This section is dedicated to what I consider some of the best restaurants on the Oregon Coast. There are some really outstanding places to eat along the coastline.
Let me say that, first of all, with seafood, you are always on the right track to some tasty eats. Fresh, coastal fare is just the icing on the cake.
There are a few particular dishes that make me salivate at the very thought of them. A tall, ice-cold glass of milk is one (as I write this, I'm starting to drool already! haha), anchovies are another (keep your comments to yourself ;)), and most types of Oregon coast seafood round out the bunch. Dungeness crab, steamer clams, calamari, shrimp and prawns top my list of favorite seafood dishes. Cold, hot, as cocktails, sautéed, fried....it doesn't matter. Just give me some! ;)
Believe me when I tell you that until you've eaten a freshly cracked Dungeness crab with lemon and hot butter, you haven't lived! It is soooooooo good! The fresh, white meat inside the shell is nicely sweet. A large bucket of steamer clams, a refreshing shrimp sandwich, a steaming bowl of clam chowder on a cold day.....whatever you're choice, it's going to be the right one.
There are so many terrific places up and down the coast to dig into some fresh seafood, many considered the best restaurants around and many others, just great places all-around to get a good meal. From larger, more well-known restaurants to small, almost secretive "hole-in-the-wall" joints. Many of what I consider the best restaurants are not necessarily fancy, do not tend to have prices that will gag you and will not park your car for you.
Just about everywhere you turn, you're going to come across a place that is going to be friendly, treat you well, and serve up a meal to rave about. Those are the ones to remember, in my opinion.
Some of my fondest memories of being at the Oregon coast have been dining with my wife in a dimly-lit restaurant, sipping a Coke (we don't care for wine) and talking over a couple large plates of steak, prawns and vegetables. You throw in a loaf of freshly-baked bread and you have quite the evening going on. The smell alone could send you into fits of happiness.
By the way, whatever place you choose to dine at, make sure to order a fresh cup of coffee with your dinner or at least afterwards. Why? The coffee all along the Oregon Coast is to die for. If you're a fan of the java juice, I really think you'll find what I say to be strangely true.
Many of the Oregon coast best restaurants, eateries, cafes, and bakeries up and down the coast line change their opening hours depending on the seasons. A few may not even be open certain days of the week. You'll definitely want to call before dropping in for breakfast. You'll also want to have every sort of legal tender on you since a lot of places have their own rules about what they are able to take for payment and what they are not. Your best bet is to bring it all or call before showing up.
Alright, enough talk. I'm sure we're all wanting to dive into a juicy steak or a fresh crab salad by now. I know I am. So, without further ado....