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Ecola Seafoods Restaurant & Market
Review by: Michael Stern
For Oregon coast fresh fish, Ecola (named for the nearby state park), is a treasured destination. Located in the oceanside hamlet of Cannon Beach since 1993, it is a modern, no-frills seafood market and restaurant. Out-of-towners take great delight in simply browsing the cases of Dungeness crab, oysters, scallops, and flat fish that we seldom see back east. “We pride ourselves on serving quality Pacific ‘wild’ seafood,” Ecola boasts. “All of our fish are line caught and handled with care.”
Dungeness Queen of Crabs
Whatever else we are going to eat, we always must start with crab cocktail. It’s simple, really: nothing more than a bowl full of cool, sweet, silky meat. Cocktail sauce and a spritz of lemon are nice companions, but not really necessary. This crab needs no enhancement whatsoever.
Not Your Ordinary Fish & Chips
As much as we like grilled salmon (they catch their own), we are suckers for fish and chips. The only problem is deciding which fish. It can be anything from oysters or clams to halibut or tuna. Each is available as a lunch or dinner (bigger portion), and you can get the cod, halibut, salmon, or oysters fried up and put into a toasted, buttered bun with lettuce, tomato, and a couple of lemon wedges.
Ecola is totally casual. Place your order at the counter and, when it’s busy, pick it up yourself and tote it to a table. (Otherwise the staff will bring it to you.) Cocktail sauce, tartar sauce, and other such amenities are available at a sidebar. When you’re finished, it’s customary to pick up empty plates and bus the table yourself.
Don’t Leave Empty Handed
We love not only eating at Ecola, but shopping, too. Smoked salmon jerky makes a grand car snack; and we’d never want to leave without a few cans of Ecola’s Oregon coast fresh albacore tuna. Its luxurious flavor makes ordinary supermarket tuna brands a laughable failure.
Directions & Hours
|Meals Served||Lunch, Dinner|
|Credit Cards Accepted||Yes|