Ashland, Oregon, March 29, 2010—AN EARLY DINNER tonight at Tabu, where we've eaten once almost every time we've spent a week here. The place can be fun; it offers free dance lessons now and then, and is open late for tapas after the theater. Tonight, though, when we arrived, we were the only guests. I grabbed Lindsey for a slow whirl or two across the dance floor, then we settled into a booth for dinner, starting with a four-dollar Margarita.
I had a house salad — greens, cabbage, pico de gallo, jicama, cumin-flavored dressing, spiced pumpkin seeds — and a tasty flatiron steak, rubbed with a coffee-and-spice preparation, then nicely grilled, served with chili-flavored garlic mashed potatoes and a sort of pico-de-gallo-encumbered ratatouille. Big servings, nothing-fancy presentation, nice service, tasty food.
Tabu, 76 N. Pioneer, Ashland, Oregon; tel. 541-482-3900