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Covering 160 miles of Oregon coast
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Fish Market Starts On N. Oregon Coast
(Bay City, Oregon)
– It’s the perfect opportunity to take in the atmosphere
of a real coastal fish market, complete with the salt air, Pacific
breezes and lull of lapping waves, while snagging some of the freshest
seafood possible for your enjoyment back home.
Pacific Oyster, the seafood
fixture on the north Oregon coast for years, is kicking off its
summer season with the yearly tradition of its massive outdoor fresh
fish market. The fun begins its run this Memorial Day weekend, running
through summer until Labor Day weekend.
by the Tillamook Bay
fish market features dozens of kinds of fish, often even a larger
variety than is sold in the facility’s year-round indoor store.
Whole crabs, tuna, salmon, halibut, rockfish, cod, calamari, oysters
and whatever else is possibly obtained in the northwest is found
here. Fish is sold whole, filleted or by the pound, coming in daily
from around Oregon and Washington.
A thirty-foot long covered
area at Pacific Oyster is used for the outdoor fish market, providing
shelter from the elements should the rains kick in. On some days,
Pacific Oyster may be barbecuing and smoking oysters right there,
made available for purchase and consumption on the spot.
view while dining
sits on a jetty-like structure that juts out into the scenic, pristine
Tillamook Bay, with some picnic benches provided for outdoor dining.
Inside, the restaurant
and fish market portion of Pacific Oyster has fed locals and tourists
alike for years, with insanely fresh seafood that is often served
within a day or so of being caught. There’s little that isn’t
seafood on the menu, with burgers made of former ocean dwellers,
fish ‘n’ chips and seafood melts between $5 and $15,
while more complete dinners are around $13. They have a cioppino
to die for: thick, hearty and so stocked full of a variety of fish
it puts a hatchery to shame. It contains a huge variety of fish,
from oysters, halibut, cod and shrimp to even a smattering of octopus.
The oysters are like tender little chunks of beef: extremely rich
and flavorful, quite powerful for their miniscule size
tour while dining
The recent addition
of homemade pies (created on the premises) gives it a special touch.
plant here employs some 15 shuckers, processing two dump trucks
a day full of oysters – about 10,000 pounds. There’s
a self-guided tour of the oyster shucking process, where diners
can watch the professionals in action – perfect for entertaining
the kids. Children and kids-at-heart will also love ogling the two
shipwrecks which sit lodged near the facility. 5150 Oyster Drive,
Bay City. (503) 377-2323.