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The Schooner Bistro/Astoria, OR

kim c | Jun 16, 200404:35 PM

This little place rocks! Only a few months old, I was anxious to try it out. It is the signature restaurant to the Hotel Elliott (Astoria's luxury boutique hotel.)

The atmosphere is casual-formal with dark wood furniture, fresh flowers and candles set at each table. A very nice feel to the place when you walk in the door. We were promptly seated without a reservation by a nice table by the front window.

Very nice app and starters selection (12 on the menu.) I chose the Dungeness Crab Fritter which is local dungeness crab and fresh chive fritters, lightly fried golden & complemented by a horseradish creme fraiche. Very good, full of lots of very fresh crab. We loved this.

I chose a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc which was very nice, served in a small carafe and a very large white wine glass. Fragrant and refreshing.

I chose the wild salmon penne pasta entree which is penne pasta tossed in a hazelnut rum sauce topped with a filet of grilled wild salmon. Served in a large pasta bowl and very good.

My DH chose the meatloaf special served with garic mashed potatles. Very generous portion and he enjoyed it very much.

We also split a very large bowl of delicious clam chowder. I just loved the presentation of this chowder, complete with four clams in the shell. Very nice clammy flavor and fun to split.

The menu is very varied, with over nine entrees and four entree salads to choose from.

Schooners is also open for breakfast with such selections as: goat cheese omelet, smoked salmon benedict, bay shrimp quiche and fresh berry blintzes. I hope to try it for breakfast some morning, also.

Schooners also has fish tacos (one of my favorites) served with Southern Atlantic tilapia filets blackened and seared, served in warm pita wrap with diced tomatoes, chopped cabbage, and a fresh yogurt dill sauce, accompanied by a spicy Israeli Cous Cous.

Schooner's is a must while in the charming town of Astoria, OR. Bon appetit! ***kim***

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