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Oregon Coast report: Port Orford and Newport


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Oregon Coast report: Port Orford and Newport

abstractpoet | | Aug 1, 2010 11:30 PM

The wife and I just spent several days exploring the beautiful Oregon Coast, and, thanks in part to recommendations of the fine hounds on this board ( ), ate quite well the whole time.

We'd started our trip with a night in Ashland (my report here; ). And after picking up some cheese at the Rogue Creamery, we cut across to the coast via the infamous Bear Camp Road (not knowing until afterward that this daunting, twisty, and rather poorly marked road was the site of the Kim family tragedy of a few years ago). Anyway, after a few navigational miscues, we made it to our first stop on the coast, the quaint village of Port Orford, where we'd made plans to try the famous (at least according to Sunset Magazine) fish and chips at Crazy Norwegian's.

I stuck with the restaurant's trademark dish, and I ended up feeling pretty pleased with (if not blown away by) my dinner. They do a good fry job on the fish, so there's a nice crust, though a couple of the pieces had slightly soggy (and grease-soaked) bottoms, maybe from sitting on top of the chips. The fish itself (local cod) was a bit bland (not much seasoning), but the amazingly tasty house-made tartar sauce more than made up for it. Also noteworthy were the fries (excellent, super-crisp) and the side of cole slaw (nice mild tang without being overly sauced).

My wife opted for the shrimp and chips, which she seemed to enjoy--though to me, the portion size (four jumbo shrimp) was a bit skimpy and the shrimp themselves pretty unmemorable. The other highlight of the meal was the slice of marionberry pie (one of four or five pie options) that we had for dessert. The pie was served warm, rustic in a good homemade kind of way, and the filling wasn't too sweet.

Sunset Magazine had named Crazy Norwegian's one of the West Coast's top 10 seafood spots by the sea. I don't know if I would put the restaurant on any kind of top 10 list, but it was a tasty, unpretentious meal, and we enjoyed it.

Crazy Norwegians
259 Sixth St, Port Orford, OR 97465