SF Bay Area hound here, doing some very last-minute planning for a quick trip up to Ashland to catch a play, after which we'll be shooting over to the Oregon Coast for a couple of days. We'd like to eat well, of course, but without breaking the bank account (no more than, say, $75 for two people, with allowance for a splurge or two, but generally keeping most of the meals well below that budget).
We'd like to eat whatever's good in the area, which from what I can gather, is a lot of fresh local seafood. On the other hand, my instinct is to stay away from "ethnic" food--or at least anything that the Bay Area is going to be able to do much better. But please correct me if there's something I shouldn't miss.
Here's the tentative plan:
DAY 1 (Tuesday) - Arrive in Ashland (though we're actually staying in Medford). We'll want to do dinner either in Ashland proper or on the way down from Medford. Don't know know what the parking situation is like in downtown Ashland and whether that ought to sway our plans.
Possible dinner options (before our 8:30 show): Blue - Greek on Granite OR Black Sheep OR Arbor House. Any of those a can't-miss? Or is there somewhere else I ought to be considering? I know New Sammy's gets some love on this board, but unless I'm mistaken, they aren't open on Tuesdays.
DAY 2 (Wednesday) -
Breakfast in Ashland at Morning Glory. (I hate to head backwards, but we loved the one breakfast we had here a year ago, and I haven't seen reports of anything comparable in Medford or westward.)
Drive to Port Orford. (We'll probably skip lunch after Morning Glory, but if anyone has a rec for something light or snacky, we're certainly open to that.)
Dinner at Crazy Norwegian's OR Griff's OR Brenda's Bistro. Don't see a lot of reports on any of these on this board, though I know that Crazy Norwegian's has been mentioned in some magazines for its fish and chips.
DAY 3 (Thursday) - Driving up to Yachats
Breakfast: Is there a someplace in Port Orford where we can pick up some good coffee and breakfast pastries?
Lunch: Mo's (in Florence, on the way up) for chowder. Is this a chow-worthy pick?
Dinner: After checking in to our B&B in Yachats, we'll probably head up to Newport for dinner, stopping to catch some of the sights along the way. I'm trying to decide between Shark's and Local Ocean Seafood, both of which have gotten positive mentions on the board. Local Ocean's menu looks appealing to me; I can't find a menu for Shark's (or much info at all, not even their hours) online. Which one would you go to? This will actually be on our wedding anniversary, so nice ambiance would be a plus, but we'd rather go to a simple place with good, honest food than a "fine dining" option that might not compare favorably to places back home.
DAY 4 (Friday): Breakfast at our B&B, and then we start the long drive home. (Stopping over in Crescent City, CA which is slightly off topic, but if anyone wants to throw me a bone, I certainly won't complain!)
Thanks in advance for your help!
1149 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland, OR 97520
Arbor House Restaurant
103 W Wagner St, Talent, OR 97540
259 Sixth St, Port Orford, OR 97465