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Bowpicker

1634 Duane, Astoria, OR - (503) 791-2942
Posted By Michael Stern on 1/12/2014 6:13:00 AM
To say the name of this restaurant correctly, pronounce the first syllable like the prow of a boat ("bough"), off of which fish are picked from a net. In fact, Bowpicker is a boat – a small fishing vessel now marooned on dry land. The fish and chips it serves are some of the best we've had anywhere. The fish is albacore tuna, dense and meaty, big hunks of it enveloped in a hopsy golden coat. When I asked a member of the staff what made it so delicious, she answered, "It's a secret. But we don't know what the secret is."

The fish is available as a five-piece platter for $10 or three pieces for $8. The chips that come alongside are nice, thick-cut spuds, but the fish itself is so good that I didn't want to use up too much appetite on them.

Bowpicker is a tiny place, so small that you don't go into it. You walk up to it along a sort of permanent gangplank where you place your order and receive the food. As for dining facilities, they consist of a couple of picnic tables. I saw several customers dining off their dashboards.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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The heft of Albacore tuna and the luxe of beer batter crust make Bowpicker's fish & chips some of the best anywhere.
"The heft of Albacore tuna and the luxe of beer batter crust make Bowpicker's fish & chips some of the best anywhere."
Michael Stern





Now that food trucks are old news, perhaps food boats are the next cheap-eats trend?
"Now that food trucks are old news, perhaps food boats are the next cheap-eats trend?"
Michael Stern


The french fries underneath the fish are just fine, but not so fine as to divert attention from that crown of luxury on top.
"The french fries underneath the fish are just fine, but not so fine as to divert attention from that crown of luxury on top."
Michael Stern


Order food boatside.
"Order food boatside."
Michael Stern


Casual hours for the most casual of eateries.
"Casual hours for the most casual of eateries."
Michael Stern



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