Restaurant: Organic Natural Cafe

Favorite natural/whole foods restaurant

The past two years have brought new identities and owners to Organic Natural Cafe. But the downtown Medford restaurant still keeps to natural and whole-foods meals that customers and readers of Oregon Healthy Living love.

"We're the only organic restaurant in the Medford area," says owner Daniel Jewart, who purchased it in January 2011 from Russ and Julie Moore.

Jewart has been with the business since 2006, when Harlan Ward founded a Grilla Bites franchise at 226 E. Main St. Ward changed the business moniker to Organicos when his focus shifted to baking vegan doughnuts.

Jewart simplified the name but expanded the menu to include real, nitrate-free bacon and sweet-potato fries for a larger assortment of burgers made with USDA certified-organic beef from Applegate's Yale Creek Ranch. The new items broaden the cafe's appeal to more mainstream customers, says Jewart.

The restaurant still specializes in a salad bar priced at $8.95 per pound. Sandwiches, wraps, soups and breakfast dishes fill out the menu, along with fresh-squeezed, raw, organic juices.

Call 541-773-2500.

Other favorites: Grilla Bites, Ashland; Ashland Food Co-op deli, Ashland

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