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Oregon Coast report

sgirl | Sep 29, 200307:10 PM

Thanks to those who gave recommendations, I had a terrific week in Oregon. I hit some wineries in the upper Willamette Valley – the Pinots, as noted by nja were not remarkable, but the Syrah at Duck Pond and Elk Cove were fabulous, as was the Elk Cove Pinot Gris. The harvest started last week, and it was fun to see all the wineries getting ready. I’d strongly recommend that the wineries on Hwy18 be avoided – they attract the heavy crowds, and the staff was overwhelmed on the Sunday afternoon. Getting off that beaten path yielded much friendlier staffs, with more time to talk about the wines.

Had lunch twice at Blackened Fish in Lincoln City – the Fried Oysters were as good as ever, and the Oregon Shrimp sandwich on Foccacia was great. Their slaw is really good –made with Napa cabbage, cabbage, radishes, and a very light cream dressing. They used to do an Asian style vinaigrette, but have switched to the creamier dressing.

Sadly, the Red Fox bakery just up 101 from the Blackened Fish seems to have slipped. The bread is still good, but the pastries were not good. The croissants were heavy, the scone heavy and dry, and the lemon tart leaden. This is unfortunate, as it’s always been good in the past. I wonder who their baker is now.

It’s not Ocean Crabbing season, so I had to search for a Bay caught crab, but found that the Lighthouse in Newport (just south of the bridge, or at the bottom of Canyon Way) had live ones. Cooked it up and had it with the Elk Cove Pinot Gris. A true Oregon feast!

Had a lovely bowl of Oyster Stew at the Chowder Bowl in Yachats, with more plump oysters than could logically be expected. They add thyme to the brew, which is a little untraditional, but good. Excellent wine list, too.

The Pelican Brew Pub in Pacific City was pretty good. Had the Haystack Burger for lunch, which was messy with bacon, cheese, avocado and jalapenos. I’m not too sure about the fries, which were ‘beer battered’. The batter seemed to simply catch the grease and make an unhealthy indulgence even worse. Dinner there was very good – Seafood Quesadillas – Salmon, cod, and scallops in a crispy tortilla, with good black beans, rice and fresh salsa. I know, it’s weird to eat in the same place twice in one day, but it was 80* and sunny, the sand was like powder, the water sparklling, and it was just too beautiful to leave!

And as usual, the latte at the coffee stand at Cape Perpetua is one of the best cups in the NW!

A wonderful time was had; good food eaten, and sunshine was enjoyed. Thanks for your suggestions!

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