Good eats and sites while driving Hwy 101
In Seaside, "The Stand" is not to miss. Tasty, genuine, hand-made Mexican, Ooh la la. The nearby "Candy Man" is an eye-popping presentation of 101 flavors of salt-water-taffy, and a delightuflly surreal experience. Skip the Travesty that is the Seaside aquarium - do us all a big favor and stop at the Oregon State Aquarium. Their interpretive work is nearly at the level of Monterrey Bay aquarium, which you must also visit. The Rogue Brewery runs the cafe at the OR State aquarium, too, and you can buy a bomber of Shakespeare Stout. Also at Newport is "Sharks" seafood restaurant. Don't be alarmed that it's in the tourist-trap part of the waterfront, they make a killer Cioppino, using interesting antique equipment. The owner is a talker, but friendly and fun. As you drive down the coast, try to stay at the State Hostel at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse, so you can hop across the highway down to Pescadero, for fabulous breakfasts at "Duarte's." If the coastal trip gets wearysome, you might hop in land a bit to seek New Sammy's, in talent.
Hi from Portland.
In Cannon Beach is Ecola Seafood.
North Rockaway is Karla's Smokehouse, fantastic smoked fish & oysters. Karla is closing her business at year's end after 40 years, so this is the last chance. 503 355 2362 call first to see if open and when that day's stuff is ready (usually around 2 pm). It is only a shop, not for meals.
I wouldn't count on catching any info here about siteseeing. Moderators will quickly delete those responses, as they wish to keep this as a, well, site about food.
There have been many recent threads about Oregon coast food. Just scroll down and you'll find a wealth of info.