After 12 years of service, restaurateurs Tom and Lisa Beam have closed their downtown Sesame Asian kitchen. But the doors didn’t stay closed for long. The renovated creekside space was reset as Skout Taphouse and Provisions, complete with vintage travel trailer.
True to its name, Skout’s bar team will pour more than 60 craft brews, hard ciders and kombucha, all on tap, and craft cocktails like a draft Bloody Mary, among others. On the kitchen side, a mighty tall Smashed Burger, Beer Braised Pork Tacos, a Risk it for the Brisket sandwich, and the High Alpine Brat in a pretzel roll are but a few of the dishes that will need washing down. The The house cut fries arrive cleverly served in a paper sack. The shareable menu includes dishes such as Buffalo Cauliflower, Truffle Hugger Fries and Dirty Fries topped with pulled pork, beer cheese, cilantro and cotija.
Skout’s location adjacent to Lithia Park will make it a welcome watering hole for folks coming off the trails and those looking for a creekside gathering spot.
Getting there: 21 Winburn Way, Ashland, OR (map)
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Ashland restaurant re-openings
Morning Glory was long known as one of Ashland’s go-to brunch spots, with robust dishes like egg scrambles, ricotta-stuffed French Toast, and their spice filled oatmeal. Originally owned by local restaurateur, Patty Groth, the cafe had been open for over 20 years with a long-standing loyal following. In 2020 it was temporarily closed due to pandemic dining restrictions, but thanks to long-time patrons and new owners, Dave and Marge Bernard, the restaurant was revived, popular dishes refreshed and the cafe re-opened. To the excitement of loyal customers, many of the popular menu items are still around.
Getting there: 1149 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland, OR (map)
Alchemy Restaurant and Bar reopened last month, after a temporary pandemic closure. Their award-winning wine program holds a finely curated library of wines for guests to pair with newly created menu by Chef Michael Bryant, like Smoked Local Halibut, Dry-aged Ribeye Steak or the Harissa-seared Scallops, a starter on their menu. Not to be missed are their winning craft cocktails like “The Alchemist’s Martini” to be enjoyed in the light-filled bar or on the patio. Open Thurs-Mon 4pm-close.
Getting there: 35 S. 2nd St., Ashland, OR (map)
New sweet treats on the scene
Custom cookie artisan, Sugar by Shelly joins the made-to-order bakery scene as owner Shelly turns her passion into a reality. Once a home baker, she offers her services for any special holiday, such as retirement parties, baby showers, and even graduations. For your sugary needs, just fill out a custom order online.
Getting there: Online only
Top image: Courtesy Skout Taphouse and Provisions