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A Guide to Oregon Coast Seafood Restaurants, Dining
(Oregon Coast) - For many, it's half the reason to head to the Oregon coast. For others, it's simply a requirement of being an Oregonian: indulging in the seafood, the fish 'n' chips, and of course, the chowder.
Some of the best of Oregon coast seafood restaurants are represented here – the places to chow down on chowder and other former ocean dwellers, often while staring at the waves and the place your dish came from. From family friendly to upper crust upscale, this is where to start when you get those hunger pangs after bounding around the beach.
For a full list of Oregon coast restaurants, menus, and items other than seafood....
Cannon Beach. The very family-oriented Cannon Beach Fultano's Pizza feeds your need for fishies with pizzas. Shrimp pizzas feature mushrooms and olives, a shrimp margherita with garlic and herb infused olive oil topped with a three-cheese blend, roma tomatoes, fresh garlic, red onions and fresh basil. The Seafood pesto pizza has a pesto sauce with shrimp and baby clams. You can also put anchovies or smoked oysters on your pizzas. 200 N. Hemlock and Second Street. www.CBfultanos.com (503) 436-9717.
Pelican Brewing Company Cannon Beach. Appetizers include Smoked Oyster Bruschetta features brined, smoked oysters served with spent-grain bread crostini, aioli, oven-roasted tomato and arugula; Smoked Chicken Lettuce Wraps in a spicy Asian BBQ sauce and rice noodles; salmon cured in one of their beers; or a towering plate of onion rings and other unique specialties. An interesting variety of flatbreads with seafoods or sausage are around $15. Heartier full plate dishes are $13 to $25 and include fish and chips, a smoked half chicken, mac n' cheese, a malt crusted salmon, Pacific NW Cioppino (a spicy broth with prawns, clams, Dungeness crab, fresh fish), a Sweet Potato Quinoa Cake, or fish tacos marinated and served with a spicy Baja sauce. There's even a 14-Hour Slow Smoked Tri-Tip. Many sandwiches and burgers round out the main courses, often including a cured salmon and BLT wrap, a burger with cajun sauce and poblano chili, and other incarnations. Salads, soups and chowder - along with many desserts - round out the offerings. 1371 S. Hemlock Street. Cannon Beach, Oregon. 503-908-3377. http://pelicanbrewing.com/pubs/cannon-beach/
Manzanita. At the San Dune Pub in Manzanita, everything is around $10 for their seafood menu. Their fish tacos are rather legendary, and come in sets of two. There are also shrimp tacos. There is the clam strips platter, a phat fish 'n' chips the famed fish burger, oyster burger or an oyster Po' boy sandwich. Don't forget prawn cocktails or the calamari that comes with a chipotle mayo. 127 Laneda Ave., Manzanita, Oregon. 503-368-5080. www.sandunepub.com
Pelican Tillamook Tap Room. Inside a soaring family-friendly facility, you are dining with a view of the tap room, where much of the Pelican Brewery action happens. Deep in the heart of inland Highway 101 and the area's green, rolling hills, about 12 miles from the beaches. Indulge in a more downhome version of the Pelican's favorite cuisine, with specialties for kids as well. Start with appetizers like fries, a hummus based on their beer that comes veggies and chips, oyster shooters or fried cheese curds. Big sandwiches and burgers on tap such as various burgers, including one very spicy one with chipotle and fried jalapenos. Take to the ocean with the oyster basket (local Netarts oysters) or their famed fish and chips. A scrumptious Reuben is literally piled high with corned beef, while the elk burger will intrigue you. 1708 First Street. Tillamook, Oregon. 503-842-7007. Website here
Meridian Restaurant & Bar, Pacific City. A soaring ceiling with hardwood exposed native wooden beams gives way to tall windows that provide a stunning ocean view. The centerpiece to this dreamy atmosphere is a towering fireplace that doubles the cozy yet shimmering, seamless ambiance. The other centerpiece is the catch of the day and seafood that’s already become famous. All dishes sourced from Northwest farms, most entrees are $20 to $30, some up around $45. The menu changes periodically, but a sampling of approaches includes: A smoked, black cod with pickled mustard seed, grilled cauliflower steak in a burnt carrot mole, abalone with mushrooms, or a rockfish rapini that graced with wasabi, Cara Cara orange and hot honey. Innovative breakfasts take on delights like hash pork confit or eggs benedict. Brunch and lunch menu features burgers, crab cakes, plenty of seafood and salad options. 33000 Cape Kiwanda Dr. Pacific City, Oregon. 503.483.3000. Meridian Restaurant website.
Pelican Brewing Pacific City. At the scenic and family-friendly Pelican Pub and Brewery, you get a free show with your meal. The waves are startling, and you can watch the action of Pacific City boaters and surfers.
For dinner, starters include crab cakes, calamari and a bay shrimp martini (around $10 or less). Seafood pastas include smoky linguine with clams that has garlic, fennel and proscuitto ham with manila clams; a seafood mac 'n' cheese with sauteed bay scallops shrimp, pepper bacon and fresh spinach; an oyster Po' Boy with oysters dipped in their famed beer batter; steak and seafood with shrimp and scallops; a grilled yellowfin tuna, pan fried oysters; or a pan-seared Pacific Rockfish with Kiwanda Cream Ale tomato and caper sauce. Check out the malt encrusted salmon and a massive bouillabaisse that hosts two kinds of shrimp, local Dungeness crab, calamari and other klinds of fish in a saffron-fennel broth. The crab crusted Mahi-Mahi is draped in local crab and a citrus beer blanc.
Pizzas can have seafood as well, like the smoky scallop. Their dinner menu ranges from $12 to $25.
That's just dinner. There's plenty for lunch that's less expensive, and some of their breakfast items boast seafood. 33180 Cape Kiwanda Drive. Pacific City, Oregon. 503-965-7007. www.pelicanbrewery.com.
Lincoln City. The Inn at Spanish Head's Fathoms Restaurant provides one awe-inspiring ocean view along with a huge menu of seafood. Appetizers (around $10) include Seafood Cocktails Jumbo Prawn, Dungeness Crab, Cumin and Coriander Fried Calamari, or crab cakes with Asian mustard.
The steamed clams comes with one pound of Manila Clams simmered in garlic, herbs and white wine, or the surf and turf dish includes one massive steak and an Australian lobster tail ($43).
In the $15 - $25 range is salmon (grilled, poached or blackened) in an orange chipotle glaze, crab stuffed halibut in a Bearnaise sauce, blackened ahi tuna, battered halibut served with mango pineapple salsa or tartar sauce, a Coconut and Macadamia Nut Crusted Halibut with a Thai peanut sauce, and a seared ahi tuna with a mango pineapple salsa. 4009 SW Highway 101. Lincoln City, Oregon. 541-994-1601 or 800-452-8127. www.spanishhead.com /site/restaurant.html
Depoe Bay. In Depoe Bay, a splendid view of the ocean gives way to stunning seafood at the famous Tidal Raves. Start off with a Crisp Calamari quick fried in cornmeal and rice flour, served with cilantro-lime dip, maybe Manila clams in a dry white wine sauce, Dungeness crab, various seafood cocktails, or a Pacific Oyster Basket that's either pan fried or panko fried (all between $6 - $13).
Salads come with shrimp or a massive Pacific Oyster stew.
Dinner entrees (from $17 to $20) boast a green curry halibut with steamed peanut rice, lots of fish 'n' chips. Seared Sea Scallops on potato hash studded with sun dried tomato, bacon. and smoked tomato glaze, a Char Grilled Wild Salmon with crab risotto and vodka sauce, Dungeness Crab Casserole or that massive and famous Cioppino that's stuffed with clams, shrimp, crab and fish in a tomato-herb broth.
There's a Thai Barbequed Shrimp with an exotic curry, a linguine tossed with clams, crab, shrimp and fin fish in a choise of sauces, an herb crusted Pacific snapper with shrimp-caper sauce and smoked salmon potato cake or the coconut shrimp with a Saigon slaw and ginger-orange sauce. 279 NW Hwy 101. Depoe Bay, Oregon. 541-765-2995. www.tidalraves.com
Yachats. The Adobe Restaurant boasts an impressive view of the consistently crazed waves of Yachats. You could almost imagine those yummy critters hopping straight out of the surf and onto your plate. Appetizers include oysters in a red sauce, breaded calamari rings, steamed clams with garlic bread or shrimp or crabmeat cocktail. Salads are famous for their seafood nirvana. There's New England clam chowder. Entrees ($17 - $20) have Yaquina Bay oyster rolled in bread crumbs in various forms; seafood fettuccine with sauteed bay shrimp, baby scallops and Dungeness crab in a garlic cream sauce; a smoked salmon fettuccine; scampi al ferri; beer battered jumbo prawns; a shrimp stir fry in fresh veggies and butter; a corn tortilla filled with Oregon shrimp; scallops sauteed and breaded in a white Tarragon sauce; a pot of baked crab in a shallot cream sauce or a Captain's Platter with numerous former ocean dwellers, including the catch of the day. 1555 Hwy 101. Yachats, Oregon. 800-522-3623. (541) 547-3141. www.adoberesort.com/dining.htm
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