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Holiday Inn Express Roseburg
375 W. Harvard Blvd.
Roseburg, Oregon 97470
(541) 673-7517
Holiday Inn Express Roseburg

View of Umpqua River from every room

View of Umpqua River from every room

February 19th through 24th, 2017

Holiday Inn Express Roseburg is the newest hotel in Roseburg, Oregon. Every room boasts views of the Umpqua River from private balconies or covered patios for ground floor rooms. Amenities and features are the same as any other Holiday Inn Express. Complimentary breakfast with standard run of the mill Holiday Inn Express fare, WiFi, parking, pool, fitness center, business center, guest laundry room, etc… All the basics you need for a mid-level business class hotel.

Check-in was quick and the room requested was immediately available. Some first floor rooms have parking spots in front of the outside facing room doors so if you’re driving and would like to park your car in front of your room be sure and make a special request. There is a large parking lot in front of the main entry for the upper floors access via the elevators. My room appeared to be recently built out and in good repair. It was clean and comfortable for my needs on this extended business trip.

Complaints are few and mostly minor. The biggest complaint though isn’t so minor and isn’t so easy to remedy: the noise level. There was not enough sound proofing built into the walls, floors and ceilings of this hotel. As a result I could her the two women in the room to one side of me arguing about something at 12:30 AM, I could hear the family with small kids playing in the room on the other side of me and could hear what sounded like teenagers wrestling in the room above me until 04:30 AM in the morning. Once they finally gave up for the evening all of the 5 AM risers started waking and I could hear just about every shower and toilet at my end of the building going off in succession. Just to add insult to injury do you remember that beautiful view of the Umpqua River from every room? Well when the ever busy I-5 Pacific Highway is less than 100 yards from the hotel that river makes for a sound tunnel. So that is a long way of saying if you stay here you better bring ear plugs or you’re going to find sleeping difficult. The hardest of sleepers would have trouble here.

Other than that the only too minor complaints I had were the toilet and toilet seat were loose in my bathroom. Maintenance fixed up straight away the toilet seat but the toilet itself rocked and rolled during my entire trip In addition the bottom of the bathroom door was in rough shape most likely from water damage or a small dog scratching at it while locked up. Neither of those issues would keep me from returning.

Since Holiday Inn Express Roseburg is the newest hotel in Roseburg it tends to be booked full on a regular basis. Every weekday morning I dined in the breakfast area the room was pretty much packed and just about every parking spot out front taken. Therefore be sure and make a reservation as far in advance as possible.

Conclusion: Holiday Inn Express Roseburg is the hotel to stay at when visiting or simply passing through Roseburg, Oregon.


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Mariachi Loco Restaurant
719 SE Jackson St
Roseburg, OR 97470
(541) 440-4747
No website

Mariachi Loco Pollo y Mas

Mariachi Loco Pollo y Mas

February 23, 2017

Mariachi Loco Restaurant is a quirky little Mexican food restaurant billed as a Latin American Restaurant located in downtown Roseburg, Oregon. The interior appears to be a bit dated and could use some sprucing up consisting of slightly worn floors, wooden railings and matching wooden tables and chairs dotting the smallish restaurant. Off the shelf posters and framed mass produced art line the walls. Cutouts of Mariachis and Cowboys are situated here and there throughout the restaurant providing opportunities for you to snap a photo of your loved one pimping for Cerveza Corona.

The menu offers basic Mexican food choices for lunch. Combinations are your selection of an item from a list of options paired with sides of rice and beans for $7.50. There are plenty of burrito plates as well as some grilled items such as Carne Asada. There are also a few specials available that change occasionally. The dinner menu is a bit more extensive on selections or repeats of the lunch entrees with slightly larger portions (i.e. billed as a 7″ tortilla at lunch; 10″ at dinner). The items appear to be Tex Mex oriented but the flavor profile appears to be more true Mexican in orientation. Read less spice, more bland here.

For my entree I ordered one of the specials. The Pollo y Mas ($11.50) consists of a pounded and spice rubbed Grilled Chicken filet paired with a battered dipped and pan fried Cheese Chile Relleno. The chicken was flavorful and moist, particularly when wrapped in complimentary corn or flour tortillas topped with excellent fresh sour cream and a little of their homemade guacamole. The Chile Relleno that is topped with a ranchero sauce and crema leans towards a bland presentation. The dish comes with black beans and Spanish rice. The rice was very tasty but the beans were bland tasting and al dente in firmness. This dish was OK but I much preferred the Chile Relleno I had on a previous visit. I’m not sure why that aspect of my dish has declined over the past 4 months.

Attire is casual, jeans do the job like all places in Roseburg. Parking is free on the street in the roughly 3 x 5 block free parking zone of downtown businesses. Major credit cards are accepted.

Conclusion: Mariachi Loco is OK but I wouldn’t go out of my way to dine here again.

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Brix Grill
527 SE Jackson St
Roseburg, OR 97470
(541) 440-4901
No website

Brix Chicken Noodle Cheese Soup

Brix Chicken Noodle Cheese Soup

February 22, 2017

Brix is a Grill / Bistro styled restaurant located in downtown Roseburg, Oregon. The menu is focused on New American and American Classics. There is a good range of selections from soups to salads to specialties to burgers. Breakfast can be ordered until 3 PM if you’d like Breakfast for either Breakfast or Lunch. Lunch and Dinner entrees vary between services providing added variety depending on time of day dining. There is a nice bar available if you’d like to just pop in for a drink and maybe a quick bite to eat without sitting in the main dining area.

Brix Baja Burger

Brix Baja Burger

I ordered the Baja Burger ($13.00). This juicy, flavorful burger served on a ciabatta bun consists of as ordered burger patty, bacon, grilled jalapenos, avocado and pepperjack cheese along with standard toppings of lettuce, tomato, pickles and onions. There are plenty of sides to choose from such as soup, salad, fruit, fries and the like all of which are included in the price of the burger. I opted for the daily soup special of Chicken Noodle Cheese Soup. This soup was an excellent soup packed full of cheese and cream flavors topped with crisp cheese straws for some added texture of crunch. Both the burger and soup are recommended.

Attire is casual. Jeans get the job done around these parts. Parking is free on the street if you park in the downtown parking free zone that spans roughly 3 by 5 blocks around the restaurant. Major credit cards are accepted.

Conclusion: I enjoyed the food and atmosphere at Brix. I’ll return.

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O’Toole’s Pub
328 SE Jackson St
Roseburg, OR 97470
(541) 673-5152
O’Tooles Pun

O'Tooles Grilled Cheese

O’Tooles Grilled Cheese

February 21, 2017

O’Tooles Pub is a neat little pub in downtown Roseburg. Old World style pub with good drinks and tasty, homey pub food. Wooden floors, booths and tables throughout. The menu is solely focused on pub food with lots of interesting starters, salads, soups, classics and burgers. Plenty of great local micro brews available on tap to while the evening away.

I ordered for my lunch the O’MAZING GRILLED CHEESE ($8.50) which consists of smoked mozzarella, candied bacon and house-made tomato jam served on grilled sourdough bread. The sandwich was a great little savory sandwich packing lots of flavor. Included with the sandwich are your choice of fries, soup, salad, cottage cheese, fruit or for a slight up charge onion rings or tater tots. At the suggestion of Casey the owner/operator I went for the onion rings which were a good sized portion of rings coasted in a thick pepper laden batter. They were some of the most interesting and packed full of flavor onion rings i’ve had in quite some time. This dish is recommended.

Service was quick and attentive. Our orders were taken and presented in a timely manner with regular follow up visits on refills from the drinks and whether all was well with the food and service. Just your typically friendly pub environment.

Attire is casual. Jeans or shorts get the job done here. Parking is metered street parking along the road in front of the pub. Major credit cards are accepted.

Conclusion: Like Arnold Schwarzenegger I’ll be back.

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Loggers Pizza & Growlers
1350 NE Stephens St #10
Roseburg, OR 97470
(541) 672-5234

Loggers Tap House
2060 NW Stewart Pkwy
Roseburg, OR 97471
(541) 671-2206

Loggers Tap House & Pizza

Loggers Hook Tender Pizza

Loggers Hook Tender Pizza

February 20, 2017

Loggers is a local pizza operation comprised of two locations in tiny, small town Roseburg. The first is Loggers Pizza & Growlers. This smaller of the two locations seems focused more on pizza delivery & take out. There are dine in tables but the atmosphere is stark and dated, similar to a 1970’s Waffle House layout and decor. The other location is Loggers Tap House which is more in style with a sports bar atmosphere. Located across town near the shopping center Loggers Tap House provides more of a sit down and dine in atmosphere.

The pizza and beer theme is basically the same at both locations. There are several gourmet pizza options as well as the tried and true standards available at any pizza restaurant. The crust here is a little unique, made from a sourdough charger. This provides an added level of flavor to the pizza in addition to the toppings of your choosing. The Tap House location provides additional dishes beyond pizza such as burgers, sandwiches, baskets and additional appetizers not available at the Growler location. The Growler location has Growlers that are available for carry out so you can grab a pizza and growler to go.

I’ve eaten at both locations, the Tap House location back in October, the Growler location on this date and have to say the pizza is uniformly good at both locations. The chicken wing appetizer I had at the Tap House location previously was also quite tasty. The beer selection at both locations is quite good with plenty of local micro brew selections on tap and by the bottle.

On this occasion I ordered the Hook Tender 10 inch ($10.50) which is billed as a pepperoni Lovers pizza consisting of three types of pepperoni: Signature, Spicy & Cupping Pepperoni. The pepperoni combination was flavorful with a preferred slight crisp to it from the oven. Crust was firm and flavorful as well made from a sourdough charger. Previously I ordered the Create Your Own made with Pepperoni, Bacon & Jalapeno (PB&J) with similar results. Both pizzas are recommended.

Atmosphere at both locations is very much casual. Jeans or shorts get the job done at both locations. Parking is available at both locations in the lot fronting the locations. Major credit cards are accepted except for American Express.

Conclusion: Loggers is recommended for some of the best, casual pizza in Roseburg. If you dare order Dominoes your pizza ordering privileges should immediately be revoked.

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