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Thirty years since expanding its delicatessen persona to breakfast all day, Brothers' Restaurant is just as serious about serving good food in a lighthearted atmosphere.

Patrons can't miss framed photos of the staff modeling and mugging with eggs, pancakes and other house specialties. Next to their expressions captured by Ashland photographer Christopher Briscoe, vibrant watercolor studies of peppers and tomatoes positively pale in comparison.

Employees are just as friendly in the flesh, expertly delivering the dishes so many loyal, local patrons have come to love. Beyond the hash browns, bacon, eggs and other standard American fare, Brothers' retains some of its original flavor as a kosher deli with signature bagel-and-lox platters.

The flagship product of Ashland's Little Shop of Bagels is piled with cured salmon and cream cheese, accented with traditional toppings, pickles and olives. At $16.95, the platter designed to feed two people is the most expensive item on Brothers' menu.

Deli sandwiches are the centerpiece of Brothers' picnic-lunch specials, a to-go box with a deli salad (coleslaw, potato or three-bean), pickle, cookie and soda for $10.95.

For dining in, customers have their choice of a few tables downstairs or the bar-height counter facing a front window that's perfect for people-watching. The second-floor balcony with the majority of seating can be a bit warm, but tables next to the railing afford a bird's-eye view of the grill line.

Recommended: Brothers' scrambled-egg sandwich layers Prosciutto, tomato, sauteed spinach and melted Swiss cheese on an English muffin; blueberry french toast features La Baguette Bakery's "sun oat" bread with house-made compote and lemon curd; steak and eggs are both cooked to diners' degree of perfection; locally baked bagels are outshone only by house-baked scones.

Alternative diets: Egg-white and tofu options for omelets and scrambles, respectively; veggie "supreme" sandwich; vegetarian zucchini and wild salmon burgers; organic salad greens, grass-fed beef and hormone- and antibiotic-free chicken.

Beverages: Local and other domestic wines by the glass; bottled Oregon and California beers; specialty cocktails; juices, sodas, specialty coffees, teas, hot chocolate and milk.

Price range: Egg dishes with choice of sides, $7.25 to $14.50; breakfast "specialties," $9.95 to $16.95; other breakfast dishes and baked goods, $2.25 to $7.95; soups, $4.75 to $5.95; salads, $4.95 to $14.50; deli sandwiches with choice of side, $5.95 to $8.75; specialty sandwiches, $9.25 to $14.50; burgers, $7.95 to $9.95; side dishes, 95 cents to $5.95.

Extras: Gratuity of 18 percent added to parties of six or more; $1 split-plate charge; located just around the corner from Ashland Plaza; street parking or in the small lot on building's north corner; allow waiting time on weekends.

Serving: From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.

Info: 95 N. Main St., Ashland; 541-482-9671; www.brothersrestaurant.net.