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Cannon Beach on a Budget

Amecameca | Feb 21, 201202:09 PM

Cannon Beach is a great destination on the Oregon Coast. But it tends to be pretty upscale, and expensive for a lot of us 99 percenters. We recently had the use of a cabin loaned to us for a long weekend, and we were determined to eat well without overspending.

One good choice if you are on a budget is Bill's Tavern and Brewhouse. If you like good beer, you can't beat the happy hour, Sunday through Thursday from 5-7 where Bill's homebrews are only $3 a pint. There are a number to choose from and they are all great. The food here is very good too, and reasonably priced. We especially liked the seafood stew that was loaded with seafood and spiced with saffron and other spices that made it extra special. It can be hard to get a seat at Bill's, but it's worth a little wait.

Another great choice for seafood is Ecola Seafoods, a seafood market and deli. It's a very informal, family friendly place, but you can't get a bad meal here. Everything is fresh and well-prepared. Lots of people rave about the smoked mussel appetizer. I am allergic to mussels, so I went for the other appetizer I saw in the deli case which was calamari and some kind of seaweed, I believe. It was scrumptious! Even the humble cod fish and chips is excellent here because the fish is so fresh.

One night we decided to dine in at our cabin so we got salad greens from the local grocery and a big bottle of wine and a pizza to go from Pizza A'Fetta. This place has gotten great reviews for a long time. We had hoped to get the famous crab pizza, but were informed when we called in that they don't offer it in the low tourist season (aka winter). We had to settle for their Pizza of the Month, which did not disappoint. It was a combination of chicken, pesto, goat cheese, mozzarella cheese, and roma tomatoes. The thin crust was excellent -- a little burned on the bottom like we prefer. It was ready at the take out window in only 15 minutes.

Finally, I can report that to economize on breakfast, we ate every morning at Waves of Grain Bakery, on the north end of town. This little place serves wonderful fresh baked goods every morning, beginning at 7 am and has the local Sleepy Monk Coffee too. The individual quiches are especially delicious. It might be hard to get a place to sit if you get here later in the morning. This is a popular spot! But whatever you get here can be easily taken with you.

I hope this post will help those of you who plan to come to Cannon Beach to stay here more affordably.

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