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Oregon Coast Dining Out: Culinary Nirvana
on a Newport Cliff Top
By Andre' Hagestedt
|Beach just below Village Market & Deli
(Newport, Oregon) - In the middle of history-smothered
Nye Beach, in the central Oregon coast
jewel of Newport, there’s
a tiny secret for those with a palate for the finer things. Village Market
& Deli opened here about three years ago, quietly chipping away at
the wall of commercialized kookiness that is the reigning aesthetic of
many Oregon coast diners, as well as the seafood and chowder that have
been done to death.
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The shop is owned by former Northern Californians Bob and
Deborah Trusty, and their thirtysomething son, Jonathon. The family, already
well versed in the realms of food and the wine fields of the region, left
the corporate world to "live on the edge" in the distinctly
non-urban surroundings of Newport.
They sensed something was missing from the central Oregon coast market:
there were little or no markets that carried the fine, artisan foods they
were used to in their last place of residence. Not only that, they saw
a large contingent of out-of-staters in town looking for the same thing,
as well as a sizable chunk of part time Portlanders who yearned for the
amenities of the Pearl District while they settled into their ocean view
chairs to watch storms or the coast’s magnificent sunsets.
|Sunset offerings at Village Market
The result was this little wonder, which opened up in December
of 2003, specializing in fine food, a cutting edge deli and a "small
but proud" wine shop.
Gleaming and resplendent is the fare at this cozy but sleek
bistro-style eatery. With a partial ocean view to accompany this culinary
adventure, it is still a bit of a hidden secret in this intricate and
charming section of Newport that is itself a little off the beaten path.
Their menu boasts expertly done and innovative dishes around
$8 – open for lunch or late afternoon snacktime only. A variety
of heady gourmet sandwiches of varied layers and subtleties are on hand
to consistently wow you, with loads of innovative concoctions that contain
elements such as wasabi, a spicy and vibrant turkey and many other surprises.
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Their house-made pate remains a huge hit (one regional
writer proclaimed it “better than sex”). Bob Trusty makes
it from chicken – and from scratch – and it is a buttery,
creamy experience that is slightly orgasmic.
|Some of the gourmet deli items for sale
Some of their hot sandwiches have also been big hits recently,
such as the multi-layered Tuscan Turkey (about $8), which features sun
dried tomatoes, an unusually flavorful mustard and other ingredients to
create a distinctive, bold experience.
This has always been my favorite on dining here, which
I do about twice a week, on those weeks where I’m at my Newport
home. This beauty explodes in your mouth with various layers of tart,
tang, sweet and the slightly musky vibe of the turkey. The kalamata olive
mayonnaise, sun dried tomatoes and red onions create a wild rush of zings
from many culinary angles. It’s exceptional.
My dining companion, Melissa, goes for the “Forestier”
sandwich, a combination of mushrooms, chevre cheese and other fantastic
herbs and ingredients. It melts and then floats on your palate in a dreamy
|Artisan cheeses reign supreme here
Soups vary from day to day, but the Trusty’s continuously
come up with novel creations, like soups that involve polenta, a hearty
seafood gumbo or lofty Thai-influenced experimentations that hover in
your mouth in a heavenly manner.
City Vacation Homes
There’s something for everyone
among this selection of wondrous homes: smaller homes with a view
to a large house that sleeps 15. All the homes are either oceanfront
or just a few steps away from the sand – all with a low
bank access and fantastic views. Most are in the Nelscott area;
one is close to the casino. You’ll find a variety of goodies,
depending on the home: fireplaces, multiple bedrooms, dishwashers,
Jacuzzis, washer/dryers, hot tubs, cable TV, VCR, barbecues; there’s
a loft in one, and another sprawling home has two apartments.
Pets are allowed in some homes – ask ahead. Each comes with
complete kitchens so you’ll have a home away from home.
Most have the seventh night free. Prices range from winter $85
to summer $230 per night. www.getaway2thecoast.com.
In their deli area, they have imported a wonderful array
of cheeses such as Double Gloucester Bandaged Truckle, Black Truffle Cheese
from Il Boschetto, as well as some domestic favorites such as Ewe-F-O
and Fog Lights (an eight-ounce version of the unbelievable Humboldt Fog
cheeses from Cypress Grove).
You’ll also find some incomparable imported chocolates
as well as intriguing American-made gourmet brands that will be a seriously
eye-opening experience. Lofberg’s coffee, from Sweden, is also a
magnificent highlight here, and not your average jolt in the morning from
cookie-cutter stands or shops.
There's a bit of bistro-like bar experience here, too,
spotlighting their fine wines and a truly impressive selection of local
and international beers. From Chimay (the good stuff brewed by Trappist
monks) to delicious new finds like central coasters Siletz Brewing Company;
try their Red Head Ale or any of their other, wonderful dark beers. The
wines, meanwhile, come from all over: Chile, Europe, Australia, and lots
of Oregon, California and Washington selections. One highlight is the
“House Wine” label, made from a conglomeration of Washington
wineries who pour together the last of their finest barrels of certain
brands, creating a different mixture of wines with each batch. It is always
an outstanding surprise of tastes and retails for about $10. Jonathon
says, and rightly so, it tastes like a $30 wine.
if all this touch of la dolce vita wasn’t enough, they gladly put
together little “picnic baskets” of lunchtime goodies for
your mid-day munch on the beach. They’ll bundle up sandwiches, salads,
deli items, along with wines or beer in a charming way (boxes are tied
with a bit of straw), and you’ll be on your merry way to enjoy the
sands on a whole new level.
At Spanish Head, Lincoln City. Lincoln City’s only resort
hotel built right on the beach with all oceanfront rooms - nestled
against a rugged cliffside overlooking a soft, sandy beach. Dine
in the penthouse restaurant and bar - for a casual meal or a candlelight
dinner. An array of seafood specialties, juicy steaks and other
Northwest favorites, including a decadent Sunday buffet. Rooms range
from bedrooms to studios to one-bedroom suites with microwaves and
refrigerators to full kitchens. Hotel include wi-fi, spa, saunas,
exercise room and a year-round heated swimming pool. Kids will love
the game room and easy beach access. Full-service conference/meeting
rooms for that inspirational retreat; extensive, gorgeous wedding
possibilities. 4009 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City. 1-800-452-8127
or 541-996-2161. www.spanishhead.com
When they first arrived here, Debra Trusty saw this incoming
tide of new residents from out of state or Portland, and she could see
the writing on the wall for what they would want.
After the first two winters here, the Trusty’s weren’t
sure how well that was working. But Debra says her business has jumped
in the last year or more, and she believes many of her patrons to be those
considering a move here, or they’re already part time residents
“I can’t tell you how many people that browse
our food shelves tell me that they’re here looking for a home,”
Trusty said. “They’re coming from California, Washington,
and a lot from Idaho and Colorado. This was why we started this deli three
years ago: we anticipated a flood of people coming here who would’ve
wanted to find some of the foods they were used to in Sacramento or wherever.”
The awareness of fine foods among all walks of life –
not just the wealthy – has greatly impacted Village Market &
Deli in the last year or two. Partially thanks to foodie shows on cable
TV, gourmet cuisine has become hip and cool, no matter what your income
All this incomparable cuisine also comes with a beautiful
partial view of the ocean in this unusually charming section of Newport.
613 SW Third Street, Newport. 541-265-2257. See
their menu page at www.beachconnection.net/village_bistro_newport
Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Free, fresh baked
cookie upon check-in is just the start. All rooms beachfront and
up against Lincoln City's most famous stretch of beach: the D River.
Each room comes as a suite or mini-suite, and has a kitchen and
balcony or patio. Some w/ gas fireplaces, while all have a DVD Players;
movies to rent come with free popcorn. Heated indoor pool, a spa,
and this fabulous beach is lit at night. Rooms sleep from two, four
to six - including a deluxe fireplace suite. Gift certificates orspecial
occasion packages. www.dsandsmotel.com.
171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.
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Dozens of homes in that dreamy,
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All homes are immaculate and smoke free; some pet friendly (with
a fee). Some with broadband, indoor or outdoor hot tubs, fireplaces,
decks, and fire pits or barbecues. Call about tempting winter specials
that go until March (not valid holidays, however). www.archcaperentals.com
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