth-style.
Easily one of the best co-ops I've shopped at, this always-packed market near Ashland's historic Railroad District has anything you could ever want health food-wise--from groceries & bulk items to fresh juices and salad & prepared food bars. I always get a Green Hornet green juice, then balance it out with one of their hard-to-get, utterly delicious cinnamon rolls (they sell out in a flash).
Old school bakery at the southern end of Ashland's main street, specializing in whole grain and specialty breads. Try the apricot walnut loaf and Ye Old World rye. Plenty of doughnuts and danishes too!
When an ice cream craving hits, make a beeline for this casual cafe in the heart of downtown Ashland. They carry a long lineup of BJ's ice cream (try the Oregon Bing Cherry), and make great shakes and sundaes.
Eat with creek views at this popular plaza cafe, which cooks with a healthy bent and caters to all sorts of dietary needs, even offering GF menus for each meal. Can't beat the $5 mimosa and a stack of marionberry pancakes out on the patio on a warm summer morning.
This meandering Thai restaurant's greatest asset is its ample creekside patio dining, while its second best asset is the twice daily happy hours (5-6pm and 9pm-close), when you can get $2-$7 satays and small plates, plus $3 draft beers and discounted house cocktails.
This popular Ashland diner gets high marks for its cheery ambiance and dazzling back deck views. Try the the banana nutcakes or pecan waffle for breakfast, the BLT for lunch.
Amuse is considered one of the best fine dining options in downtown Ashland, and while I've had both good and just all right meals and service experiences here, overall it's a nice option for a white tablecloth supper experience, especially if you want to eat right in downtown. The menu is very seasonal and utilizes produce from local farms, and the dessert menu is always enticing. Good wine list too. Tables get scarce so be sure to make a reservation.
Adjoining the posh Ashland Springs Hotel, this pretty bistro serves daily lunch and dinner (and weekend brunch) in stylish surroundings right in the heart of downtown. The food is decent, the wine list emphasizes Oregon vintages, and the kitchen makes a concerted effort to incorporate local, seasonal products into the menu. Sidewalk dining affords excellent people watching.
Love the cabbage salad and fresh guacamole at this upscale but affordable Mexican spot near the creek. Unusual twists on tacos include duck confit and lobster, and don't leave without trying the sweet pineapple and currant-stuffed dessert tamales.
Just down the way from Caldera, this bustling pizza place packs them in, serving their stone baked pizzas by the pie and slice daily until 1am. They also deliver for free every night from 5-10pm. Try the Slammy, with caramelized onions and roasted yams, and get a root beer float for dessert.
My favorite Ashland B&B, this Victorian beauty has lots going for it--quiet but central location, rich decor, lush grounds, and in-house Alchemy restaurant and wine bar (which has a great happy hour, twice daily).
Ashland has a couple of great local roasters, but Portlanders in need of their Stumptown fix can come to this cute centrally-located coffeehouse/bakery for a cuppa and a bittersweet chocolate chip cookie. Try the house gelatos--the strawberry is tops.
This buzzy Ashland restaurant makes no bones about their love affair with animal flesh--from the meaty menu to the quips and quotes scrawled all over the chalkboard walls (i.e.,"Save a vegetarian, eat a cow.") Try the house Rueben, the pastrami is A+.
Sup on sushi by the creek at this busy Japanese hotspot, where the beautiful sashimi and sushi crafted by a former Nobu chef. Great sake list and a very reasonably priced bar menu.