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Tasting Notes: Dining

Rogue Valley Roasting Co.

Cuisine and scene: Ashland's neighborhood coffeehouse has been brewing some of the city's best java for more than 17 years in a casual setting of rustic, wooden tables and paneling under open rafters. Food service expanded about four years ago with new owners. In addition to preparing pastries and light breakfast and lunch items in an off-site kitchen, Rogue Valley Roasting has baked goods from Four and Twenty Blackbirds Bakery, Little Shop of Bagels, Annie Mac's and Heidi's Pie in the Sky.

Recommended: Pulled-pork turnover, a simple but hearty meat-filled pastry with subtle barbecue flavor; chicken fajita served with mild salsa; mocha sweetened with dark-chocolate chips and topped with house-made whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Alternative diets: Gluten-free items include Silly Zak's cinnamon squares and toffee-chocolate chip cookies, spiced coffee cake and blondies from Sterling Silver Food Co.

Beverages: Full gamut of hot and cold options, from plain coffees and teas to espresso specialties; also sodas, shakes, smoothies and blended juices.

Price range: Pastries and sweets, $2.30 to $3.25; bagels, $2.25; egg dishes, $3.95; burritos and savory snacks, $4.25 to $4.75.

Extras: Free wireless Internet; parking a bit tricky in tiny lot behind coffeehouse or on one side of residential street; Rogue Valley Roasting beverages — but not food — can also be purchased on the second floor of Ashland's Yogurt Hut downtown.

Serving: From 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Info: 917 E. Main St., Ashland; 541-488-5902; www.roastingcoashland.com.

— Sarah Lemon