Jake’s is a legendary Pacific Northwest fish house. The high-back wooden booths, the thick white tablecloths and white-jacketed wait-staff, the daily printed menu with its headlines of which fish are fresh that day (and what part of the region they’re from), the loaf of chewy crusted sourdough bread set upon the table: here is a taste of Portland that dates back longer than a century.
Local Ocean is the best seafood restaurant in Newport. Dine early or during the week, or pass the time waiting for a table strolling along the waterfront, inspecting the fishing boats. Try the pan-fried Yaquina oysters, a smoked salmon salad, or a fillet of something that was swimming that day.
A worker collective with high-minded principles, the Blue Scorcher serves wonderful pastries, good Oregon coffee, and a seasonal-local vegetarian menu. It is also a terrific bread bakery.
Everything is made from scratch and local ingredients. Even root beer is special, tasting of herbs and roots and only slightly sweet. A few choice items: turkey noodle soup, chicken fried steak, and marionberry pie.
No regional qualification necessary: Pig Feathers makes damn good barbecue! The selection here is relatively focused: there are baby backs and pulled pork, supplemented by smoked prime rib on the weekends. Pig Feathers is connected to the co-owned Twisted Snout brewpub next door.
Do not come here for lunch without a sizable appetite. A 12-ounce chicken-fried steak rests on a crispy pallet of hash browns, covered with creamy gravy. This is sided by two eggs, and a biscuit blanketed with more gravy! Berry pies and cobblers are big here. Good stick-to-the-ribs grub.
Both a casual coffee house and aspiring bistro, ACH&B offers excellent pastries and salmon hash at breakfast and an eclectic round-the-world menu for lunch and supper. Provender is all local and everything is made from scratch.