r

runninrob's Profile

Title Last Reply

Jackson, MS--one dinner, one lunch

Thanks all that posted. We really enjoyed Parlor Market for our lunch. I'm not a hard drink guy but based on their menu we had to try one. Man oh man, you sure pour a stiff one down here! I had the rabbit sandwich. Tasty. Can't say I've had much rabbit before!
Tried Fannin Mart for a late lunch. Can't say I'm a big fan. The fried chicken was good but I don't appreciate the overcooked vegetables. I'm sure they were seasoned well but I think the green beans were out of a can and the squash was really unidentifiable.
Also made a big mistake in going to Pizza Shack. Wow. That was some heavy pizza.

Again my thanks to all that responded. I'm a huge Chowhound fan and you are the reasons why. We may disagree but we all are passionate about food.

RR

May 30, 2012
runninrob in Central South

Wolfe Range Customer Service?

I have a 48 inch duel fuel range with two ovens. I bought different grates so you could easily move pans around the burners.
Anyway my story. The small rubber feet have become brittle and no longer stay in their holes on the grates. When we clean the burners and take the grates off, they fall out and are a bit of a pain to find, then get back into the proper location. I called customer service. "Sure, we just developed a replacement and if you go to your distributor you can buy these new replacement." Yeah, they developed a replacement because the original ones don't last very long.

I'm absolutely flabbergasted that they would have the shortsightedness to not only charge me for these (how many thousands did I pay for the range?) but that they'd also make me call a distributor and go through a transaction.

Wolfe, just send me the replacement. The twenty-five cents is really worth it from a customer service standpoint.

In comparison, I had a dimmer switch go out and the company replaced it ($30) free, seven years after installation.

May 23, 2012
runninrob in Cookware

Favorite Restaurant Facebook page

I'm working with a student on a social media project. I'm trying to direct her to businesses that do a great job marketing and identifying themselves on Facebook. Anyone know of any restaurants that do a good ob?

Thanks,

Sorry the question is sort of offbeat.

May 23, 2012
runninrob in Food Media & News

Jackson, MS--one dinner, one lunch

Somewhere close to Millsaps.
Thanks for any advice.

May 23, 2012
runninrob in Central South

Best restaurants in Medford, Oregon?

Any list of Rogue Valley's best that doesn't include New Sammys is questionable in my book. Porters? Really? That is your high class?
As for mex, La Tapitia should also be noted. A combo grocery store, butcher shop and restaurant. Always great. Like the tacos the best.
Caldera for food? Humm. Not sure about that.
On the plaza, Grilla Bites gets overlooked. Huge portion sandwich and good too.

May 23, 2012
runninrob in Pacific Northwest

Jackson, MS--one dinner, one lunch

Coming to Jackson this weekend. Looking for the most Chowish meals. From Oregon so anything regional would be great. I'm not really into heavy, rich food.

My definition of Chowish is great food, served in a place that is filled with locals, isn't big on pretense, and is usually pretty cheap.

Thanks!

May 21, 2012
runninrob in Central South

Bandon Restaurants from a Golfers perspective

There is a good fish and chips place on the wharf. I can't remember the name but it was blue and while and is the left hand building when looking towards the water. Not fancy but good.
The pub at the course is my favorite. Great food, and a good atmosphere.

Apr 14, 2012
runninrob in Pacific Northwest

Best restaurants in Medford, Oregon?

I think when we're recommending Oh's Osaka, the OP has run its course...

Jun 27, 2011
runninrob in Pacific Northwest

Coquina, Ashland, Oregon

Joe, I think if you reread my post you'll note i thought the food was decent, but that the portions were simply too small. We sampled many things on the menu, and all were on the small to very small side. If you disagreed with me, I guess you believe the portions were large. OK. We all have our own opinion. I still don't believe their cuisine is that innovative. Perhaps some of their sourcing is, but innovative. No.

My other complaint, due to being a local, is the number of establishments catering to higher end clientele. Not everyone in this town can afford entrees priced at $20-$35+. I was hoping this restaurant, since it is off the beaten track, might have catered more to the center. That wasn't to be. Their format caters to the Peerless, Amuse, Chateaulin, Smithfields, and Winchester Inn crowd, to name most. Ashland does have some restaurants that are for the more mainstream, but they don't get mentioned much and in my opinion aren't Chow worthy.

I use Chowhound, not to find the best, most expensive restos in a town, but to find the unique, fun,one of a kind, inspired, undiscovered, food value. I like the finds that mention the food way more than what the room looks like.

BTW, I like good food. I think New Sammy's is Chow worthy, due to the combination of good food and a fantastic wine list. The wine list makes what they do very unique.

-----
Chateaulin Restaurant
50 E Main St, Ashland, OR 97520

Winchester Inn
35 S 2nd St, Ashland, OR 97520

Smithfield's Restaurant and Bar
36 S 2nd St, Ashland, OR 97520

Jun 19, 2011
runninrob in Pacific Northwest

Prospect Trophy Room and Cafe--Crater Lake area

Off the beaten track a bit, but if you're going to Crater Lake from Medford, you should consider a stop. Great home-made food, with burgers a highlight. The ambience is a bit different. When you think trophys think hunting. Yep, lots of them. Kinda funky, but clean and friendly staff. Prospect also has an interesting canyon/waterfall right out of town. Worth the slight detour. I do a lot of running in the area and usually stop on my way back to the Rogue Valley.

-----
Prospect Cafe & Trophy Room
311 Mill Creek Dr, Prospect, OR 97536

Apr 18, 2011
runninrob in Pacific Northwest

Coquina, Ashland, Oregon

A group of us went to the recently opened Coquina on A Street. We had a sufficient enough group to experience many of the things on the menu. The lasting impression of this restaurant after a week's reflection is how little you got for your money. The serving sizes were incredibly small. One of our friends split the lasagna with his wife. When he got the plate he assumed they had split it for him. Oops, not true. The extra plate came for his use in splitting the 8.5 oz serving. Yes, they told us it was 8.5 ounces. I had the gnocchi. For $18 I got approximately 12 of the little morsels. They were good, but for $18 I expected more than a bland tomato sauce and the gnocchi. Nothing else on the plate. My SO had the scallops. The three or four on her plate were good, but again, the portion was small. The price of $22-24 seemed steep. The wine list wasn't particularly good, and again, priced on the aggressive side.

I would have preferred we get a new restaurant that isn't trying to be a Peerless or Amuse clone. There is a real need in Ashland to have a reasonably price, good quality, unpretentious restaurant. Loft and Lela's come to mind, but they aren't quite there.

If the rule of thumb for restaurants is 1/3 of the revenue should go to cost of ingredients, Coquina doesn't come close. I'd say 20% at most.

Mar 03, 2011
runninrob in Pacific Northwest

Seattle to San Francisco Road trip Updated and ready for advice

You might enjoy the McKee's Pub at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. I'm not much of a golfer but the food is great. Also in Bandon you might try the fish and chips place on the wharf. It's painted blue last time I was there. Good fish and chips but no alcohol license and little seating.
There have been a few recent posts about food in Gold Beach. You should check them out. Way more possibilities than I thought there were.

-----
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
57744 Round Lake Rd, Bandon, OR 97411

Dec 03, 2010
runninrob in Pacific Northwest

Almost, but not quite.

Interesting jtrev, but you won't get much readership without a specific mention of the restaurant name in the subject line. Further, I have no idea where this restaurant is? OR, WA, ??

Just trying to be helpful. Don't mean for this to sound like a rant.

Sep 04, 2010
runninrob in Pacific Northwest

Best restaurants in Medford, Oregon?

Good observations. I agree with you on Standing Stone. They're very involved from a community standpoint. I just wish they'd change things up a bit. Same basic food for the last ten years or so. I must say, someone recently raved about their burger.

Elements and 38 Central are some of Medford's best. Amuse is good, but very expensive, even for Ashland.

Sep 03, 2010
runninrob in Pacific Northwest

Updated - Road Trip: SF-->Portland-->Seattle + national parks in between. Help us eat along the way!

Since you did include national parks in your request for information, I can include Mt. Rainier. We just ran around it on the Wonderland trail. 93 miles in 3 days. Beautiful. We ended up the last night at Paradise Lodge. I must say the food was dreadful. Luckily after three days of hard running my threshold for good food was pretty low. That being said, if I were to visit Mt. Rainier, I'd stay and eat outside of the National Park. Not sure where as anything I've looked up didn't have the best reviews. That being said, the trip up to Paradise is worth it. The view and Lodge is spectacular. Go and enjoy a glass of wine. Bring your own picnic.

Aug 23, 2010
runninrob in Pacific Northwest

Bend, after the fall-out

Just wondering what's happened with the Bend scene. I know some lovely restaurants were taken down in the economy. Last thread I read was some were reopening. We're heading up to Bend next week and would love any updates. I heard Flatbread in the Old Mill didn't make it. That true?

Aug 04, 2010
runninrob in Pacific Northwest

Ashland / Oregon Coast itinerary: suggestions?

Wow, that's strange. It is a very informal place from what I remember. I run rather than golf because I don't like the "old boys club" feel of golf. Running is much more egalitarian. That said, I liked the pub, had food at noon, and wasn't intimidated. Very sorry for the bad advice.

Aug 04, 2010
runninrob in Pacific Northwest

Best restaurants in Medford, Oregon?

Can't say I agree with this rant.

Aug 03, 2010
runninrob in Pacific Northwest

Oregon Coast report: Port Orford and Newport

Excellent report.

Aug 03, 2010
runninrob in Pacific Northwest

Ashland / Oregon Coast itinerary: suggestions?

AP, you da man. Thanks for the report. Funny that I never hear of people staying at the Peerless. I think the Rogue Valley Chowhounders took good care of you. I love this board.

Aug 03, 2010
runninrob in Pacific Northwest

Ashland, OR Dining (June 2010)

Next time you're in town give me a call. You sound like a lot of fun! You had more guts than I would ever have, eating at the Medford Airport.

Aug 03, 2010
runninrob in Pacific Northwest

Ashland / Oregon Coast itinerary: suggestions?

AP- Our Boy gave you some great advice. I think your take on Arbor House is right. It isn't anything like NorCal-Berkeley crunchy-hippy. The food isn't as good. I'd do Peerless over Liquid Assets even though I'm a huge LA fan. Sitting outdoors at the Peerless is pretty fine, unless it is too hot. I like the wine list slightly better at LA due to its variety but the quality is good at Peerless. You might be going a bit early if is really a hot day. We're getting some thunderstorms tonight so perhaps our heat has left us for a day or two.
The pub at the Bandon Golf courses is excellent. It might be too early for lunch, but it is good. Florence doesn't have much going on. I grit my teeth and go to Mo's because the rest of my family likes it.
The caution you received on the Rogue River road is right. Beautiful road, but just be careful. I run down the Rogue River trail, 42 miles each way, so don't have to put up with the traffic.

Jul 26, 2010
runninrob in Pacific Northwest

Ashland Oregon Recs?

I wouldn't waste your time with Chateaulin either. I like French but find the whole experience too stuffy and predictable. I'd suggest you include Blue--Greek on Granite rather than the Loft. If money isn't a worry, I'd head to Sammy's for dinner. The wine/food matchings are superb. I'm not a big fan of The Loft. You might try Liquid Assets for a dinner or lunch. We like the lighter plates experience. You might also consider Lelas on A Street. I haven't been for a while but it has been good. For lunch, Morning Glory out by SOU is one of the best. The Indian place on Water Street is good if you like Indian. It's the only spicy food for hundreds of miles ;-)

-----
Chateaulin Restaurant
50 E Main St, Ashland, OR 97520

Jul 07, 2010
runninrob in Pacific Northwest

New, and some old in Ashland--value eating downtown.

We've had a couple of new places open up in Ashland recently, and for those visitors to our little village, I thought I'd give a bit of a review.

The newest restaurant is Blue, Greek on Granite. Just up from the main drag, with plenty of parking and outdoor seating, Blue is a tasteful place that has good food, a short but decent wine list, and a good vib. The service was quite friendly and didn't make any errors, a welcome change from the Italian place before it. Classic greek dishes at a reasonable price, then loftier prices for steak, salmon, etc. It is still quite crowded so reservations would be recommended.

Martolli's Hand Tossed Pizza is just off the plaza, very close to the Shakespeare theaters and represents a great place for visiting school kids to catch a bite to eat before the show. The pizza vies for the best in Ashland, along with Great American. Classic meat and veggie combos plus build your own options. Pizza by the slice is also available. They have salads, but I haven't tried them yet. I like the take-and-bake option they have. It's prebaked a bit so doesn't take too long to finish at home, plus the crust seems better than having all the baking at lower temp at home.

Greenleaf doesn't get written about much on this board but represents one of the few restaurants that has been around for a long time under the same management. On the plaza, they do a nice job with soup, sandwiches and salads. Very friendly staff. The must be doing something right as I think they've been here for over 15 years. I'm giving them a shout-out simply because it is so overlooked. Greenleaf has outdoor seating on Ashland Creek.

Sesame, just off the plaza toward Lithia Park--in fact next to Lithia Park. It has taken them a year, but they've settled into the space and their menu and are now producing some good asian inspired dishes. The best of our asian scene, which isn't saying much, but the place does represent a good value. I like their salads but others have had the noodle and rice dishes which tasted good. They have outdoor seating.

RR

May 28, 2010
runninrob in Pacific Northwest

Road Trip: Ashland, OR

Great point on the pizza counter. Still think we should have seen someone behind it to direct us. I also think it is great for all the school kids coming to OSF to see the plays. It is relatively cheap and very close to the theaters.
I do hope they succeed as I do any resto in town. If they survive, people like what they do.

Mar 08, 2010
runninrob in Pacific Northwest

Road Trip: Ashland, OR

Newish Mexican place on the creek is out of business, taken over by the new French Bistro I mentioned earlier.
Replacement for KatWok opened but haven't heard anything good about it. Suppose to be Vietnamese but still can't decide if it is a dance/nightclub or a restaurant. Hours are sporadic and the physical layout strange.

Mar 08, 2010
runninrob in Pacific Northwest

Road Trip: Ashland, OR

Glad you made it down for opening. As locals we enjoyed the four plays that are now open. This is OSF's 75th year and it looks like they've got a blockbuster on their hands.

Thanks for the report. Sesame has come back from a weak opening, so it was nice to hear you mention it as being better than you expected. I've had a similar situation as you did with the new pizza spot. We waited for five minutes at 7:30 on a Saturday for someone to sit us, but no one showed up. We walked out.

There is a new "French Bistro" in town, The Loft, that is a bit off target. Well meaning people, but concept and execution isn't where it needs to be in this town. In my opinion, if you're going to open a French Bistro, you better have the pomme frites dialed in. They aren't. $13 for a generic hamburger. $15 for Mac and Cheese (with truffle oil!). Did think their wine list was reasonable. From the write-up in a local rag, the chef doesn't have any experience in French, but "it sounded interesting"...

The Italian resto at the bottom of Granite Street was closed and will soon reopen. Not yet sure what is going to replace it. Harpers, on Second Street was closed. Looks like they lasted less than a year. Chateaulin was recently bought, is closed and undergoing a remodel. Plans are to open March 10th. Sounds like a bit more informal and less expensive. Their new chef comes from Elements, a Medford restaurant. The Apple Cellar, a South Ashland institution, has just opened up a cafe downtown across from the Varsity Theater. They have great pastries.

Liquid Assets is one of our favorites, and our kids love Pasta Piatti. If I'm going to pay Amuse prices I'm heading north of town to New Sammys! FYI, the people that own Amuse also own Mix. I'm a bit surprised with your review of Mix. I've been happy with what I've had there, although granted, I've never had the items you ordered.

Ashland appears to be a tough town to keep a restaurant going. I'm still not sure why. If I were knowledgeable and experience in Asian, I'd head down here pronto!

Mar 08, 2010
runninrob in Pacific Northwest

restaurants in Ashland Oregon

Haven't yet. The menu doesn't do much for me. Hawaiian food? I'm not much of a lunch person. It's the food/wine parings that get me going.
Never saw a review of the Merlin place you mentioned. Ever get there?

Feb 03, 2010
runninrob in Pacific Northwest

restaurants in Ashland Oregon

Yes, of course. We've seen a new asian come into town, but sadly it's more of the same. We need a quality, reasonably priced, and true to the restaurant's cuisine. Some of the problem is the lack of specialty produce that gets here. That being said, it should be possible. I'd love to see one of the good Eugene places move down here, or better yet, something from the Bay Area.

Jan 31, 2010
runninrob in Pacific Northwest

Eureka Area--winter updates?

Hi,
We're spending part of the holiday in Eureka and are wondering what remains open between Christmas and New Years. We haven't seen much in the way of new postings so would be looking forward to any updates locals might provide.
Much thanks,
RR

Dec 13, 2009
runninrob in California