What To Eat in Oregon
Silky Dungeness crab, local oysters, hearty chowder, fish ‘n’ chips and even extraordinary tuna (cooked in the can) make a trip along Oregon’s coast a seafood lover’s dream. It’s also a land of good berries, reflected in pies and cobblers, and of hazelnuts, which you’ll find on salads, in pie crusts, and even in milk shakes! Coffee consciousness is elevated, the good lattes accompanied by scones and croissants and cakes and cookies to write home about.
At seafood joints all along the Oregon coast, "fish and chips" is not just one thing. Fry-kettle chefs offer salmon, tuna, oysters, calamari, and – best of all – snow-white, cream-fleshed halibut. With French fries or an onion-ring upgrade, it's one of the nation's great seafood meals.
Oregon chowder, featuring clams and nuggets of potato, ranges from rib-sticking to elegant and usually is subtly flavored with smoked bacon or salt pork. It is thick enough that when it is served with a pat of butter on top, the butter forms a pool that does not blend until it is stirred in.
Dressing is important in Crab Louis (or, if you wish, Louie). It is mayonnaise, cream, lemon juice, and red chili sauce, usually with green onions and spice. But of course, what matters more is the crab. Fresh Dungeness crab makes all the difference. No one knows for sure where the Louis formula was created, or by whom, but food historians generally agree that the genesis of the "King of Salads" was sometime early in the 20th century, in either San Francisco or Seattle. And while it is available in restaurants all around the country, it is at its best in the Pacific Northwest.
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Ban Mai Thai of Grants Pass, Oregon, serves authentic Thai cuisine with traditional ingredients and a passion for the culture.
An extravagant mimosa list and some of the best brunch along Oregon's coast make Ma Mosa's of Grants Pass an especially good stop after a night of camping.
Wanda's is Nehalem, Oregon's comfort-food restaurant serving a famously good plate of huevos rancheros. Interior decor is wall-to-wall retro-kitsch.
A worker collective restaurant with high-minded principles, Blue Scorcher serves wonderful pastries, good Oregon coffee, and a seasonal-local vegetarian menu.
No fancy meals at Fuller's coffee shop of Portland, Oregon. Just excellent bacon & eggs and toast from homemade bread. Plus great fried razor clams.
The best seafood restaurant in Newport, Local Ocean throbs with good vibes. Great counter seats provide a view of the bustling open kitchen.
Los Fish Taco
Dungeness Crab Cakes
Crab Po’ Boy
Smoked Salmon Salad
Dungeness Crab Soup
Portland's great non-artisan donuts. Annie's cream puffs are light & fresh. Raspberry fritters are unctuous, fruity, monumentally satisfying.
A grand nautical restaurant from the early 20th century, Portland's Dan & Louis serves impeccable Northwest seafood, including a famous oyster stew.
Ocean Bleu of Newport, Oregon, features wild seafood from nearby boats, and it shows on the plate. In-house smoked fish can serve as a meal for two people.