Salmon River Pronto Pup is a fun stop in Otis if yiu want a nice corn dog fix,
There’s a good alternative for Mo’s in the Nye Beach district of Newport called the Chowder Bowl. The chowder was yummy and filling. A bowl was a full meal.
We had an excellent meal at a cafe inside a fish market in the bay section called Local Ocean Seafoods Market. It’s been open all of a month. The prices were inexpensive and the food was very creative. We had crab cakes, salmon fish tacos, tuna wraps and garlic clam chowder. All was good.
Here’s a link I found: http://www.localocean.net/index.cfm
Oh, and lest I forget…
The Tillamook Creamery. It’s been too long since I ate in their cafe for me to say anything about the food (but I do remember very good grilled cheese…), but it is an *essential* spot for a snack, as they have a fantastic variety of ice cream, including flavors you will never see in their foodservice or retail locations, including the all-time-best ice cream from anyone, the ethereal Lemon Angel Food Cake. *droooooool* It’s beyond words.
The creamery is north of Tillamook on Hwy 101, and is open daily. I have been known to wait in the parking lot until they opened to get a 2.5 gallon tub of Lemon Angel Food cake as I drive from one end of the coast to the other.
Mo’s chowder is an interesting study in physics. Technically, it’s a thixotropic gel; that is, a gel that is liquified by stirring or shaking. Upon the cessation of motion, the gel re-forms. YOu can float an *astonishing* amount of silverware on a bowl of Mo’s chowder, especially late in the day.
At the risk of being branded a chowder heretic by those from the NE, I have to say I really like thicker chowders; the richness of all that extra fat really gives a nice fullness of flavor to the bowl, and supports the potatoes and clams better than some pallid hot milk would.
Roseanne’s in Oceanside is great. I particularly enjoy the Marionberry Cobbler.
We have a beach house in Lincoln City, so I know quite a few good places to eat there. Maxwells is a great little diner in the middle of town, and I believe it’s open 24 hours. Great prices. Also, Gallucci’s Pizza is really good (not chain-like, this is the real thing), and the Lighthouse Brew Pub owned by McMenamins is a good one. Also some places that are really good, but moderate in price as opposed to really inexpensive: Kyllos, Pier 101.
There’s also an excellent bagel shop in Depoe Bay along highway 101 on the north end of town. You can’t miss it – the sign is written on a huge picture of a bagel.
I like to eat at the Whales Tale in Newport.It is right on the bay, about a block away from Mo’s. The poppyseed pancakes and crab omlettes are great for breakfast; for lunch I enjoyed the po’boy sandwhich with local white fish; and for dinner the seafood pasta plate. It is funky with art,photos, and nautical items adorning the place. It is medium priced but I feel one gets good value for the price. Be sure to observe the photo in the bathroom of the place when it opened in the 70’s as a deli, with a group of hippies outfront (groovy). Also be sure to extend your trip further south, I think the most beutiful strech of the Oregon coast is between Yachats and Florence.
We’re going to be heading out that way ourselves later this spring. I agree with yumbo: Otis Cafe is mighty good; and Mo’s is a classic; but I, too find their chowder a bit thick.
If you get to Lincoln City, check outDory Cove. It’s been a while since we were there, but they used to have excellent seafood, big hamburgers, and serious pies.
Post some reviews here if you find anything Roadfoodworthy!
Otis Cafe, in Otis, OR, on Highway 18. Portlanders on their way to the beach always stop here. The breakfast potato thing is HUGE. Everytime you place an order, the potato futures market does a hiccup.
As for Mo’s and Mo’s Annex, I’ve always liked them, but about 6 months ago I had their chowder and it tasted really flour-y. Like they had some problems with the roux or something.
For us, no coastal run up (or down) the Oregon Coast would be complete without a stop at "MO’s or MO’s Annex" in Newport. If you aren’t real hungry when you arrive in town, take a walk along the waterfront street where MO’s is located and watch the seafood coming off the boats…that will get you tuned in , in no time. The Stern’s say they like the Annex, but actually either place is great. I rate the clam chowder as good as any New England Style I’ve ever had.[|)]
Any recommendations from Newport to Tillamook? Maybe some good cheap eats for a budgeted spring break getaway. [8D]
Middle Oregon Coast
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