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Casual But Great Eats in and Around Seaside/Oregon Coast

kim c | Mar 23, 200502:35 PM

We have had several great casual meals here and thought I'd post about a few of them.

1. Norma's Ocean Diner in Seaside-we had the shrimp cocktail here that was very good with lots of fresh pieces of shrimp and a very good sauce. We also had -an order the award-winning clam chowder that was very good and I had the crab melt that was simply prepared with lots of Tillamook cheddar cheese. The french fries were not acceptable tho, overcooked and a bit tasteless. This is a great family restaurant, probably comprable to Mo's without the gorgeous views that go with Mo's.

2. The Ship Inn, Astoria- Another great casual meal of halibut fish and chips with lots of lemon and tartar sauce. I really have yet to find any fish and chips that are comprable to these. Consistent, year after year they have never changed. We dined with our middle son and his friend and they both enjoyed their fish and chips also and the clam chowder here is a bit above Norma's, IMO. The views of the Columbia River are gorgeous and the trolley car runs by which is an added treat.

3. Bigfoot Pub & Grub-Seaside,OR- we like to go here on the rib night which is Sun. night. You just won't find any ribs that are prepared so wonderfully. The soak them in 7-UP or something, we wanted the recipe. The ribs are served with mashed potatoes and a little side of broccoli salad that is very good. If you're a rib-lover, you won't be disappointed here.

4. McKeown's in Seaside,OR-Located on Broadway this is a little gem in the Historic Gilbert District in Seaside. The place is very charming with twinkle lights, fresh flowers, candles and lots of pretty PNW colors. We went for breakfast and will return again and again. It is open for breakfast,lunch and dinner. For breakfast, they bring out a mini plate of boysenberry scones and little muffins that comes with every breakfsat item. Very good and served on a cool looking Vintage plate.

I ordered the crab cake benedcit that is dungness crabcakes topped with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. Served with sides of red potatoes that were prepared just right. I loved this enree and there are about four different kinds of egg benedict dishes on the menu and even strawberry pancakes. The OJ is freshed squeezed and very, very good served with an orange slice on the glass. I think we'll be going here a lot when we're on the coast. This would be a great place for family, also. We almost tried it for dinner but decided on the Wayfarerat the Surfsand Resort. I'll post about that experience later.

We're not off to Aberdeen, WA for an afternoon of business, and I hope to try either the Shoalwater or the 42 Street Cafe for dinner. I know the pan-fried oysters at the Shoalwater are very good and could they be any fresher with the oyster farm just a few miles away? Cheers! ***kim***

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