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I-5 between Eugene and Roseburg; Womansource Gathering; Ashland

Jill-O | Sep 8, 200305:10 PM

On the way to the 30th and final Womansource Gathering in Lake of the Woods, OR, a friend suggested that we stop at the Rice Hill exit on I-5 (ex. 148) to eat at Peggy's.

Peggy's was perfect for the stop, and about halfway to Medford (our stop that night) from Portland. Sure the drive-in ice cream place down the road has huge cones of Umpqua ice cream in a bazillion flavors, but they don't have sit down service and they don't have a rest room...OK?

Peggy's serves breakfast all day, sandwiches, dinners, the same Umpqua ice cream (even in a cone, if you want, and in about as many flavors), and homemade pies. Among us, we tried the pork chops and the fried chicken. Veggies that came with were out of a can, but the pork chops were good - 2 nicely sized (not thick, but not paper thin, either) and juicy. The 1/2 fried chicken was really good - very, very crispy and not at all greasy. The coconut cream pie was fabulous, the boysenberry pie really good. And the ice cream was good too!

Peggy's is a good stop in the middle of practically nowhere (a little over an hour south of Eugene, I think) - and since folks are always asking about what is good on I-5, I felt I HAD to share this one!

As an aside:

We were on our way to the final and 30th Womansource Gathering. When we got there, we signed up for workshifts in the kitchen later that day. I met the person in charge of food/kitchen for the event...our very own Susanna Pilaf!! I figured out that she was the chowhound poster under that name and introduced myself to her and we had a great laugh about that. And then we set about to cooking a huge vegetarian meal for about 200 a nightmare of a Girl Scout Camp kitchen. I've never cooked tofu before, much less for 200 women, but everyone said that dinner was great! (The best though was the dessert that night - asian pear gingerbread upside down cake - YUM!!)

Susan was amazing in that kitchen and it was great to meet her and it was a privilege and a pleasure working along side her! You go girl!!

If she can turn out amazing meatless meals (and I am a major carnivore, not at all a vegetarian) for 200 women in a pathetic kitchen with a few inexperienced volunteers - I can only imagine how fabulous the food in her restaurant, Pilaf (in Ashland, OR) is. I intend to try it if and when I get my arse down there, and I think y'all should too, whether you're a vegetarian or not. Seriously, folks, I saw the woman in action myself and tasted the fabulous foods she prepared...


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