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Bread and Ocean, Manzanita... and a plea for a substitute


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Bread and Ocean, Manzanita... and a plea for a substitute

patrick | Jul 26, 2010 11:17 AM

Last night we visited Bread and Ocean for supper, for the second time this summer.

Both times the food has been mostly excellent, the wine good, the prices Portland-bistro-reasonable... and the service bizarrely lackadaisical and ineffective.

The only problem with the food is that both times the potatoes in one of the side dishes were undercooked (or in one case, barely cooked at all).

The rest of the food is delicious, and while it is much more expensive than a quick stop at a fish&chips stand or whatever, we love it for a tasty and delicately-flavored meal after a day of mostly beach-oriented junk food: ice cream and potato chips and too much coffee and etc.

But the service is really so poor that we'll be reluctant to return. Both times the server (different one each time) seemed overwhelmed and, oddly, kind of mystified as to why we'd shown up and started ordering food. At neither visit was the restaurant particularly full or busy. Most people around us seemed to be experiencing the same odd, intermittent, half-mast service as well.

Last night the wine we ordered wasn't on the menu -- the server told us about it, and recommended it, and then in a long string of leaving-and-coming-back, gave us tastes of two other wines, while failing to find out how much her recommended one cost. She finally just named a price and we took it, and the wine was fine.

We didn't get enough placesettings for our table and it took several attempts to get through to her that we needed another one. She seemed good-humored, but somehow asleep at the wheel.

And, of course, it took forever to get our check.

Food arrived in a relatively timely fashion, and except for the potatoes everything was good-- the grilled salmon excellent, the salads fresh and delicious.

I am reluctant to sound snippy or yelp-esque, but I do feel like I ought to say something about this place. They have such an opportunity to be a really good restaurant. The service wasn't abominable, it was just bizzarre and offputting, and left us thinking that rather than go quite a bit out of our way to dine here, we should instead put some more effort into finding other good restaurants in the stretch of coast between Tillamook and Cannon Beach.

I'll search the board, of course, but does anyone have any suggestions? I'd love a better-than-usual seafood restaurant (for some light fish+chips and a good salad) or a better-than-usual Mexican place.

Thanks, and happy belated summer!


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