38 Central


No offense to the residents of cities like Medford, but typically when a semi-world-travelled-band-dude hears that our “halfway point” for our day off/travel day is Medford – we don’t know what to except… we usually fear for the worst. Ashley and I were pretty sure our options would be limited to the “family-friendly” chains of strip-mall America on this day… boy were we wrong.

Writing this now, I have since had another trip to Medford with even more amazing food (but that’s for a later episode).

We checked in, got prepped for dinner – and headed out to 38 Central; a place that sounded quite promising by all the sources we’d been checking in to. We had a very odd cab drive come by in a car that was a little too nice to be considered a cab. It was one of those… almost-Bentley-looking things. He told stories of how he used to work with this band, that band, etc. Always fun…The menu had all the right things I want to see: local, free-range, organic, and other albeit-trendy terms… but things I feel necessary in restaurants. We should eat seasonal, we should eat local – we need to be sustaining our communities, our local farmers and producers and butchers and workers and chefs and cooks and food stands/trucks – not people thousands of miles away.

I start with the Southern Oregon Porter – a great, hearty local porter. Having recently become such good pals with Anders (singer of In Flames) I was I had him around to describe the beer. That man can describe in the most accurate of details what you’re tasting in a beer/scotch/bourbon – I will be interviewing him one day for his secrets and knowledges.

Since only being Ashley and myself, we opt for the 1/2 Mac: Rogue creamery aged-cheddar, parmigiano reggiano, hardwood smoked bacon. Crumbly, delicate, and try was the top – creamy and cheesy inside. The bacon added a good amount of tasty saltiness – mac and cheese mentally throwing us back to childhood. 

Expecting a small portion of the 38 Central Quesadilla (since typically with Duck confit, portions are usually a hint smaller) – 38 Central delivered a massive portion of Duck confit, smoked fontina, plum BBQ sauce Quesadillas. Not unlike the mac and cheese, it was a fun throwback to the familiar fun foods of youth. This thing was massive – I’m assuming the full size of a burrito-tortilla; the flavors were a smidge harder to pick out in the quesadilla – and the texture maybe a hint smooshier than it shoulda been – but still a fun take on the quesadilla. 

38 Central’s thing with their soup was something along the lines of “it’s made a day or so before” to truly allow the flavors to mix in nicely. We had their soup of the day – the corn chowder – decent stuff. The main was the 38 Burger (all natural angus beef, aged cheddar, caramelized sweet onions, fries, house made bun) – a really solid New American burger. It was just right for a burger… it’s hard to really pinpoint exactly the details of a burger done right… you just sort of know. 38 did it right.

If you find yourself in Medford – get to 38 Central for dinner with pals or a loved one. Definitely the right pick.

10 thoughts on “38 Central

  1. Your food blog always amuse me a lot. Mac&Cheese is so different from usual one I did try when I used to live in Canada. I’d love to try making it at home from your explanation! Since in Japan,I haven’t eaten Mac&Cheese for a long time.

  2. “We should eat seasonal, we should eat local – we need to be sustaining our communities, our local farmers and producers and butchers and workers and chefs and cooks and food stands/trucks – not people thousands of miles away.”

    Being a trained chef and hospitality professional for 6 years. Could not agree more.

  3. Matt, this is off topic, but have you heard about the Invisible Children campaign? I feel like thats something you would support…

  4. And on a third note, Your posting on here somehow gets rerouted to my facebook, and I’m pretty sure I’ve gained weight eating from being hungry while looking at your blogs.

  5. Answer me one big question, why do i always have to chceck your posts when im extremely hungry? im jealous of your food adventures!

  6. Looks so good! Ive been playing guitar for years so i could work up to playing as well as many of my idols including you and Cory. I hope to be in a totally awesome band like yours so i can not only rock peoples faces off but also to travel the world and taste and experience the culture. Its so cool that you do this. always makes me hungry, and kinda jealous. Thanks for making awesome music and sharing your food ventures with the world.

  7. Why thank you for such a thoughtful review! Although we have no T.V. here at 38 Central, our goal is indeed to keep our food sourcing footprint local and small as possible ~ Medford is growing into its own destination (and with the Restoration of our Holly Theater we will have a perfect 1,000 seat venue for your sell-out concert when next you drive Hwy 5!)

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