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Tasting Notes: Louie's

 Posted: 8:50 AM January 24, 2013

Louie's Restaurant & Bar

Cuisine and scene: This sports bar on Ashland's Plaza touts a budget-conscious menu of American favorites — all $10 or less — and a family-friendly atmosphere during lunch and dinner hours. Dark woodwork, brass railings and mirrored walls create the classic, neighborhood-bar ambiance.

Recommended: Touting its burgers as Ashland's "favorite" for going on 15 years, Louie's clarifies that customers most often choose the savory turkey burger, a juicy, rich, all-white-meat patty under a slice of American cheese; the quarter-pound "recession" cheeseburger with all the fixings for $4.99 costs less than most chain-restaurant versions; beer-battered onion rings are tender and sweet.

Alternative diets: Vegetarian burger; hormone-free Country Natural Beef patties available for an additional 50 cents.

Beverages: Local, regional and other domestic, draft beers by the pint and pitcher; domestic and imported, bottled beers; Oregon, other domestic and imported wines by the glass and bottle; specialty cocktails and full bar; fountain sodas, juices, milk, hot chocolate, tea and coffee.

Price range: Appetizers, $3.99 to $8.99; salads, $4.99 to $9.99; soups, $2.99 to $4.99; sandwiches and wraps, $3.99 to $9.99; burgers, $4.99 to $8.99; "classic" plates, $8.99 to $9.99; desserts, $1.99 to $6.99.

Extras: Outdoor seating available along Ashland Creek; seven high-definition, big-screen televisions tuned to sports broadcasts; Tuesday and Wednesday game nights; 18 percent gratuity for parties of six or more; parking in the Plaza or nearby Lithia Park.

Serving: From 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, until 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Info: 41 N. Main St., Ashland; 541-482-9701; www.louiesofashland.com.

— Sarah Lemon


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