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On business in Medford, Ore., recently, my business associate and I asked the hotel for a restaurant recommendation for the best meal in town, and were immediately directed to Porters. We found a fun, casual establishment in the lovingly restored 1910 train station located in the heart of downtown Medford.

Porters offer everything on their menu in the low-carb style. We both ordered beef and added scampi in a wonderful tarragon cream sauce. I found Porter’s food to be equal to top restaurants in San Francisco, Sonoma and Napa. The impressive wine list features classic and local wines.

The restaurant also has a dozen beers on draft and a cocktail menu. Dinners run $14.50 to $33.95. Porters opens daily at 4 p.m. for cocktails and 5 p.m. for dinner.

The owner, Brian Porter, shared with us some of the great history and stories associated with this registered National Historic Landmark and gave us a tour, including the expansive and inviting outdoor patio area on what used to be the train platform. Beginning with the original curved train station ticket counter, the bar (and the enormous Craftsman-style back bar) is one of the most striking in the state.

Contact: Porters, 147 N. Front St., Medford, OR (541) 857-1910,

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