Ashland Restaurants Embrace Local Southern Oregon Farms

Organic, sustainably grown products are highly prized by Ashland chefs and restaurateurs as local food continues to evolve.
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Ashland restaurants step forward every day to craft local, fresh ingredients into transformative dishes. Oregon’s rich agricultural land yields an abundance of food throughout the year that provides creative fodder for Ashland chefs and a thriving farm-to-table scene. Don’t miss these on your next visit to Ashland.

Hither Market

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Crème Fraîche Biscuit, Fried Eggs, Calabrian Aioli, Bacon, Cheddar Cheese Sandwich. Image: courtesy Hither Market Facebook.

Hither Coffee & Goods menu reflects its mission and philosophy that says “local first”. All ingredients in each scratch-made dish originate from products that are alive, natural and sourced from local, organic farms and artisan purveyors. Brunch eats range from Brioche Donuts and Avocado on Brioche Toast with Zahatar and Meyer Lemon, to Herbed Eggs with Local Greens on house made Focaccia and Spring Salad with Salmon and Meyer Lemon. For dinner, Hither raises the bar for Steak and Fries with Bernaise Sauce, Burgers and Fried Chicken.

To wash it all down, Hither only carries natural wines by the glass or in a bottle, focusing their wine library on Oregon winemakers. For home dinners and picnics, meal kits and larder baskets can be pre-ordered online.

In addition to their cafe offerings, co-owners Corrie and Wesley Reimer curate an array of artisanal foodstuffs for the home cook like olive oil, grains, wines, pastas and more.  Seasonal bouquets  stocked by Rogue Valley’s artisan flower designer Jacklily are available for purchase.

Getting there: 376 E Main St (map)

Standing Stone Brewing Company

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Chicken Tortilla Salad. Image: courtesy Standing Stone Brewing Co. Facebook

Not only is Standing Stone’s beer bursting with flavor and its food tasty, but the establishment also strives to be zero-waste and sources its ingredients from local farmers in Rogue Valley. This includes Wandering Roots Farm, Happy Dirt Veggie Patch, RA Farms, Mushrooms All Year, Valley View Beef, and Rogue Produce. Standing Stone continues to brew great beer and serve farm-to-table fare and there’s always a seasonal menu that includes the freshest ingredients in the kitchen.

The main menu also includes dishes that are worth a try, like the Sweet Chili Pork Pizza, Caprese Mac N’ Cheese, burgers, seafood tacos, and fish and chips. Lunch and dinner run from 12 pm to 7 pm Sundays through Fridays and from 12 pm to 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Since it’s a brewery, the beer cannot be overlooked. Ask any bartender for the best pairing with the food, check out their eclectic cocktail menu, and take advantage of the dog-friendly patio.

Getting there: 101 Oak St. (between Main & Lithia) (map)

MÄS – Cascadian Cuisine

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Cured Mackerel, Grilled Cucumber & Summer Botanicals. Photo credit: MÄS

The self-proclaimed Cascadian cuisine at MÄS is Ashland’s (and Southern Oregon’s) most trendy dining experience. Awarded Top Chef Ashland of 2015 and 2016 and Iron Chef Oregon in 2017, Chef Josh Dorcak & Luke Vancampen assemble their menu with the most readily available locally farmed and foraged ingredients in season. They use the Japanese term “omakase,” meaning “I’ll leave it up to you,” as the basis for his menu. Their meals are authentic and made delicately and with care for the ingredients.

The composition of dishes and multi-course dinners are constantly evolving from four to 10 courses. A past menu served egg yolk, onion, and tosa-Zu; Shima-Aji and shrimp; celery root and black truffle; and Yuzu tapioca pudding. Each plate is a masterpiece, and the dining experience is truly one-of-a-kind. Book a prepaid reservation online now for parties from 1 to 6.

Getting there: 141 Will Dodge Way (map)

NW Raw

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Image: courtesy NW Raw

For anyone curious about how hard a restaurant works to create a completely organic and local menu, look no further than NW Raw’s menu. Owners Web and Karen Staunton’s goal is to create the healthiest restaurant not only in Ashland but in all of Southern Oregon. Besides the popular fresh pressed juice combos, the menu includes North, South, East and West salads, each with different ingredients and house made dressings.

NW Raw sources ingredients locally from Wandering Roots, Blue Fox Farm, Fry Family Farm, Wilderness Poets, and Hummingbird Wholesale. With a constant eye on their ingredients, the restaurant is also served by 100% organic Rogue Produce and Organically Grown purveyors. Even their waffle and bread mixes are made without fillers or preservatives by nearby gluten-free YES! Bakery. Their kitchen practices are equally sustainable and robust with recycling, waste reduction, and reusable delivery containers.

Have questions about their sourcing? The NW Raw team is happy to share their “green” practices. Be sure to dial in to their new podcast for ongoing discussions about the benefits of raw food. NW Raw is open for full service 9 am to 3 pm and for grab and go from 3 pm to 6 pm.  Follow on Facebook for Summer 2021 news about NW Raw expansion as they take their successful operation to Bend, their first juice bar beyond the Rogue Valley.

Getting there: 370 E Main St. (map)

Luna Cafe + Mercantile

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Located in Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites, Luna Cafe + Mercantile emphasizes its farm-to-counter philosophy. The culinary team, led by Chef David Georgeson, has developed long-standing relationships with local farmers, so the menu changes quarterly depending on the harvest each season. Their made-from-scratch dishes showcase produce and meat from Oregon farms and artisan producers in the nearby Rogue and Applegate Valleys.

Regulars on the lunch and dinner menu include classics such as grass-fed Meatloaf, Smoked Pork Mac & Cheese, Mushroom, Black-eyed Pea & Quinoa Burger, and flatbreads topped with chicken bacon ranch or tomato and basil. Food and beverages are also available for online ordering for inside or curbside pick-up. With a backdrop of the Ashland hills, Luna Cafe + Mercantile heralds the best patio view in town and one that will make you linger.

Getting there: 2525 Ashland St. (map)

Larks Home Kitchen Cuisine

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When looking for a fine dining experience that’s also farm-to-table, Larks Home Kitchen Cuisine in Ashland Springs Hotel is the place to go. Executive Chef Franco Console and his experienced chef de cuisine team design each menu item with the best seasonal ingredients delivered daily from local farms. Whatever is on the menu is the best the season offers, prepared with invention and inspiration.

Larks’ dinner menu boasts dishes like House-brined + Grilled Carlton Farms Pork Porterhouse, Southern Fried Chicken, and House Tagliatelle with Tawanda Farms Braised Lamb Ragout. Desserts are standouts with the likes of Warm Buttercake with Smoked (local) Blueberry & Basil Compote designed by Chef Kali Kennedy. With a nod to Oregon’s most abundant berry, Larks’ Marionberry Lavender Lemonade is refreshing year-round. Fairtrade organic espresso from Ashland-based Noble Coffee caps off a true farm-to-table experience.

Getting there: 212 East Main St. (map)

Smithfields Restaurant & Bar

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Selected as Open Table Diner’s Choice in 2015, Smithfields Restaurant and Bar, Ashland’s only downtown neighborhood steak joint, has been impressing diners for years. The snout-to-tail meat-centric restaurant sources from more than 20 local farms and independent suppliers. The simple menu lists cuts of meat cooked exactly as you like it, split between Start, Developed, Meat, and Sauce.

Guests can enjoy starters like starters that range their house charcuterie board to roasted Brussels Sprouts to House Bacon Beignets with Maple Chive Crème Fraiche. For entrees, look for Roasted Half Chicken in Lemon and Thyme, Umpqua Valley Porterhouse, Cedar River 8oz Sous Vide & Grilled Filet, and other meaty offerings. The cocktail menu is just as impressive with favorites like a London Fog and a Smiffy’s Cosmo. The rustic interior and cozy atmosphere is the perfect setting to enjoy a meal. Schedule a reservation online or if you’re on the go, call in for a to-go order to enjoy at home. 

Brickroom

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Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, or drinks you’re in the mood for, Brickroom has it. As soon as you reach the top of the stairs to this trendy brick-lined restaurant, it’s clear the staff knows what they’re doing. Chef Skye Elder (2018 Top Chef at Ashland Culinary Festival) created an extensive menu for every part of the day using ingredients grown right in Ashland.

Fresh dishes like Malted Waffles and the Chicken Fried Steak & Gravy anchor the weekend brunch “Brickfast.” Lunch offers various classic sandwiches and salads to hold one over until dinners like the Pearikyaki Chicken Sandwich or the Veggie Po’Boy. 

The evening menu features small plates such as Avocado Toast and Pretzel Baguette & Fondue, all prepared with the freshest ingredients to boost these iconic dishes. Sockeye & Green Beans, Crab and Artichoke Ravioli, and Flat Iron Steak are customer favorites. It would be a shame to enjoy a meal here and not get a Mexican Bee Sting or an El Avion Violeta off the cocktail menu. Brickroom’s bustling Plaza location, lively atmosphere, and expansive menu draw regulars and new customers with its classic, fresh dishes.

Getting there: 35 N Main St (map)

Peerless Restaurant & Bar

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Peerless is among Ashland’s finest dining spots and has been named “Most Beautiful Restaurant in all of Oregon.” Each dish is meticulously prepared and artfully plated with close attention to detail. Since 2015 Chef de Cuisine/Proprietor Harlan Brooks has been putting ingredients to work using flavor-forward methods. He creates a rotating menu centered on seasonal ingredients.

The type of cuisine varies, such as Shio Koji-Marinated & Grilled Flat Iron, Juniper-Braised Pork Cheeks, and Oregon Dungeness Crab Cakes, to name a few. Chocolate Rum Cremeux Tart and Oat Milk & Brown Rice Koji Ice Cream are representative of the show-stopping desserts that are offered. If anything, Peerless excels at showcasing Pacific Northwest ingredients, focusing on fresh produce and well-prepared meat and fish-centric plates.

Getting there: 265 4th St (map)

AND…

Sauce Whole Food Cafe

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Sauce Whole Food Cafe Build Your Own Bowl. Photo credit: Sauce.

This “whole food” restaurant emphasizes healthy, quality meals. Diners have the choice of eclectic ethnic bowls filled with freshly chopped veggies, roasted carrots, or yams, and grains. Specialty plates include Ginger Teriyaki Chicken or Tofu, Vegetable Curry, and Tibetan Lamb Curry. And, of course, with the name Sauce, there has to be a portion of the menu dedicated entirely to just that. Nirvana (a tangy miso vinaigrette), red chili sauce, house-made tahini, and mango tamarind are house favorites.

Sauce has a portion of its menu dedicated entirely to this traditional Indian bread for all naan lovers. From plain naan to naan topped with goat cheese, garlic, and fresh basil, it’s easy to forget Sauce offers so much more. If you prefer to make your own bowl, that’s available too! When eating here, it’s evident the farm ingredients are fresh, the dishes are made to order, and the kitchen is thoughtful about sustainable practices.

Getting there: 1640 Ashland St (map)

Due to the seasonal nature of local ingredients at these Ashland restaurants, actual menu items may vary at the time of your visit.

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