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Apr 11, 2013 08:01 AM

burgers and the like on the coast [Seaside/Cannon Beach]

Seems like there was a thread about good casual burger type places in Seaside (near the golf course?) and/or Cannon Beach but I can't find it now. Any suggestions?

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  1. It's probably on the PNW Board (there's PNW, Portland Metro, and Greater Seattle boards, I think) because this is Portland only.

    Here's the PNW board: http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/4

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    1. re: JillO

      Thanks I found the thread. Any opinion about The Relief Pitcher or Gearhart Junction Cafe both in Seaside?

      1. re: conradical

        Gearhart Junction Cafe is not in Seaside. It is in Gearhart. Don't believe everything you read on the web.

        The Relief Pitcher is probably the place you were seeking near the golf course, rather than Bigfoot's.

        1. re: conradical

          I finally tried the burger at the Relief Pitcher. The bartender claimed it is "the best on the west coast." I don't know how one could check that, but I will say that it is a respectable burger. I had a basic cheeseburger with Tillamook cheddar only — the usual way is with a cheddar/provolone combo.

          The Relief Pitcher is just out of town on the south. If I were on Broadway and could walk to Sam's, U don't suppose I would want to drive to RP unless I wanted the sports bar atmosphere in addition to a good burger.

          When driving south to RP, it's a left turn from the highway with no turning lane. It's better to continue a short distance to cemetary road where there is a left turn lane, then turn around in cemetary road and come back to RP.

          The fries at RP are house-made. They reinforced my beluef that there is no necessary disadvantage to commercially prepared frozen fries. I had the latter at the Labor Temple diner in Astoria only the day before, and preferred them to the RP fries, which were limp. I'm not saying the RP fries were bad, only that I prefer crisp fries. Both were a medium cut, neither fat nor thin.

          1. re: GH1618

            Thanks for the report back on your Relief Pitcher experience. We love it there! Aside from their amazing burgers, I also love their crab cakes. That bartender (Tony) makes one of the best Cosmos on the west coast also! :)

            1. re: syrahgirl

              Have you had the crab cakes at the Wet Dog Saloon in Astoria for comparison? That's my go-to place for crab cakes when I'm there.

              1. re: GH1618

                I just got back from Clatsop County. Alas, the crab cakes at Wet Dog, which I thought were the best anywhere, are off the menu. I was told some people didn't like them, for which I have no explanation. The salmon cakes are good, but not in the same league.

      2. The one near the golf course might be Bigfoot's Steakhouse on the highway just across from the golf course. I haven't tried it, though. When I'm in Seaside I want the halibut burger at Dundee's Bar & Grill on Broadway.

        1. The stand 109 N Holladay Dr
          It's been several years, but they were really on their game.

          1. I just had the burgers at Sam's and Relief Pitcher again. I like Sam's for the convenience (on Broadway) and for the coziness of the bar in back where I prefer to sit, but Relief Pitcher is a better place to watch a baseball game with a burger, which was what I went there for. It's a respectable burger, as I have written, but I don't ordinarily like sports bars. RP has Buoy NW Red Ale and Sam's has Seaside Red Ale. Either will do for me.

            But my new discovery puts them both in the shade, in my opinion. I went to Rod's Bar and Grill in "downtown" Warrenton, about 12 miles up the highway from Seaside. They serve a truly fine example of a classic cheeseburger with more fries than I could eat, and the bar seating has the nicest vibe of the three. Perhaps that's a consequence of being off the beaten track. The downside right now is that their taps are out of commission and their bottled beer selection is weak. One bottle of Alaska Amber saved the day. I'll go back -- it's worth the drive and I go to Astoria anyway.