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Newport to Pacific City--please help! Need food recommendations.

Hello, fellow hounders! Husband and I will be making a brief (3-day) trip to the Oregon coast at the end of July, and I need your help. We'll be staying either in Neskowin or Pacific City, and will be cruising around between PC and Newport on 101. I grew up in Eugene, and spent many summers on the coast, but that was long ago (anyone else old enough to remember the Pixie Kitchen?).

I've been looking at the boards, and have gotten some ideas for Newport (Sharks, Saffron Salmon, Local Ocean), but for the rest...?

We like pretty much any kind of cuisine, aren't picky as to atmosphere, just want well-made food. This is much appreciated, and we'll be sure to let you know how it went!

One more thing: my folks used to get these amazing fresh pickled shrimp--anyone know where I can pick up some?

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Saffron Salmon
859 SW Bay Blvd, Newport, OR 97365

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  1. In Pacific City the only place worth eating, IMHO, is, if you "just want well-made food", The Delicate Palate for dinner and Grateful Bread for breakfast. We also like "The Side Door" in Gleneden Beach (for dinner, not lunch). A superb breakfast in Lincoln City is at The Beach Dog. And a side remark regarding lodging if you haven't decided. You get closer (more ocean front instead of ocean view) lodging at Neskowin at The Chelan (rented on the web site Grey Fox). It has been our "go to" place for 40 years, but as they are condo units, vary from unit to unit. Now I only recommend upstairs units. Grey Fox can help you with choosing those (their web site has pics of each unit)..

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    Side Door Cafe
    6645 Gleneden Beach Loop, Gleneden Beach, OR 97388

    Beach Dog Cafe
    1266 SW 50th St Ste C, Lincoln City, OR 97367

    Delicate Palate
    35280 Brooten Rd, Pacific City, OR 97135

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    1. re: lbsowen

      Thanks, Ibsowen. And thanks for the lodging rec--it's tough to find places in Neskowin, but it's my favorite place on the coast.

      1. re: fudjunkie

        I just re-read your post also. I'm originally from Eugene too (Go Axemen!) and as kids the family went to "Terry a While" in Yachats until we discovered The Chelan at Neskowin about 40 years ago. Living now in Seattle but make it back to Neskowin 3 times a year. I remember Pixie Kitchen when it was on 101. And Surftides was the more fancy place the grownups would go to. The Otis Cafe is off the highway quite a bit in the town of Otis. Massive amounts of food at Otis, but the quality only about average except their homemade bread...... that's great.. I remember those pickled shrimp too, I can even picture the jar they came in. They used to be sold out of more of a "fish stand" on the east side of the highway, but I can't find them anymore.

    2. I've had good dinners at the Side Door In Gleneden, the Blackfish Cafe in Lincoln City, and plain grilled or broiled seafood and fish at Kyllo's in Lincoln City (don't get anything more than that, drinks and cold seafood there, though).

      Closer is the Otis Cafe, a good and popular stop for breakfast and lunch. They also do dinner, but I haven't had as good meals for dinner there, worth checking out, though. I would give it another try for dinner next time I am around there. They bake their own bread and make almost everything from scratch, great huge cinnamon rolls for breakfast too.

      Also, if you are staying in Neskowin, check out the Drift Creek Falls hike, a short (shy of 3 mi r/t), easy (paths) hike in old growth coastal forest with an amazing pedestrian suspension bridge near a 75 foot waterfall:

      http://www.coastimpressions.com/home....

      http://www.oregon-coastdirectory.com/...

      I have also had a good lunch at the Wildflower Grill in Lincoln City, but I have had not as good breakfasts and dinner there. YMMV.

      In Newport I like Local Ocean and the Chowder Bowl at Nye Beach (not at all fancy but a great chowder and salad bar meal when that's all you want). I also have had some good lunches at Canyon Way in Newport. I have heard good things about Saffron Salmon in Newport, but I have not been there.

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      Side Door Cafe
      6645 Gleneden Beach Loop, Gleneden Beach, OR 97388

      Saffron Salmon
      859 SW Bay Blvd, Newport, OR 97365

      Wildflower Grill
      4250 N Highway 101, Otis, OR 97368

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      1. re: JillO

        Thanks, lots of good ideas. And thanks for the hiking tip--we love to hike, so this will definitely be part of our trip!

        1. re: fudjunkie

          I re-read your original post, and I think that it is possible that Pixieland was where the Otis Cafe is now.

          Here's some memories for ya:

          http://www.thepixiekitchen.com/PHOTOG...

          http://www.romantic-oregon-coast.com/...

          http://www.pdxhistory.com/html/pixiel...

          ...and I think that the North Lincoln County Historical Museum (located in the historic Taft district of Lincoln City at 4907 SW Highway 101. Hours are noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Minimal admission charge.) has some memorabilia from local tourist spots, including the Pixie Kitchen, if you want to visit your youth (yeah, in a museum, not that you're old or anything - hey it was there in the 80's no? I was out of college by then...trust me, you're not old ;o)

      2. Wow, guys, you're making my day.

        JillO, thanks for the links. That brings back memories! My youth in a museum and my music on the "olidies" station <sigh> ;o)

        Ibsowen, thanks for all the great info; the Chelan was booked, so we ended up reserving at the Neskowin Resort (also through Grey Fox). My folks used to go to the Adobe in Yachats until they found Neskowin (used to rent an A-frame at the north end of town). Hopefully I'll find those pickled shrimp. If so, I'll let you know where. Go Fighting Irish (sorry, South Eugene)!

        1. Am very familiar with the Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport areas and agree with much that has been said. For casual food, the Side Door in Gleneden Beach, Saffron Salmon, and the Canyon Way Bookstore in Newport are my faves...the latter, especially for lunch. You can get a decent bowl of chowder at Tidal Raves or Gracie's Sea Hag in Depoe, but I would have much else there. The Blackfish Cafe in Lincoln City is pretty nice for lunch. Unmentioned, but clearly the top of the class for a fine dinner in a pretty dining room with a great view is the Bay House in Lincoln City. This is the only really first-class restaurant in the area. If you want a great B&B right on the ocean in Depoe Bay, check out the Channel House...absolutely top drawer!

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          Canyon Way Bookstore & Restaurant
          1216 SW Canyon Way, Newport, OR 97365

          Side Door Cafe
          6645 Gleneden Beach Loop, Gleneden Beach, OR 97388

          Saffron Salmon
          859 SW Bay Blvd, Newport, OR 97365

          Bay House
          5911 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City, OR 97367

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          1. re: josephnl

            Joshephnl and I have agreed to disagree regarding the Bay House in previous posts. Fudjunkie, you will remember the name from the past, and it was another place our parents liked to go back in the day, but we have been too disappointed in the last year or two to return. I put it in the same league as Tidal Raves, great view, but the food isn't that good, and overpriced.

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            Bay House
            5911 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City, OR 97367

            1. re: lbsowen

              Has any other CH been to the Bay House recently? Would love to hear another opinion. When I was last there a bit over a year ago, it was still quite good...not outstanding, but it never was, but in my experience has always been good. Obviously, Ibsowen has had a different experience...so is there anyone out there who could give us a recent opinion?

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              Bay House
              5911 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City, OR 97367

            2. re: josephnl

              Has anyone tried Restaurant Beck at the Whale Cove Inn in Depoe Bay? Just heard something nice about it, and am wondering if any CH has been there.

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              Restaurant Beck
              2345 S HWY 101, Depoe Bay, OR 97341

              1. re: josephnl

                Just tried Restaurant Beck last Friday for the first time. Fabulous. Everything we had was well executed and perfectly seasoned. The (only) waitress was super friendly, patient while we deliberated and never hovered or rushed us. Our reservations were at 7:30 which was perfect to watch the sun set from the dining room overlooking Little Whale Cove. The four of us wondered why we hadn't heard more about this restaurant and if it is being kept a secret for some crazy reason. A sample menu is posted on their website and is a good representation of the sort of dishes we were offered. Next time we're doing the chef's tasting menu.

                My husband and I tried Bay House 2 years ago for our anniversary and were extremely disappointed. They just seem to try too hard by cramming dishes with layers of flavors instead of letting the ingredients speak for themselves. I just remember the homemade mint ice cream that they had covered with a variety of berries and some sort of cookie. It's house-made ice cream! Leave it alone!! I also remember my duck breast which must have sat under the salamander too long as the edges of the slices were curling up and overcooked. Years ago it was the go-to special occasion restaurant on the coast but I think they have a ways to go before re-earning that honor.

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                Bay House
                5911 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City, OR 97367

                Restaurant Beck
                2345 S HWY 101, Depoe Bay, OR 97341

            3. I have been going to Neskowin for years and also recommend the Chelan units. For hiking, try the cascade head trails (3 rocks trail), just south of Neskowin. And for a pre-hike breakfast, go to Otis Cafe. Incredible - from the homemade molasses bread and sourdough. The amazing buttermilk pancakes have a deep yeasty flavor and are perfectly cooked. Avoid the hangtown fry - not enough oysters. For lunch, the tuna melt is the best I've ever had. And the fresh fish sandwich (snapper, halibut, fresh catch) is wonderful, with a lightly floured, lightly fried piece of fresh fish. The pies are to die for - the strawberry rubarb is terrific and I don't even like rubarb. The apple crunch pie was oozing with moist apples and cinnamon.

              North of Neskowin you can find the Cape Lookout trail - pretty easy with spectacular views. Stop in Pacific City - either Grateful Bread for breakfast or Pelican Pub and Brewery for lunch. It has the BEST clam chowder on the Oregon Coast, trust me. The rest of the food is pleasant; the beer menu is local and extensive and the views of the ocean are great. But get the chowder.

              1. Many, many thanks for all the recs. Here's my update after my trip.

                Unfortunately, I left before sushiqueen and dpastor left their messages, so I missed Restaurant Beck and the new hiking recommendations. But they're on the list for the next trip!

                Did not make it to Bay House, so can't comment on how it is now. Had a WONDERFUL dinner at Delicate Palate: duck for me (my one break from seafood), halibut for husband. Perfectly prepared, all flavors well-matched, not trying too much. Also had a fantastic breakfast at the Beach Dog Cafe, and really wonderful service. We had to wait, so they took our order and got our coffee while we waited. Great pancakes, both buttermilk and potato!

                At Newport, we ended up having lunch at the Local Ocean Cafe at the Aquarium. Overpriced (which we rather expected, most cafes in zoos and museums are); the food was pretty good, though. The service was atrocious. Bored teenagers who REALLY didn't want to be there. (Again, not a huge surprise, but never what you hope for.) Next time we'll drive the extra bit and try the regular Local Ocean.

                The one big disappointment was the Side Door in Gleneden. Service was disinterested at best, food was mediocre, and the furnishings were showing quite a bit of wear. I don't know if it was a really off night, but we won't be going back to find out.

                Another shout-out to JillO for the hike and the museum--did both, thoroughly enjoyed both.

                As always, hounders give the best advice. Thanks to all!

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                Side Door Cafe
                6645 Gleneden Beach Loop, Gleneden Beach, OR 97388

                Beach Dog Cafe
                1266 SW 50th St Ste C, Lincoln City, OR 97367

                Delicate Palate
                35280 Brooten Rd, Pacific City, OR 97135

                Bay House
                5911 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City, OR 97367

                Restaurant Beck
                2345 S HWY 101, Depoe Bay, OR 97341

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                1. re: fudjunkie

                  Thanks so much for reporting back!

                  Sorry the Side Door seems to have gone downhill...that part of the coast is such a wasteland for good food.

                  Glad you enjoyed the hike and the museum!

                  And I didn't even know Local Ocean had a cafe in the Aquarium, last I was there it was only Rogue (whose food sucks, but whose beer is good).