Thanks chowhounders for all your rec's for Lincoln City, where I have worked for a few months. Certainly Blackfish is great (although closed for the month?). Note: the wine glasses are significantly less generous (for "by-the-glass" portions) than competitor Wildflower.
Here are some sleepers that no one mentioned:
Momiji in Siletz Bay right at the corner of 101 & 51st. This is a surprisingly good chinese restaurant that actually also has a sushi bar (I can't vouch for the sushi however). Yes, over-ambitious perhaps, but good nevertheless.
The Jasmine Thai restaurant is also surprisingly good with authentic curries and green papaya salads.
There is a deli at the Benoit winery store at the Tanger Outlet Mall that has excellent, large sandwiches along with a plethora of gourmet items.
OK what about Newport? Give me your recommendations down there and I'll report back in a few months.