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Going to the Long Beach pennisula in July...How is the Ark these days. Other suggestions? Spending the week so we are up for a variety.

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  1. Unfortunately, the Ark closed a few years ago.

    1. The Ark's time to close, was a bit over due. I don't think anything can beat the view but there are some decent alternatives. The Beaver pub at the Shelbourne Inn is good for a casual meal. They have a more formal dining room but I don't think it's anything that memorable. If you find something good out there, please post, I would like to know about it.

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      1. re: vega4933

        As I was checking into things yesterday I saw The Ark had closed. I'll let you know if we find anything interesting. Sounds like 42nd Street is still going strong. I got to thinking about The Santuary (I think in Chinook). ANyone know if it is still around. Haven't checked them out in years!!!!!

        1. re: sallyjo

          42nd Street is really good, especially for breakfast. We also enjoyed the place inside the Sherburne Inn, and a couple of the places in Ilwaco.

          1. re: sallyjo

            Sanctuary Restaurant in Chinook is closed but they hopefully are reopening Annies Fish and Chips for summer....great calamari! Try 42nd St's Beignet's and Clams for weekend breakfasts!

        2. We love Long Beach. Although we haven't tried the Shelbourne Inn, we have tried The Depot in nearby Seaview and found it to be excellent.
          http://www.depotrestaurantdining.com/
          Relatives recommend Doogers, 900 Pacific AV s, but we haven't tried it (yet!) Enjoy!

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          1. re: AJ08

            Be sure to check the hours at The Depot. They are not open everyday. On Wednesdays they only serve burgers......good burgers!

            1. re: Jane917

              Regular full menu in summer months. Burger Nite at the Depot is on Wednesdays mid October to Mid June offering portobello and buffalo burgers too. Oysters, Chowder and salads along with sweet potato fries. Closed on Tuesdays.

          2. Yes, closed after long downhill slide once Nanci and Jimella sold it. But they have a new place on Pacific Way - about 1/2 way up the peninsula - maybe a mile south of Ocean Park. It is Jimella's Seafood Market & Community Store. The store over a year ago, and this winter they started serving meals - I think they are now doing brunch, lunch and dinner. Anyway - I highly recommend it. It is pretty small, very casual, excellent food from a short menu that seems to change pretty regularly. The store is also a great place to buy seafood of course, but also cheese and local meat and dairy and assorted local and imported dry goods.

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            1. re: Zovizule

              We will definitely try their store. Thanks

              1. re: Zovizule

                very good to know, thanks!

                1. re: Zovizule

                  Jimella's is always great.

                  Pelicano is THE place to dine in Ilwaco--chef Jeff McMahon and artist Shelly Hedges are owners of this fantastic restaurant http://www.pelicanorestaurant.com .

                  1. re: painterprinterpoet

                    Thanks I hadn't heard of this place. It looks interesting and we will probably try it!

                  2. re: Zovizule

                    glad to hear they opened something new. I had a fantastic meal at the Ark years ago.

                    1. re: malarkey

                      The Pelicano is still wonderful. They will be on vacation for two weeks, starting next week till Dec. 15, 2009, but try them after that, and into 2010! Every bite of each selection I have ever had is great and I love their Margarita.

                  3. Plus, my artwork is up in their classy space!
                    http://www.pelicanorestaurant.com/

                    1. It is rather sad to see folks still drive up to the Ark and find out that it is no more (I often hang out across the harbor boat-watching). Fortunately Jimella put up a sign that directs people back to her Klipsan Beach store/eatery. I had a tasty shiitake-encrusted halibut at Jimella's in Klipsan and my wife had a wonderful ratatouille. I have many fond childhood memories of the old Ark from the 60s when it had it's own fish market attached. Jimella and Nancy created more great memories in the 90s and beyond.