I absolutely love Oregon coast seafood. Dungeness crab, steamer clams, fresh scallops, shrimp, stuffed prawns, mussels, calamari, all types of fish (although I do tend to lean toward salmon. Especially when it's smoked). Just about anything. The type that I don't care for is the oyster. I do like them smoked on pizza, but that's the extent of my short-lived passion for them.
I'm always on the look-out for the tastiest clam chowder I can find. I can't get enough of it! My wife and I went to a Chowder Cook-Off recently that turned into a really terrific day of food and fun. Unfortunately, I can't be at the Oregon coast every day (maybe some day!). So, whenever I'm able to feast on fresh goodies from the sea right at home, I do.
Now, not only is food from the oceans tasty as can be, it is also very good for you and has many health benefits. It is nutrient dense, high in protein content, low in sodium, total fat and calories and packed with vitamins and minerals. What more could you possibly want?
Seafood can be substituted in recipes that call for red meats. With the fish oils and other great benefits, you can lower your cholesterol and lower the chance of heart disease. The introduction of fish into your diet 3 times a week can aid in leading a long, healthy life. Your body will love you for it and your stomach will thank you, too. ;)
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The Oregon Coast has fresh tastes from the sea running through it's veins. It's known for some of the best. You can't drive anywhere along the coastline without hitting either a restaurant that serves delicious fish, crab, clams, scallops, shrimp and more or a small-town sea food market to buy it fresh. Usually both.
One of my wife's favorite stops is a small stand just outside of Lincoln City that is nothing more than a smaller display case that sells Dungeness crabs (her favorite!). It has a large sign above it that simply says, "CRABS," painted in large letters. It has been there for decades, which says a lot for it's popularity.
Never discount the "hole-in-the-wall" places dotting the coastline. Many of them have the freshest food you're going to find. The low overhead of keeping something like that running is passed along to the customer in lower prices and better product. You may consider taking along an ice chest and stocking up when you find such a place. Who knows? It might become a regular haunt of yours, just like "CRABS" is for us. ;)
Seafood Festivals Along The Oregon Coast
With passion, there are specialty festivals being held from north to south, every year. You simply cannot throw a rock without hitting one. This is your chance to indulge in some of the finest Pacific Northwest food straight from the sea. Here are a few of the events that you won't want to miss:
On your visit to the coast, don't forget to sit down to a wonderful meal of the freshest seafood around. One of my favorites for clam chowder is any of the famous Mo's Restaurants. Yummy and warms the tummy! As the owner of Gracie's Sea Hag restaurant in Depoe Bay (Mmmm! One of Gracie's tasty crab croissants sure would hit the spot about now!) says, "so fresh that the ocean hasn't missed it yet!"
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