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Posted Apr 28, 2016 at 11:01 PM

I never thought I'd consider Japanese cuisine comfort food, but the familiarity and care that went into my lunch at Bonsai made it just that.  Some eight years ago, when I first started working at the Mail Tribune, one of the conveniences that charmed me was having Bonsai restaurant right next door. That downtown location was a lunchtime favorite with Medford police, which struck me as being much more cosmopolitan than the stereotypical doughnut shop, but mostly I remember calling...

Updated Apr 27, 2016 at 8:58 AM

Wine-tasting rooms seem to be filled with excitement this time of year as the days get longer and bud break arrives. It seems to happen overnight. One day the vines are brown and bare, the next day green leaves have popped out of their...

Posted Apr 21, 2016 at 11:01 PM

New brew pubs with a Portland-esque vibe have opened in Grants Pass, but Wild River Brewing & Pizza Company remains a reliably good, comfortable spot for the hungry and thirsty. Wild River has five Southern Oregon locations, including a...

Posted Apr 14, 2016 at 11:01 PM

The greasy spoon is a staple of classic Americana — locals swapping stories and chewing the fat over plates of omelets and waffles, cozy, well-worn booths in every corner and servers who take orders without writing notes or forgetting...

Posted Apr 12, 2016 at 11:01 PM

The number "3" seems to follow the Garvin family, owners of Cliff Creek Cellars. Founders Vern and Dorothy Garvin produced three children (Ruth, Roy and Lee) and three grandchildren (Kelly, Teri and Cory), and it’s the three cliffs...

Updated Apr 19, 2016 at 10:29 AM

Capers took the overall prize at the annual Smudge Pot Stroll, a tasting tour of downtown Medford that is part of the Pear Blossom Festival. The restaurant at 35 N. Central Ave. earned the top spot at Friday's event with beignets in a...

Updated Apr 11, 2016 at 5:44 PM

Jackson County health officials inspected 80 restaurants in March, and 48 earned perfect scores of 100. Two dropped below the failure mark of 70 points. A portion of the scores are published weekly in the Mail...

Posted Apr 7, 2016 at 11:01 PM

A new retail butcher shop in Central Point does double duty with deli sandwiches and house-smoked meats. The First Street business underwent a makeover last year and gained a new identity as Montgomery’s Meats after nearly two...

Posted Mar 31, 2016 at 11:01 PM

When I learned that The Point Pub & Grill planned to open a new location in Medford serving pizza along with the burgers and sandwiches popular at its Central Point location, I made a note to check it out. My husband and I stopped by...

Posted Mar 29, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Virtually every winery and tasting room in the Rogue Valley has a wine club. What does that mean and how does it benefit consumers? Wine clubs were started to help guarantee sales for wine sellers and to help forge a more personal...

Posted Mar 24, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Both inside and out, The Haul in Grants Pass has a Portland-esque, hipster vibe. The restaurant's menu of inventive dishes made with locally sourced ingredients doesn't disappoint, showing there's more than just a cool atmosphere. At...

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