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Spent last weekend at Lincoln City for the first time. The weather was perfect for long walks on the beach, and we really enjoyed it there. Looked for recs on this board and on portlandfood.org.

We ended up getting into town later than expected on Friday due to serious traffic. Our hotel was next door to Kyllo's, and, although it didn't get any great reviews, decided to go as it was easy. Nice space, I'm sure it has great views when it's light, but as it was dark we had to press our noses to the window to see the beach. There was a large table of boys for a bachelor party whoopin' it up, so the restaurant was very loud. Hubby had a very nice martini, and we started with steamed clams in basic wine/butter sauce. Not bad. I ordered just an appetizer size pan fried oysters, DH got fish and chips. Oh wait, his came with a Caesar salad. It was pretty bland, but the funniest thing is that it came with one stale crouton. Just one. Fried oysters weren't bad, but also bland, and the tartar sauce was awful. The halibut fish and chips was terrible, as were the fries with it. The fish was limp, no crunch at all, breading tasted awful, the fries were thick and tasted like they just came out of the freezer. The place was expensive too. Places like this really amaze me. They have a gorgeous location, huge space, why can't they have better food? I just don't understand. We will not go back.

Next day we had lunch at Pig 'n Pancake because we were hungry and it was there. DH again had fish and chips and I had pancakes with eggs and bacon. The fish was infinitely better, and half the price, than Kyllo's. Crunchy, good flavor, good fries. Pancakes were awesome, over-easy egg cooked perfectly. We were very impressed by this diner food!

That night we had our anniversary dinner at Blackfish Cafe. Fabulous! The place is very loud, and it was very crowded, so not incredibly romantic, but the food made up for it. We had kumamoto oysters to start, which were wonderful - sweet and briny. Then we had an Morrocan eggplant appetizer served with pita, goat cheese, and kalamata olives. The spices were wonderful in this, very different - I actually couldn't put my finger on what I was tasting. It was a little oversalted, as if they took the entire dish after it was prepared and sprinkled salt over it, but luckily, we like salt. Very nice. I had scallops for my main and DH had duck. Both came with risotto, neither of which I liked very much. They seemed undercooked to me, more like rice, with too much herb flavor. Scallops were cooked perfectly, and the duck was amazing. It came with a marionberry compote and some sort of cream sauce, and just melted. DH wanted to hug the cook it was so good. He's never ordered duck before, and he might not ever because he doesn't think it'll ever compare. Our server sent over a gussied-up ding dong over for dessert, on the house, for our anniversary. Nice touch. We had a few glasses of wine, and spent three hours there. We were never rushed, but treated wonderfully. Spent $105 including cocktails and wine, not including tip. Not bad, especially considering we spent half that much at Kyllo's for horrible food.

Next day we had lunch at Wildflower Grill on our way out of town. DH again had fish and chips, which were pretty good. I liked the fries! My creamy chicken soup was wonderful, and the oyster po' boy also was pretty good. Nice to try somewhere different. It wasn't the best restaurant, but not bad by any means.

So, that's it. Sorry for the length! To sum up, go to Kyllo's for a drink and the view, but don't eat anything. Definitely hit Blackfish, and Pig 'n Pancake is pretty good diner food.

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