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Chicago Foodies to Cannon Beach

Four of us are taking a girls' trip to Cannon Beach, OR in a couple of weeks. We will be staying right on the beach, in town for 5 days.

We are all big Chicago foodies, and we're looking forward to eating our way through--and around--CB.

I'm looking for any and all recommendations for "must eat" spots. We'd love mostly casual, local finds, but we're also interested in a "nicer" place for a girls' night out.

We're also willing to drive up to 45 minutes away for a good meal or two.


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  1. Forty-five minutes is more than enough time to drive north as far as Astoria. There isn't much to the south or east. In Astoria, you might like the Wet Dog Saloon.

      1. Astoria is 75 minutes, not 45.
        Ecola Seafood is good.

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        1. re: Leonardo

          No, it is only 25 miles from Cannon Beach to Astoria, which takes a little over half an hour under normal conditions. More than hour would be unusual. Where are you from, anyway?

          1. re: GH1618

            Native lifelong Portlander. Going through Seaside alone on a summer Saturday is slow going. You are assuming there is no traffic. You can't average 60mph. Half hour drive time at 3am, for sure.

            1. re: Leonardo

              Agreed, you can't average sixty. You have to slow down through Seaside and Gearhart, about five miles. I'm from Clatsop County and the highway between CB and Seaside, and between Gearhart and Astoria is a lot better and shorter than it used to be. The slowdown is because of the speed limit more than the traffic. You don't want to be speeding there.

              The catch is summer traffic, which I agree can be a problem. But it used to be there was a huge difference between summer and winter traffic, whereas now it's crowded all year long. There are more passing zones, however.

              Seaside to Astoria (16 miles) takes me about 25 minutes, and I don't mean at three am. That's with normal traffic.

        2. Thanks for these responses. ANYTHING that we should try in CB?

          1. http://www.cannonbeachcafe.com/

            Cannon Beach Cafe. I'd visit for lunch first because the place is tiny. Food is good however.

            Insomnia Coffee
            139 W 2 St, Cannon Beach, OR 97110
            (503) 436-4164

            They make a great green tea there too.

            Chocolate Cafe
            Try the chili spiced hot chocolate at least once. There stuff is great on a cool day, but there is no food menu.

            Ecola Seafoods

            Very casual, somewhat pricey. I honestly did not care for the chowder, but they have fresh seafood that is supposed to be right off the boat.


            Not groundbreaking or unique, but the food is good. So much of the food at CB is mediocre, but we've always had good luck there. It is a brewhouse, or like a brewhouse atmosphere.

            We love Cannon Beach. For a more private beach experience, be sure to visit the beach at Ecola State Park.

            Now, if someone can just recommend good places in Manzanita!

            1. Go to Bridgewater Bistro in Astoria; great brunch, lunch or dinner. Owned by Ann and Tony Kitchner, who had a famous restaurant on the washington coast for decades called the Shoalwater... great location, original and classic seafood dishes. super view of the shipping traffic at mouth of the Columbia River - excellent wine list and full bar. Don't miss it, or Ecola Seafood.

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              1. re: gingershelley

                Agree with gingershelley on Bridgewater Bistro. Went there on her rec this past week and was delighted with the place. I had a duck breast with cranberry cous cous - a dish that used to be on the menu at the Shoalwater and it was wonderful. Worth the 40 minute drive to Astoria.

                1. re: gingershelley

                  Thanks for the Bridgewater Bistro rec, going to head out to Astoria via Vernonia Friday - should be a really fun drive and it's always nice to have a wonderful place to eat at your destination! I was going to go to Cannon Beach, but as others have noted, there just isn't that much 'wow' food there...

                  1. re: scope12da

                    Made it to Bridgewater Bistro without a hitch. Had lunch there before heading back to Portland. I had the Philly cheese French dip sandwich which was very good - sort of a medium go between French dip and Cheesesteak. But very well balanced and not overly cheesy; fries were nice and crispy and definitely not over oily. Wife had the chicken asiago sandwich with cranberry salad combo. The chicken in the sandwich was prepared like a chicken salad sandwich, also very good, balanced with a bit of Parmesan cheese crust toasted on the bread. Cranberry salad was also excellent. Would go back again next time we are in Astoria!

                2. try the Big Wave Cafe in Manzanita. casual bistro food in a very casual converted house. fresh sheet daily local fish. it's a bit expensive for the location but i enjoyed my dinner there.

                  Vino Manzanita is a cute little wine bar with some cheese plates and a limited small plates menu that i have been told are very good.

                  i have heard very good things about a new restaurant Blackbird Restaurant in Manzanita. this place is considered upscale farm to table dining, but it's the beach, so everything is still very casual. the owner/chef came from the Nehalim Inn

                  i don't live in Manzanita but i frequentlyvisit friends there. i am not sure how far Manzanita is from Cannon Beach but i recall it being a fairly short drive.

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                  1. re: ritabwh

                    Manzanita is not far south of CB. We often visit there even when we are staying in Cannon. The beach there is lovely and sheltered--and big. However the town is smaller with fewer restaurants.

                  2. Not a restaurant, but you might enjoy visiting The Oil & Vinegar Bar in Cannon Beach: http://www.getoliveoilnow.com/ When we were there, they offered wine tasting-type tasting flights of their oils and vinegars that were really interesting.

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                    1. re: ninrn

                      This is an interesting place and it is next door to Insomnia Coffee. Both are mere steps from the beach.

                    2. I'm sure you've already made the trip - did you find anything great?
                      I've enjoyed Bill's Tavern the two times I've been. If you enjoy a properly poured stout, they take their time on the nitro keg and pour a perfect one.
                      The Stephanie Inn has also been very good over the years and I've heard good things about the Irish Table but have never been.
                      Sorry I didn't see your post before now but I hope you'll report back!