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The Breadboard Restaurant

Breakfast is the name of the game at The Breadboard Restaurant on the north end of Ashland.

The restaurant is at 744 N. Main St. — about a mile from the Ashland Plaza — and next to the entrance is a metal sign that says, "Breakfast, Lunch, Espresso," making it clear what diners can expect: Breakfast — from open to close — is the main focus of The Breadboard.

The restaurant offers muffins ($1.99), cinnamon wheels ($4.69), Good Bean coffee ($2.09) and multigrain bread ($2.19 for an order of toast or $4.49 for a whole loaf to take home), baked fresh each day.

Breakfasts are served with toast, home fries and the restaurant's homemade marionberry jam. The jam is available for purchase to take home, as well. It costs $4.49 for a cup or $8.99 for a bowl.

The breakfasts range from south-of-the-border options such as a breakfast burrito — filled with cheddar and jack cheese, refried or black beans, scrambled eggs, green onions, and topped with homemade red or green salsa, sour cream and olives — for $9.99 to country style, with options such as the restaurant's "Mountain Man" breakfast.

Created by two of the restaurant's regulars, the "Mountain Man" is a buttermilk biscuit split in half and topped with two sausage patties, eggs, cheddar cheese and homemade sausage gravy. The dish costs $10.99 or $7.99 for the junior size. The restaurant also offers omelettes, scrambles, eggs Benedict, pancakes, waffles, granola and most other breakfast staples.

While breakfast is served all day, lunch service begins at 11 a.m.

The lunch menu expands offerings to include deli sandwiches, salads and burgers. A standout from the lunch menu is Kristal's Killer Chicken Sandwich for $10.59. Served on a grilled french roll, the sandwich features a marinated chicken breast, bacon, avocado, grilled onions, jalapenos, melted pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayo.

The restaurant occupies a simple, reddish-brown building with a carved, wooden sign facing the street and two picnic tables out front, which are available for dining in the summer. The space is larger than it appears from the outside, with plenty of seating. The walls are a calming shade of salmon pink with blue accents, and images of pancakes, bacon, eggs and coffee decorate the space.

The wait staff is friendly, and the spot is a favorite among locals and visitors, earning the restaurant a certificate of excellence from review website TripAdvisor in 2013.

Hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Call 541-488-0295 or see www.breadboardashland.com.

— Ian Hand