This is the place in Ashland to sample some fine Nuevo Latino cuisine in a casual setting.  Tapas, dinner entrees and desserts are served here, making this a favorite hot-spot before the Shakespeare plays.  The duck tamales and crab quesadilla are good tapas, while the slow-roasted pork, fajitas, and guava-chipotle babyback ribs are excellent choices for a dinner entree.

Something many tourists don't know is that Tabu is open for food and drinks until 1 a.m. Thursday through Sunday during most of the year. Chef/owner Jevan features a wide variety of easy-to-eat plates that range from snacks to tapas to something more substantial. You'll find "Sloppy Jose", the taco du jour, soups, and a lot more from 9 p.m. until 1a.m.

The downstairs space (Tabu Abajo) was turned over to Allyson's for other uses, but the upstairs remains open until late. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday there is dancing (salsa) and someone's always available to teach newcomers.

As with every other mid-range tavern in Ashland, Tabu used to have a television in the bar area. Since early 2008 they've become the one spot in Ashland that's ESPN-free. Their bar is now a great space to have a bite and a drink, chat with friends, meet new people, and have a good time. The sports zombies have moved along to The Black Sheep, Louis', Alex's, and the pubs.

www.taburestaurant.com