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Jun 29, 2009 02:32 PM

Oregon Coast-Good Seafood


I am from the NW but I have been away for a while. I am coming in July and I will be bringing my girlfriend who has never been to the NW. We both love seafood and good wine. We will be traveling from Portland to the beach. Our first stop will be at the flying dutchmen winery and from there, head down to Cannon Beach.

Does anyone have any good reccomendations for FRESH, QUALITY seafood restaurants in that area or on the way to Cannon Beach/Seaside? We love seafood as long as it is fresh, preferrably something besides salmon and halibut though. Oysters, crab, clams etc are always nice.

Please advise.

Thanks for your help.

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  1. I realize that Newport is not on your itinerary, but if you happen to head that far south (about a couple of hours), Sharks Seafood Bar alone would be worth the trip. Their cioppino is justifiably famous. It is the best version I have ever had, bar none. It is chockfull of fresh rockfish and Dungeness crab, with two kinds of shrimp added in. In season, they'll use locally caught shrimp. Sharks uses an interesting contraption for preparing it; you'll have to see for yourself what it is, preferably by sitting at the bar and yukking it up with the chef. A bottle of Amity Pinot Blanc (Oregon), which is on the wine menu and very reasonably priced, goes great with the stew.

    1. In Cannon Beach the best place for seafood is a hole in the wall joint - Ecola Seafood. We usually get stuff here and eat it in our rental...but we usually have a kitchen. You can eat it there, though. We usually get crab there - you can get it in the shell, or already picked (I think it is worth it to get it picked, then make some pasta, saute some garlic and shallots in butter, add a splash of wine, cook the alcohol off ass the crab to heat it through and add the pasta...delish)

      A place I wouldn't miss in Seaside is Yummy WIne Bar and Bistro. Great food and wine at terrific prices: Some great seafood selections there like the ahi tartare and the seafood chowder.

      Another place totally worth checking out is the Nehalem River Inn:

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      1. re: JillO

        I'm going to post about this later, since I am currently going through Cannon Beach right now. I highly recommend a new place in Seaside called "Maggies on the Prom". Stopped there for lunch today - by far the best food I've had while in the Cannon Beach/Seaside vicinity. Would have loved to tried Yummy Bistro, but it is closed Tues/Wed. I was going into food withdrawal after being in Portland for the weekend...

        More on both Portland/Cannon Beach later...

        1. re: ybnormal

          Thank you all for your replies. I hope will make up my mind tonight. Looking forward to it!

      2. A couple of weekends ago we went to a new sushi place in Manzanita, which is not far from Cannon Beach. It is called Reinami, I believe, and it was very good.

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        1. re: mcarms

          Hallelujah! A decent new place in Manzanita! ;o)

        2. We love the Sea Hag in Depot Bay; especially their fried ocean calamari and their clam chowder. In Astoria, we always eat at the Fish Inn where you can get everything from the sea. Both places are very casual.

          1. There is a hole in the wall joint in Tillamook directly across the street from the Tillamook Cheese Factory. It's called Fresh Seafood NW and it will blow your mind, but leave your wallet intact. I grew up on the east coast, where these kinds of by the ocean wholesale/restaurants are a dime a dozen, and was thrilled to find one out here.

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            1. re: pdxeastside

              Outstanding smoked fish & oysters at Karla's Smokehouse in north Rockaway.
              Karla is retiring and closing the shop in the fall, after 40 years in business. She is NOT selling.
              Get it while you can, from the master!
              It is only a shop, not a restaurant of any kind. So bring a cooler with ice.
              Always call first to see if they are open and what time that day's stuff is ready.