For a French food and wine immersion, head to Loft Restaurant and Bar in Ashland, Oregon. Loft Restaurant is a brasserie and bar serving Parisian and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine created by Chef-owner Jeremy Vidalo, who handles both the savory and sweet side of the kitchen. The relaxing restaurant inspires guests to linger with friends over brasserie style food that changes daily, artisan cocktails and local wine flights. Chef Vidalo and his wife/co-owner, Jacqueline Vidalo, utilize all local and regional products sourced from farms, ranchers, foragers and specialty purveyors, with an emphasis on organic, free range, chemical-free and Non-GMO (whenever possible) ingredients.
The restaurant is blessed with several dining areas to suit the mood and time of year. During the warmer months, guests can dine al fresco, sun or shade, on the idyllic terrace, the place for long conversations over wine and appetizers. Theater-goers can stop in for a late-night bite and drinks in their rooftop fire pit lounge that overlooks Ashland Creek. Happy hour in the solarium bar is popular among locals looking for a bright spot for wining and dining. Lastly, the main dining room is an intimate spot for date night or larger parties.
The favorites among locals include the Macaroni Au Gratin, a richly stunning dish with smoked bacon and three cheeses, topped off with truffle oil, bread crumbs. and Dungeness crab on request; Maple Leaf Duck Breast, beautifully presented with cheddar polenta, roasted local vegetables, and orange gastrique sauce; and Lamb Shank Au Vin, sourced from Umpqua Valley and paired with a potato parmesan grain, red wine braising sauce and a citrus gremolata.
Rogues and Rhones play a central role in the wine list, with an emphasis on French varietals, of course. Ms. Vidalo personally curates the wine cellar, giving boutique wineries a place at the table next to established wineries.