Close to the Lithia Fountain, the Ashland Bistro Cafe (38 E. Main St., 503/482-2117, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Sun.–Mon., 8 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5–9 p.m. Tues.–Sat., $11–23) is a longtime favorite bakery that has expanded into a full-service restaurant with three meals a day. Start the day with delicious pastries and eggy breakfasts and return for good-value evening meals such as seared sea scallop carbonara or slow-braised lamb shank.
Harper’s (36 S. 2nd St., 541/482-1339, daily 9 a.m.–2 p.m., and Fri.–Sat. 5–9 p.m., lunch $5–13, dinner $11–18, $5–13) is another top breakfast choice, with updated omelet classics made with organic ingredients. The garden patio is a wonderful spot for lunch on a sunny day. Harper’s recently opened for dinner service, so check out the menu.
The second-floor patio at the Greenleaf Restaurant (49 N. Main St., 541/482-2808, 8 a.m.–9 p.m. daily, $6–18) is a great spot to enjoy a meal. The menu offers lots of vegetarian choices, with pasta, stir-fries, salads, and sandwiches in addition to Mediterranean main courses like chicken piccata and red snapper Palermo.
New York meets the Northwest at Brothers Restaurant (95 N. Main St., 541/482-9671, 7 a.m.–2 p.m. daily, $6–13), which offers breakfast all day, excellent omelets and bagel sandwiches, plus deli sandwiches for lunch.
Alex’s (35 N. Main St., 541/482-8818, 3–9 p.m. Mon.–Thurs., 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Fri.–Sat., 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m. Sun., $15–21) serves pasta and other light entrées in a historic second-story bar and dining room flanked by fireplaces.
Pangea Grills and Wraps (272 E. Main St., 541/552-1630, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. daily, $5–9) is a creative soup, salad, and wraps emporium featuring free-range meats along with organic coffee and produce. The preparations are light, flavorful, and reasonably priced. This place is perfect for a quick meal before the show on a hot midsummer night.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel