Psssst…. We’ve Got the Inside Scoop on Four (well, Five) Newly Opened Restaurants in Grants Pass
They say when it rains it pours. This spring/late winter, it poured restaurants in Grants Pass. Four new establishments opened shop downtown, one returned to its old stomping grounds (Four Seasons Chinese) and one got a major remodel (Taqueria Mexico).
Among the new restaurants are Lulu’s for the Love of Food on G Street, Taroko Asian Tapas Bar on 6th Street, Carson’s Bistro on H Street and Oregon POUR Authority & Pizza Studio on 7th Street. And though not local, Red Robin also opened, but we’ve seen your car there. Multiple times. So we figured you didn’t need the deets, but if you do, it’s located at 1561 SW Allen Creek Rd., open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and the menu can be found at redrobin.com.
We stopped by the downtown joints to get the details on the menus, hours, locations and more. Find their details below and stay tuned for reviews.
Name: Lulu’s for the Love of Food
Location: 237 SW G St
Phone: (541) 295-8627
Hours: 8 am-3 pm Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri; 9 am-2pm Sat-Sun; closed Wed
Description: Local and organic food inspired by various regions including the South and Latin America.
Kids menu: No, but can make items on request especially for kids, like bean and cheese burrito
Vegan/gluten free, etc.? Vegetarian, gluten free, paleo
Sample menu items: banana pancakes, tri-tip sandwich, make-your-own Bloody Mary bar
Item owners say you must try: beignets, croque-madame
Owners: Lisa and Scott Thorsen
Opening date: February
Upcoming changes: Will add dinner soon
Name: Taroko Asian Tapas Bar
Location: 414 NW 6th St
Phone: (541) 474-7108
Description: Intimate Asian fusion restaurant with a handful of large plates and a large selection of small plates for sharing. Sizeable house cocktail list.
Kids menu: No
Vegetarian/vegan/gluten free? Yes! All three.
Sample menu items: seaweed salad, chicken satay, beef stir fry
Item owners/staff say you must try: salt and pepper calamari, seared black pepper tuna, tuna poke salad
Owners: Christie Chiang
Opening date: February
Name: Carson’s Bistro
Location: 220 SW H St Grants Pass, OR 97526
Phone: (541) 916-8020
Hours: 4-9 Tue-Thur; 4-10 Fri-Sat
Description: Pub-style comfort food. Find everything from grilled cheese and tomato soup to macaroni and cheese with ham and caramelized peppers and onions. Local and organic when possible.
Food writer’s notes: Don’t miss the dessert menu, which had both classics like crème brûlée and more contemporary crowd-pleasers like peanut butter pie with a saltine/pretzel crust.
Kids menu: Not a specific kids menu, but lots of kid-friendly dishes
Vegetarian/vegan/gluten free? Yes! Vegetarian and gluten free options. Several mains can be made vegan upon request.
Sample menu items: cheese board, arugula beet salad, spice charred salmon with serrano cilantro pepper sauce
Item owners say you must try: bourbon ketchup meatloaf
Owners: Douglas Carson and Jolie Wilson
Opening date: Opened mid-February with no announcement
Name: Oregon POUR Authority & Pizza Studio
Location: 235 SE 7th Street, Suite 2
Phone: (541) 295-8540
Hours: Hours 11 am-9 pm Mon-Thur; 11 am-11 pm Fri-Sat; closed Sun
Description: wood-fired pizza, pasta, salad
Kids menu: No, but pizza is kid-friendly! (and pasta, too.)
Vegetarian/vegan/gluten free? Gluten free
Sample menu items: margherita pizza, Italian antipasto salad, penne with artichoke hearts, tomatoes and mushrooms.
Item owners say you must try: The Man Town Pizza: red sauce, cheese, pepperoni, sausage, peppers, onions, jalapeño.
Owner: Marv Ransom (also co-owner of the Cigar Cave next door to OPPA)
Opening date: April
Credit for all photos: Melissa Haskin