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Food & wine recs - Oregon coast and a little inland

We'll be heading to Oregon from Southern California for about 3 weeks in mid-May. We're starting way east at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for a couple of days, then will probably make a beeline for the coast and spend about 10 days there. Destinations are very flexible, although we do have to be in Lincoln City for a couple of days.

We drive a small camper-van and cook most of our own meals, so would welcome recommendations for good seafood markets as well as restaurants. Fine dining is okay occasionally, but we'd much prefer places that may be casual, but are uniquely Oregon. We both enjoy good wine and my husband is a beer devotee, so would also love to know about good brewpubs, and interesting wineries to visit. We'll adjust our itinerary accordingly.

I know that's asking a lot, but we haven't been to Oregon in over 20 years and want to make the most of it. Mo's in Newport used to be our favorite for good chowder, but I've heard it's not what it used to be (if it's even still around).

Thanks for any help you can give us.

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  1. You can do without Mo's, sadly.

    I think you can't miss the brewpub in Pacific City. It's not far out of Lincoln City, the view is GORGEOUS (go at an off time or hold out for a great table), and there's a neat walk to be had uphill at the point there. There are often surfers. And the beer is FAB. http://www.pelicanbrewery.com/

    My favorite local winery is Winters Hill. They have brilliant pinot and dessert wine, and are just plain the nicest, nicest people.

    1. If you drive to Lincoln City by going through Salem you really ought to hit some great Oregon wineries. You will be very close to McMinnville, Carlton and Dundee. Ground zero for the Oregon Pinot Noir business, most of Oregon's top 10 wineries are located here along with some good eats. McMinnville is probably 15-20 minutes max out of your way on the highway to Lincoln City. Stop and smell the roses and sip a little.

      1. The Stand, in Seaside is a wonderful little taco joint. Everything we ate their was the best in its class. Fresh thick tortillas especially.

        1. Try the Bay House near Gleneden for a terrific gourmet meal.

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          1. There is a LOT of info on this board regarding the coast restaurants and markets. A search of the site will get you much more info than waiting for responses, including an array of agreements/disagreements about the recs.