As a southern boy I’m always on the lookout for a good chicken-fried steak. After a friend recommended I go to Jazzy Ladies Cafe I rounded up the family and headed over.
We were greeted right away by the hostess who was very attentive and friendly, it has been awhile since I have been in a restaurant this hospitable. We were given our menus and told to order at the counter when we were ready. I noticed that they did have several gluten-free and dairy free options for those with allergies, and mostly use organic ingredients. The best part was everything is made from scratch!
Once we ordered our food came out in a timely fashion, and boy oh boy, we were not dissappointed. Jazzy Ladies Cafe uses a fresh cut of tenderized steak, dips in their homemade batter and cooks it when you order it. You can certainly tell the difference in the freshness and the flavor! Not to mention the sausage gravy was just like the one my Grand’ma used to make. Clearly someone here cares about creating a quality dining experience. My only suggestion to future diners is if you are looking to have the chicken fried steak experience be sure an call ahead, they tend to sell out of it before they close at 3pm.
Have a look at their menu and see what else you may enjoy! http://jazzyladiescafe.com/menus.html
If you have never been to the Backstage Bakery in Cottage Grove you are in for a treat! I am a southern boy, and I have been looking for a long time for someone who does biscuits and gravy the right way. The Inhat Brothers have their recipe down to a T!
There menu is also loaded with other delicious items, but I drive all the way to see them when I am craving a good B&G! If you have any places that you think would compete with them please leave a comment below I would love to hear your experience!
To see a full selection of there menu click here http://places.singleplatform.com/backstage-bakery-and-cafe/menu?ref=google
As someone who used to work in Cottage Grove I am very familiar what this town has to offer. To this day it is still one of my favorite Daycation spots. When I go I usually like to hit up the Backstage Bakery for breakfast because they have “hands down” the best biscuits and gravy in Lane County. The Inhat Brothers definitely don’t mess around when it comes to creating a menu your grand’ma would’ve been proud of. You will find all of your favorite classics on there, including a great cup of coffee!
After breakfast, head over to one of my favorite vintage stores 5 Flying Monkeys, their prices and collection can’t be beat. They have a unique blend of antiques and funky thrift store items that will keep you busy for hours. Next door is the Crafty Mercantile an original shop for those of you who love creating your own arts and crafts at home. Not only do they have everything you need to stay busy in the studio, they also provide plenty of inspiration, and work space in the store. If you are a bookworm you are in luck Cottage Grove has 3 of the coolest bookstores in the area. Kalapuya Books is located next to the Backstage Bakery, Bookmine across the street also doubles as a jewelry store and plant shop. Not even a stones throw away is a friendly priced used bookstore called Books on Main.
For lunch I will usually go to Jack Sprats a great little cafe that I think is one of the true hidden gems in Cottage Grove, or Buster’s Main Street Cafe. They both have excellent Reuben sandwiches, and they are only about 2 blocks away from each other. After lunch I like to drive by a few of their famous covered bridges before heading home https://traveloregon.com/things-to-do/trip-ideas/scenic-drives/cottage-grove-covered-bridge-tour-route/
There are many other great places to visit in Cottage Grove, this is just a few of my personal favorites. Please visit the CG Chamber of Commerce to find out more information about all the great places it has to offer http://www.cgchamber.com/
So the next time you are planning a day trip, consider our neighbors to south and visit one of these hidden treasures!