Coastal Cuisine

You didn’t think I could write about our month-long stay on the Oregon coast last August without mentioning where we ate, did you? Of course not!

So those of you who are especially susceptible to getting the hungries when reading about food, you’d better fetch a snack before going any further. Consider yourself warned.

We always ask locals where to eat and with few exceptions we get great suggestions this way. The RV park owner in Tillamook recommended the Fish Peddler at Pacific Seafood up the road in Bay City, so we made the short drive and knew right away we’d found a great place.

I had to try the Razor Clam Fritters…

…and of course oysters were essential (sorry about the bad image… had my camera settings wrong and doctored this one using Photoshop):

We came back here more than once, which tells you something. One day we sat at the counter next to a woman who was noshing on a big beautiful burger. A local, she’d had her fill of oysters and other seafood. The burger looked awesome, but we stuck with the seafood while we could get it.

On down the road in Neskowin we found the Cafe on Hawk Creek (yes, that’s the name), a little spot with a big deck and a great menu:

We started with their wood-fired pizza, which was excellent:

At $7.50 their Molten Chocolate Lava Cake seemed expensive, but we tried it anyway. We added a couple of scoops of ice cream, which made this a pretty pricey, and though it was tasty, we didn’t get it a second time:

On other visits (yes, we went back more than once despite the length of the drive to and from Tillamook, but then, that drive was mostly along the coast :)) we tried their clam chowder, which was some of the best we’ve had…

…and the best fish sandwich (other than Lake Perch in Ohio, if you ask Ellen) we’ve had. Called the Fisherman’s Catch, it was Red Snapper both times we ordered it:

Some of the best oysters we found were at the Old Oregon Smokehouse in Tillamook, where we also stocked up on some from their in-house seafood market so we could take them on the road when we left.

As for Mexican food, we found La Mexicana. The fish tacos were terrific — just don’t order the hot salsa unless you want ghost peppers (Bob learned this the hard way):

Not all of our foodie experiences were good ones. In a visit to Oceanside a few years back we discovered Rosanne’s and ate there several times. Odd what a few years or maybe a new cook can do, because when we stopped back — our mouths salivating before we had the Jeep parked — and despite the wait for a table, we found our meal disappointing. Bob ordered the oysters, with clam chowder…

…while I chose the seafood scramble:

Our meals were just lukewarm, which always dulls the flavor for us and ruins what might otherwise be an excellent meal. (I mean, don’t they *look* scrumptious?!?)

We thought we’d give Rosanne’s a chance to redeem themselves with a good dessert, and the Marionberry Cobbler sounded good, so we ordered that:

Something we’ve noticed in our travels, as we’ve sampled cobblers around the country, is that very few of them are made the traditional way, with the “cobbler” part a true cobbler — with chunks of the biscuit-y dough mixed throughout the fruit. Most often they’re made the way this one was — fruit on the bottom with a dollop of dough on the top. Sorry. But if you’ve had cobbler the old-fashioned way, this modern recipe doesn’t even come close.

On an especially pretty August day (85 degrees in Tillamook — the rest of the country must have been sweltering!) — we decided to try a restaurant in Netarts Bay that always seemed to have cars at it. Schooners sits on the bay and the views from the nearby park are awesome:

We made what we thought were great choices. Bob ordered the Tuna Fish & Chips plus we ordered oysters…

…and I couldn’t resist their Mac & Cheese with Dungeness Crab. I like this type of crab more than Bob does, and the dish looked delicious:

What’s not to love? Well… we’re not big salt eaters. We don’t add salt to anything, mostly because food has enough salt in it. Unfortunately, Schooners seemed to think everything needed even *more* salt. I couldn’t finish most of my meal because all I was tasting was salt. This was really disappointing because everything about the food otherwise was terrific.

So why did we go back a couple of more times? Take a look:

How gorgeous is this? And how good could it be?

Awesome, that’s how good! It’s a brownie baked in Schooners wood-fired hearth:

If this dessert sounds familiar, it’s because it made our 2016 Bob & Ellen’s Best EATS list. Served warm, with ice cream and drizzled hot fudge syrup, this dessert was the most amazing thing about Schooners. You can bet on our next trip through here we’ll be stopping for dessert!

About Ellen

Fiction writer and photographer, I travel the country with my sweetheart of a husband as a "full-time RVer."
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2 Responses to Coastal Cuisine

  1. Janet Mackay says:

    Thanks for the reviews. Love reading your blog. I’m heading west next month from Florida and making a list of places to see and eat at. Enjoy your travels.

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Ellen says:

    Thanks so much, Janet! Hopefully we’ve led you to some great meals if you end up anywhere near these spots. You’re in for a great adventure!

    And my apologies for the blurry pics!!! Somehow in re-saving these for the blog I set something to “blur” and screwed them up… 😦 If I get the chance, I’ll correct them so you’ll really know what you could be in for with these places!

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