Located in the bustling midst of Ashland’s trendy Railroad District, Coquina Restaurant is the new kid on the block taking Ashland’s fine dining scene up a few notches. Only open since New Year’s Eve, Coquina has relied on word of mouth and passersby to put it on Ashland’s restaurant map, and its sudden popularity is no wonder—in spending even just a few minutes there, you will notice that nearly every single person who walks by stops to take a peek in the windows and fawn over the menu posted in the window. After taking one look at the creative offerings, resistance is futile.

Owners/chefs Lynn and Daniel Flattley, former owners of The Wild Rose Bistro in Bandon, performed a complete remodel upon moving into the small space at 542 A St. They built a full kitchen and bar and added simple, elegant décor, which adds a perfect contemporary charm to such a cozy space. Outdoor patio seating is also available for those romantic summer nights.

The fare is seasonal, and regional when possible. “We try to keep it close to home, without compromising the product,” says Lynn, who runs the kitchen while Daniel hosts the dining area. Using local produce from the Growers Market, and meats such as duck, lamb, goat and fish from nearby farms, the menu is full of fresh choices that represent the flavor of Southern Oregon.

The current menu boasts mouth-watering appetizers such as Buttermilk Fried Quail with fried green tomatoes, crème fraiche, and a maple glaze; and exotic salads, such as Fresh Dungeness Crab and Avocado with a Blood Orange Vinaigrette. Entrees include delights such as Sorrel and Ruby Streak Mustard Green Raviolis with Sautéed Porcini Mushrooms, and Gnocchi with local Willow-Witt Goat and Pork Bolognese. The full bar features local and organic wines and original cocktails as well.

Coquina opens for dinner at 5 pm daily. Reserve your table because this is one hot spot!

Coquina Restaurant

542 ‘A’ Street

Ashland, Oregon

(541) 488-0521

www.coquinarestaurant.com

Cheri Browne is a writer, photographer, reveler of Southern Oregon and an enamored connoisseur of all things West Coast.