Diners enjoy an alfresco lunch Wednesday afternoon next to Ashland Creek along the Calle Guanajuato behind the Plaza. Jamie Lusch / Ashland Daily Tidings

Ashland compiles list of where to eat outside

Ashland's Chamber of Commerce is compiling a list of spots around town that offer outdoor seating. Diners can find tables in garden settings, along Ashland Creek or next to bustling streets.

The chamber's Visitor and Convention Bureau works year round to attract culinary tourists and "geo-tourists" — people who enjoy the outdoors, said Katharine Flanagan, bureau director. Outdoor dining appeals to both groups.

Chamber staff members are still brainstorming additions to the list, which will be unveiled in August. In the meantime, Flanagan agreed to share the list in progress so that diners can be reminded of their favorite spots and find places they may have overlooked.

Restaurants with outdoor garden settings: Dragonfly Restaurant, the Peerless Restaurant, Cucina Biazzi and the Winchester Inn Restaurant and Wine Bar.

Restaurants with seating near Ashland Creek: Munchies Restaurant, Greenleaf Restaurant, Hana Sushi, Louie's Bar & Grill, Grilla Bites, Alex's Plaza Restaurant & Bar, Loft American Brasserie & Bar and Sesame Asian Kitchen.

Dining by other creeks: Thai Pepper, KOBE, Caldera Tap House and Creekside Pizza Bistro.

Outdoor patios downtown: Martino's Restaurant & Lounge, Pasta Piatti, Standing Stone Brewing Co., Beasy's on the Creek, Blue — Greek on Granite, Starbucks, Evo's Coffee Lounge and Big Town Hero.

Outdoor patios outside downtown: Great American Pizza, Ashland Food Co-op, Miguel's Mexican Restaurant, Rogue Valley Roasting Co., The Beanery, a second Starbucks location and Callahan's Restaurant & Lodge.

Sidewalk seating: Lark's Restaurant, Zoey's Cafe & All Natural Ice Cream, Tease Restaurant, the Apple Cellar Bakery's new downtown location, Allyson's Kitchen, Geppetto's, Agave, Mix Sweet Shoppe, Water Street Café, Noble Coffee Roasting, Boulevard Coffee at Stratford Inn and El Tapatio Mexican Family Restaurant on Highway 99.

Anyone who would like to suggest an addition to the list can contact Katharine Flanagan at 541-482-3486, Ext. 106, or

— Ashland Daily Tidings

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