Ashland has been a place where my family goes annually. This year's trip was a little different as my 26 year old son Marc joined us for the first day.
Ashland is approximately 300 miles from Portland near the California border. When we are seeing two plays in a day, we usually drive about half-way to Ashland. the night before our first play. This year was no exception. Our first food stop was Novack's in Albany , Oregon, roughly 70 miles from Portland. This place is a roadfood treasure, an authentic Hungarian Bakery and restaurant in very un-ethnic Albany. My favorite dish is goulash with langos bread, a type of fry bread served with garlic and apricot jam which was wolfed down hungrily by the four of us so quickly that we ordered a second. Very good sausage, chicken paprika, noodle dishes, were shared by all. The bakery is good but I have never had room for its pleasures.
The Novack family came Albany in 1957 and started the restaurant in 1962. The good news is that their granddaughter runs the kitchen and is reputed to be as good a cook as her grandmother.This means we may have another 20 or 30 years of great food guaranteed. I urge any roadfooder to make this place a priority stop while driving on I-5 through Oregon.
We stopped for the night in Rice Hill, a small community about 30 miles from Roseburg and 40 miles from Eugene. It features another Roadfood stop, the K-R Drive-In. The place has 35 flavors or Umpqua Ice Cream, a high butterfat ice cream from the area that is as delicious as any I have ever tasted. It also has huge portions,( a baby is one scoop, a small two scoops, a medium 4 scoops, and a large 6 scoops. You must have at least two scoops of any flavor. The spot had a nasty owner who wrote notes to customers telling them not to mix flavors, not to complain about taste and to avoid asking for credit to to write checks as any any employee who agreed to do any of these things would be fired on the spot. She died a few years ago and the place now takes credit cards and the staff seems less tense. My favorite flavors are blackberry and huckleberry but I've never had one I disliked there.
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