Chowhound Gets 5-Stars in Bandon, Oregon
Chowhound Gets 5-Stars in Bandon, OR
Before our recent trip to Oregon we checked NW Chowhound and it really hit the mark for Bandon, Oregon even though the posts were old. On August 6, 2006 We had an absolutely fantastic dinner at The Wild Rose Bistro, 130 Chicago Street, Bandon, (541-347-4428). After comparing the menus we canceled our reservations at the very ordinary Bandon Wheelhouse and waited for a late table The Wild Rose. It was very, very encouraging that everyone who finished their meals and came out of the restaurant was absolutely glowing with enthusiasm and compliments. One diner told us, “Its worth the wait,” and it was. We first got to know one of the young owners Daniel Flattley, who discussed the wine list with us and brought us a glass while we waited. After being seated Daniel went over the menu with us. Because it had been such a very long day and it was late, we decided to share an appetizer and a main dish.
We had the Scallop Appetizer with a 2002 Brandborg Pinot Noir. The pan seared scallops were served with a carrot and ginger glaze over an asparagus couli with sautéed Shitaki mushrooms and a carrot, green onion and diakon radish salad. Wow. By this time we were practically family. Daniel had been a cook, but his pretty wife Lynn was the master chef. They took over the restaurant about three years ago and never had to look back. Our entrée was a large piece of broiled wild sturgeon with pancetta, on oven roasted Yukon gold potato slices, organic arugala, and shaved fennel with a white truffle and lemon vinaigrette. We had the sturgeon with a Willamette Valley Riesling. Unbelievably great. Even the coffee and bread were wonderful. I don’t know how but we ate it all and loved it.
The next morning we headed right to the delights and many free candy samples at Cranberry Sweets 280 First Street (www.cranberrysweetsandmore.com). Unfortunately the Bandon Cheese shop is no more. After filling both the car and our bellies at Cranberry Sweets, the next stop was seven miles south of town again on Hwy-101 to Rita’s favorite West Coast Wild Animal Park and Petting Zoo. Back in Bandon we really enjoyed the other Chowhound recommendation, lunch at the Crab Shack that’s part of the Port of Call Tackle Shop. They set their own crab pots and serve excellent and absolutely fresh crab sandwiches and crab cakes that we shared. It was a little windy and we eschewed the outside tables for the warmth and view from the nice enclosed glass room behind the Crab Shack provided by the Port with wooden seats and a large table with inlayed turquoise. It was great.
You may have had a "fantastic dinner" at the Wild Rose Bistro but to have truely delicious unique dinner in Bandon you must try the High Dock Bistro. It is across the street fom the Wheel House and is situated on the second story. It has a truely beautiful view of the river and the light house. It just came under new ownership of Kris Nelson, a local chef who has cooked in the area for almost 20 years and Kathy Carnahan, one of the best waitresses I've ever had. Normally with 3 specials a night the chef/co-owner will bring you the tastes that bring people from all over the US to the small town of Bandon to eat.