Wednesday, July 20, 2011

New Sammy

Ashland, Oregon, July 20, 2011—

THE BEST TABLE in town, hands down, far as I'm concerned, is actually three miles north or so, at New Sammy's Cowboy Bistro, where all the vegetables and herbs are from the garden, breads and pastries made in house, meat and poultry locally sourced, wine chosen with intelligence and knowledge, and lunch costs fifteen bucks, wine and dessert extra.

The garden at New Sammy's

We'll be there for dinner in a couple of days, but that doesn't keep us from lunching there today. The menu offered six choices, and while the gnocchi, the duck confit, the braised lamb, and the hamburger were attractive, I setttled for

A "picnic " platter: pork terrine with walnuts and raisins, duck liver mousse with rye bread, artichoke with aîoli, fava beans in the shell, padron peppers, Humboldt Fog cheese, olives

and it was absolutely delicious: a thing to linger over. Dessert? Of course. Six items on the menu, not including a fine selection of cheeses: I opted for

Bittersweet chocolate/milk chocolate and rose mousse layer cake with honey ice cream


Pinot grigio, Collio, La Boatina, 2007 (authoritative); Commandaria (Greece)(deep and beautiful)
• New Sammy's Cowboy Bistro, 2210 South Pacific Highway, Talent, Oregon; (541) 535-2779

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