America’s Byways: Oregon’s Pacific Coast Scenic Byway

163 MILES | 4 hr 9 min | by Michael Stern

America’s Byways® are a collection of 150 National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. One of the most beautiful such roads also happens to be one of the most delicious: the drive along Oregon’s coast from Astoria south to Brookings. As described by the Department of Transportation, it “winds by estuarine marshes, clings to seaside cliffs, passes through agricultural valleys, and brushes against wind-sculpted dunes. Charming small towns, museums, state parks, overlooks, historic bridges, and lighthouses ensure a delightful journey.” We add only one suggestion: bring plenty of appetite!



Bowpicker is a landlocked Oregon fishing boat serving just one thing: fish and chips. It is albacore tuna in a beer batter crust. Maybe the best anywhere.

Must Eats

Blue Scorcher Bakery Cafe

A worker collective restaurant with high-minded principles, Blue Scorcher serves wonderful pastries, good Oregon coffee, and a seasonal-local vegetarian menu.


Pacific Way Bakery & Cafe

2-for-1: Pacific Way is a casual coffee house with world-class pastries and an adjoining restaurant with eclectic Oregon seafood and creative pizzas.

Must Eats

Norma’s Seafood and Steak

An Oregon coast restaurant with excellent seafood, Norma's makes especially good crab Louis. Also: yummy local sole and a large variety of fish and chips.


Ecola Seafoods Restaurant & Market

Ecola is a no-frills seafood market & restaurant in Cannon Beach, Oregon, serving fish & chips, Dungeness crab & salmon caught by the Ecola boat.



Wanda's is Nehalem, Oregon's friendly, comfort-food restaurant that bakes its own pastries and serves a famously good plate of huevos rancheros. Interior decor is wall-to-wall retro-kitsch.


Fish Peddler at Pacific Oyster

Primarily a wholesale oyster operation, Pacific Oyster's Fish Peddler Cafe offers bivalves raw or cooked, plus local crab and cheese sandwiches.


Otis Cafe

The Otis Cafe is a tiny Oregon cottage that serves large breakfasts and mighty sandwiches for lunch. The bread is homemade as are superb pies.


Local Ocean Seafoods

The best seafood restaurant in Newport, Local Ocean throbs with good vibes. Great counter seats provide a view of the bustling open kitchen.


South Beach Fish Market

An eat-in-the-rough seafood market and casual roadside cafe on the Oregon Coast, South Beach serves some of the best fish and chips and superb onion rings.


Luna Sea Fish House

None of the seafood at Luna Sea in Yachats, Oregon, is farmed; all of it was recently swimming. There is none better on the coast.


Green Salmon

Enticing as its coffee is, it's Green Salmon food that wins fans in Yachats, Oregon: superb pastries, hot cereals and egg sandwiches far beyond ordinary.