Owner, manager, cook, waiter, and entertainer of patrons Jason Tree started Pacific Blues restaurant in 1996 as a place to serve wine and beer by the glass with hors d’oeuvres for snacking. As customers returned regularly and expressed a desire for more of his culinary creations, Jason directed its evolution into what it is today: a café and wine shop featuring carefully selected organic wine by the glass or bottle, a variety of coffee drinks and smoothies, and an eclectic vegetarian menu with dishes from around the world. On Jason’s menu you might find the Fat Ghandi Plate (rice and vegetables with home-made curry sauce and blackened tempeh), Hungarian Goulash, red Thai curry with rice, vegetables and tofu, a grilled Brie and cranberry sandwich, and his famous six-cheese lasagna. For dessert, the decadent chocolate cream Chantilly has been a recent stand-by.
A native of the California coast, Jason later found himself in Colorado. After some time, Jason heard the ocean’s call to return and went in search of a small town near it to settle and raise his kids. He found Bandon about 40 years ago, and although he traveled and spent time elsewhere, he always came back.
Besides being an excellent cook and wine connoisseur, Jason is a musician, actor and director. He is a percussionist and occasionally performs with his father and has directed several plays for the Bandon Playhouse, including “A Trip to Bountiful” in Winter, 2014. Jason is a fixture in Old Town and in Bandon, comfortable in the community.
Jason’s mission with Pacific Blues is twofold. First, he strives to keep a varied menu with a very intentionally compiled selection of wine and beer. He is very particular about what he serves to his guests; he wants to provide flavorful healthy food that is as natural and organic as possible, and he tries to cater to individual food needs. Everything on the menu is vegetarian, and Jason laughs when he explains that it sometimes takes a few visits before some of his regulars realize that there is no meat on the menu. Although Pacific Blues is not a gluten-free kitchen, many of his dishes can be enjoyed by the gluten-sensitive, and with Jason’s own home-made vegan cheese, vegans can have the freedom to choose from a wide variety of items on the menu. All of the produce used in menu items at Pacific Blues is organic, and much of it is local. Some of the fruits and vegetables come from just down the road at Valley Flora Farms in Langlois.
The other part of Jason’s mission is to provide a comfortable spot for people to congregate. Although Pacific Blues isn’t the largest restaurant in town, there are nearly always one or two or more groups enjoying coffee or a meal at any given time. Tourists are glad to find a casual restaurant full of natural light with quality food, and locals quickly become regulars. The Thursday and Friday night dinner crowd tends to fill the tables in the restaurant, the few just outside the main dining area, and the tables on the sidewalk outside under the lush trellis. People have come to count on the delicious healthy food and their light-hearted banter with the witty proprietor.
If you enjoy the wine you sip at Pacific Blues, you can join Jason’s “Organic Wine Press Wino of the Month Club” through his organicwinepress.com website where you can purchase excellent wine at a discount. You can also find bottles of the wine Jason has handpicked for purchase at the restaurant.
Head down to Old Town and see what Jason is cooking up. You’ll be treated to fresh and organic food, excellent wine or craft beer, and some great company.
Open 10-5 Monday-Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10-6:30, Saturday 10-5:30 (closed Sunday)
175 2nd St. SE in Old Town Bandon
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