My wife and I just got back to L.A. from a driving tour of the NW Oregon coast. We rented a house for two nights in Manzanita (20-30 minutes south of Cannon Beach) and really enjoyed the quiet, laid-back feel of the town.
A high point of our trip was dinner at Currents restaurant in Nehalem (5 minutes south of Manzanita). It has a lovely, small deck area immediately adjacent to the river. Currents had been recommended to us by the owner of another restaurant in the area.
Being slightly jaded foodies from L.A., we weren't sure, beautiful setting aside, how the food at Currents would rate. Suffice it to say, our meal was one of the best in recent memory (and possibly the best for such a moderate price, period). There are also several microbrews on draft and a full bar with premium spirits.
We started with the manila clams appetizer. As I type this, I'm still thinking of the light cream and basil in the broth. Delicious. It's enough for two.
Entrees were Kobe meatloaf and halibut. The portions are substantial, leaving us (sadly) with no room for dessert. Dinner, drinks, and tip set us back a wallet-friendly $80-85.
In fact, we enjoyed our dinner so thoroughly, we went back to Currents for dinner the following night. My wife just had to have the halibut again (something about the lighly-fried jicama) and I had the pork loin. Another very satisfying meal.
The owner, Raquel, and her staff are charming and attentive. We're looking forward to stopping there again on our next trip to the area (and lamenting the fact that we haven't found a similar restaurant in our area).