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Bandon Eats

JanT | Jul 17, 2006 07:34 PM

Bandon is pretty much a fish and chips kind of place, but there’s more if you look. The restaurant scene is forever changing with a favorite, the Channel House, formerly Harp’s, at the west end of 1st St., closed. Bill’s Grill at the Best Western on Beach Loop reopened this week but we didn’t try it. The Wheelhouse was recommended, but we wanted takeout to eat by the ocean and they wouldn’t do it. We finally gave up the restaurant addiction we’ve had when we’ve visited the coast, both California and Oregon. This time we found the few wharf take-out shacks to be where the real flavor is, both in terms of food and ambiance. Be aware, however, that we weren't looking for fancy schmancy, frilly willy food. Just good, reasonably priced and not served to us on a plate. Very good cioppino at Port of Call, aka Tony’s Crab Shack. Also good there is what they claim to be Bandon’s Famous Crab Sandwich, chockful of chunks of crab. Sides of slaw and fresh fruit OK. Great smoked salmon and freshest bay shrimp cocktails at Pacific Seafood, a fish market on the water. You can eat at one of their very rustic picnic tables and watch the boats come up the Coquille River. If you have one of the many vacation rental houses, they have the freshest looking fish to cook in your kitchen. For breakfast, you can’t beat the mammoth cinnamon rolls at Bandon Baking Company; their cranberry bagels are also good. For afternoon sweet treats, we liked the maple-nut fudge and Umpqua Chocolate Madness Espresso ice cream cones at the Fudge Factory.

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