2315 Upper River Rd Loop
Grants Pass, OR
Why did we dine here? – Summer Jo’s is a unique restaurant in Grants Pass, Oregon, right in the heart of the fertile Rogue Valley. We were on a road trip and were passing through the city on our way to the Northern California coast. They run an organic farm and also have a restaurant that utilizes their vegetables, flowers, and culinary herbs.
We dined here toward the end of summer, and sat in their outdoor area. While this was not the most fancy restaurant around, it did possess a lot of charm with its live band playing. This place feels like a hippie outpost.
Insider Tip – Come during the summer.
Cuisine – American
Location – Grants Pass, Oregon
Opened – 2000
Service – Summer Jo’s had fair service. There weren’t enough servers to go around and our server was a bit aloof.
Verdict – Summer Jo’s is an interesting restaurant, one we haven’t encountered before. If you are passing through this area, give it a try.
Summer Jo’s Signature Dishes – Pizza, Pasta.
Summer Jo’s’s Menu changes from time to time based on what ingredients are available.
Summer Jo’s Food Picks:
Citrus Mesclun Mix Salad with Grapefruit and Orange ($5) – we had to sample their super fresh produce. This salad was aggressively priced and hit the spot.
Pasta Primavera with Roasted Eggplant, Tomatoes, Zucchini, and Sweet Red Peppers topped with mozzarella and parmesan ($11) – included lots of chopped vegetables and the same pasta as the next dish.
Bouef Borguignon with Beef, Carrots, Mushrooms, Pearl Onions ($14) – cubed meat along with decent pasta, made for a solid dish. Check out our review of a Paris restaurant with the best version we have ever had.
Filet Mignon with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables ($24) – topped with crab meat, this small but tender piece of meat had a nice a crust and some rich mash potatoes.
Naples Pizza with Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes, Fresh Basil ($9) – having been to Naples the month before, we can say that this pizza should be renamed. This is clearly an artisan pizza with some excellent cheese, soggy middle, and a nice crust.
Chocolate Brownie – Moist cake, rich cream, nice berries on the side.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Cherry Pie – Mushy, not much crust, oatmeal like sprinkle.
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)