Tasty, Versatile Cuisine: Luna Café is a Pleasure
by Jeanine Moy and Sara Jane Wiltermood
Though staying overnight at the Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites is a treat, the bright, retro scene and a cooked-from-scratch menu of their Luna Café can be enjoyed anytime. A visit to the Luna Café is a nice way to avoid the traffic of downtown Ashland; a short distance from the south Ashland I-5 Exit 14, with the old-school style of a roadside diner and the contemporary quality of the foodie revolution.
With all the different, high quality cuisine to be had in Ashland, Manager Cassie Spiker says that Luna Café stands out as more approachable than most, though they keep the high quality, using not only their own sous chef Shay Spear and two excellent pastry chefs, but also Damon Jones, the chef of the two Larks properties.
“We are a little bit different for Ashland; we have a casual atmosphere and yet an element of fine dining in our food,” she says. “With our counter style—where you order at the counter and we serve it to you—we like to empower our guest to have their own experience here.”
Luna Café brings products and produce from local growers and artisans from around the Rogue and Applegate Valleys to the table, putting forth impressive support for our local food systems like at the Wandering Roots Farm and sweet folks from the Rise Up Bakery. They also win a big “kudos” for hosting this year’s Thrive Eat Local Dinner, benefiting the local nonprofit Thrive and furthering your dollar to help local farms and businesses.
The sizeable selection of meals and treats evokes something beyond a café (yet still short of a good east-coast style diner). Luna’s specialties like rotisserie chicken and meats, gourmet pizza, burgers, and sandwiches are filling and delicious. There are also vegetarian options, artisan coffees, house-made pastries, micro brews, cocktails, and the region’s best local wines and cheeses.
But what to choose?
Manager Cassie Spiker says that their bestseller is the Cobb Salad with Rogue Creamery Blue Cheese on top, though the burgers and pizzas are also a favorite staples.
“My favorite dish is the grilled wild salmon with basil aioli, garlic butter and a side item—I would suggest the cucumber feta salad,” she says.
And to drink with that?
“Basil cucumber mojito or Caldera root beer,” she adds.
Or for breakfast, alongside their Noble Coffee Espresso—fresh made turnovers with local fruit, like peaches and berries.
Well suited for a casual lunch date or informal business dinner meeting, the Luna Café provides a wide array of seating options; at the bar, amongst the ‘mercantile’ stocked shelves, booths, well-lit tables, and a balcony for temperate weather. It is good to be able rely on place that has fresh food, clean atmosphere and friendly service—coffee first thing, taking a mid-day break like it’s 1975, or rounding out the day with a delicious dinner—any time of day, a wholesome experience.
8 am – 9 pm, daily
2525 Ashland Street, Ashland