Pixie Kitchen - Lincoln City, Oregon

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The fabulous Pixie Kitchen of Lincoln City is my all-time favorite memory of the Oregon Coast when I was young. I remember my parents taking me there to eat and then onto Pixieland to play, which was about 3 miles away in the community of Otis.

pixie kitchen billboard

At Pixieland, you could ride their old steam train (Little Toot), catch a live show, get some tasty treats such as their popular scones, and ride amusement rides. The log flume at Pixieland was my favorite. I know that there is a black-and-white photo of me on something like an egg-beater ride with tiger cars floating around somewhere. If I happen to get hold of it, I'll post it here.

Do you have any special memories you'd like to share? I'd love to have you post them in the form near the bottom of the page, for all to read and enjoy. ;)

Then-Governor Tom McCall dedicated Pixieland to the families of Oregon on June 28, 1969. Sad to say, Pixieland was only around for 4 years before it was torn down. I'm not sure why.

Pixie History

pixie kitchen menu

This was a very popular tourist stop because of the motif and atmosphere it generated. It's slogan was, "Heavenly Food on the Oregon Coast." There are a few treasures from the restaurant floating around out there, such as mugs, Pixieland t-shirts and plates.

The first incarnation of this very special place opened in 1948 and was called Pixie Pot Pies. Located in Wecoma Beach and owned by Mr. and Mrs. T.C. Gallagher and Loren Cleoworth, it was primarily a take-home pie service, but peach and berry cobblers could be eaten on the premises.

On May 21, 1953, the enlarged and redecorated restaurant opened as Pixie Kitchen under the new ownership of Jerry and Lu Parks, former owners of the Crab Boiler near Seaside. Dinners included entrée choices of seafood, steak, prime rib, pork chops, or chicken.

pixie kitchen mermaid

Special attention was paid to children as customers, with "specially-trained" waitresses, children's portions, place mats that folded into pixie hats and gifts of surprise candy gifts.

Attractions such as the Pixie Garden that included wonderful mechanized, moving pixies of all kinds captured the imagination of visitors. These wonderful little scenes could be seen through the windows of the restaurant (see the photo to the left). When I was a kid, I would sit the whole time we were there and watch all the stuff going on.

One amusement was a special set of mirrors in the front. One placed near the entrance made a person look tall and thin and read "You Look Hungry". Another, near the exit made one look short and fat and read, "Guess You Had Enuff". Haha!

Videos of Pixie Kitchen and Pixie Land, courtesy of the Lincoln City McDougall Clan


The Pixie Kitchen was a landmark for coastal visitors for thirty years, located at 3519 NW Hwy 101 in Lincoln City (there is a Motel 6 there now).

It closed in 1983, but had a short revival in 1985 under the operation of Mike and Anne Baxter. Soon after, it closed for good. After that, the building became Brandon's Nightclub and then a residence. Unfortunately, the building caught fire and was never restored. Even today, the Pixie Kitchen is remembered fondly by thousands of visitors. I, for one, miss it a lot.

The Original Pixie Kitchen Clam Dip Recipe

Ingredients:
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 Teaspoon garlic salt
8 oz minced clams
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise
1/2 Teaspoon Monosodium Glutamate

Drain clams, reserving liquid. Mix all ingredients and use the liquid for thinning mixture to desired consistency.
Let stand 4 to 7 days.

Ready?....Set?....EAT!! ;)
 

I would like to thank Anne Hall, Director of the Historical Museum in Lincoln City for this great information.


Here are some photos that I took from a trip to the Lincoln County Historical Museum, where they had a nice display of Pixie memorabilia, all laid out for everyone to enjoy....so I did and decided to share it with you! ;)

Click on each photo below for a larger version:

 pixie kitchen garden

 pixie kitchen story

pixie land story

pixie kitchen memorabilia

 pixie kitchen table

 pixie kitchen table and chairs


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Item From Pixieland! 
I have a platter/tray from Pixie Kitchen or Pixieland. It is quite ornate with PIXIELAND, A little Pixie Train, large and small pixies, a merry-go-round, …

Pixie Land / Pixie Kitchen Collector and Trader..... 
We used to come to Lincoln City as kids to share the fun. Pixie Kitchen was a favorite place to eat and play the arcade games. Later in 1975, I married …

Pixie Kitchen And Special Family Memories 
Our family celebrated special events, birthdays, Mother's Day, etc., with a drive to the Pixie Kitchen. We also loved the mirrors, entertaining …

Boy, I Miss The Pixie Kitchen 
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I LOVE The Pixie Kitchen! 
Oh my! I wish someone (myself) LOL..had enough money to bring back the Pixie Kitchen. I think the big moneymaker for someone is to rebuild it in it's …

Pixie Kitchen Memory From 1977 
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Table Scenes at Pixie Kitchen 
I too loved the Pixie Kitchen but only got to go there once a year as we lived in Idaho. I seem to remember the tables were deep with glass tops and …

Pixie Land.... 
My family always went to the Oregon coast for vacations. Specifically, we always went to Lincoln City, and we usually camped at Pixieland . I was …

Pixie Kitchen - Fried Chicken and Cod Fish Balls 
We always went to Pixie Kitchen for dinner when my family would go to the beach when I was young. Later, after I was married, I took my husband there. …

Pixie Kitchen And Clam Chowder Lover 
The Pixie Kitchen in Lincoln City was the absolute best! We used to go to Lincoln City a lot in the 60's. It was my Mom and her girlfriends' getaway …

Pixie Kitchen and West Moved to East 
Yes, as many of us now in their 50's remember so fondly, Pixie Kitchen was a MUST as a child. I remember the mirrors at the reception area - the funny …

Loved Pixie Kitchen & Pixie-land 
WOW! I have many, many wonderful childhood memories of visiting both Pixie Kitchen & Pixie-land with my family. The food was wonderful, but what I remember …

Pixie Kitchen & Pixieland Token 
I collect trade tokens and came across this one. It is well worn from much use, I imagine. The other side is the same, but says, "Pixie-Kitchen" at …

Fond Memories of the Pixie Kitchen 
I'm not sure how accurate my memory is, but it seems like my mom and dad used to take me to Pixie Kitchen quite a bit when I was a kid. I was somewhere …

Pixie Kitchen Pixie-phernalia 
The Pixie Kitchen on the Oregon coast was amazing! Our family always took a yearly vacation, no matter what, no matter how little money my parents had...and …

Pixie Kitchen As A Child 
I grew up just a block north of the Pixie Kitchen on HWY 101. I well remember in the late 50's and 60's the large amount of cars that would be parked …

Dad Came To America To Work At Pixie Kitchen 
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Missing The Pixie Kitchen Not rated yet
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All You Could Eat Razor Clams At Pixie Kitchen Not rated yet
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