Fun Places To Eat On The Oregon Coast

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Fun Places To Eat On The Oregon Coast covers a few of the “funky” places that we’re crazy about. The Northern, Central and Southern Oregon Coast are all covered.

Oregon has earned a well-deserved reputation for excellent cuisine of all kinds. Many talented Oregon Chefs work at small cafes; and of course many own or work at fine dining establishments. This post will introduce to some of the best places to eat on the Oregon Coast; most disguised as “dives.” Of course we cannot cover them all, so if you would like to share your favorite or comment on one that Cultural Oregon has selected please do so below.

Bowpickers definitely qualifies as one of those fun places to eat on the Oregon Coast that  will first strike you as a “dive”.

Just so you know, a Bowpicker is a boat that was developed for salmon fishing on the Colombia River. They are still used today on the river by salmon gillnet fishermen. Locals often refer to Bowpickers as “muzzle loaders.” Bowpickers is also a fish and chips joint in Astoria, Oregon. It is aptly named as it really is a Bowpicker Boat!

The simple menu is fish and chips – however they are excellent! The fish is fresh albacore tuna, lightly breaded with a beer batter and served with huge portion of steak fries. The five piece fish and chips is large enough for two hungry adults.

You can find this beached boat on the corner of 17th & Duane St. Astoria, OR 97103 (See Map). Their phone number is (503) 791-2942. 

Related Astoria articles for our readers. Resource for Gluten Free Places to eat on the Oregon Coast.

The Columbian Cafe is one of those fun places to eat on the Oregon coast that will have you shaking your head?

It looks like a diner and serves three meals a day and snacks in between, but is it really a diner? The menu would tell you no – it includes fresh seafood and spicy vegetarian dishes as well as meat dishes that it cures and smokes on premise. The restaurant is well aware of how good its food is and proclaims that eating there is an experience that “will change your life.” No credit cards or reservations, come late and you will have to wait.

This local Astoria favorite is at 1114 Marine Dr., Astoria, OR, 97103 (See Map) Reach them at (503) 325-2233.

Another related Astoria article covering hotels for our readers!

Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro will get you going in the morning  but surprise you at night!

Visitors to Oregon and locals rave about the superb coffee  and great breakfasts served here. All coffee comes from the Cafee Vita Coffee Roasting Company. Cafee Vita prides itself that coffee beans come to them direct from the fields with no stops in between.

All growers that Cafee Vita sources from use sustainable arming practices. During the day, it is a combination coffeehouse/café, but at night, a dinner menu with great food is available, so please DO NOT drive all over the 101 hiway looking for great places to eat on the Oregon coast when you’ve already found it!

Night time dinner items include: Colombia River Salmon, Pork Mole and Steak Frites. Vegetarian dishes offered number among them: Chickpea Tabouili & Flatbread Salad and Green Market Salad. The menu is moderately prices.

You can reach them by calling (503) 325-1787. They are in Astoria, Oregon at 243 11th St. (See Map).

Bread and Ocean Bakery is that FUN place!

A bakery with an octopus for a mascot? Yes! Bread and Ocean Bakery at 154 Laneda Ave in Manzanita, Oregon is that place.

Related Oregon Travel Article for Manzanita AND Great Hotels on the Oregon Coast.

It had origins as just a bakery is a small storefront that was opened in 2003, three years later they relocated to larger quarters and now are a combination bakery and full service (3 meals per day) restaurant.

Locals and tourists alike rave about the breakfasts served here. It makes sense as they got their start as a bakery; you would expect their breakfast pastries to be outstanding – and they are.

But, the mascot octopus is a harbinger of tasty lunch dishes such as: Albacore Tuna Sandwich nicoise style with olive mayo, hard boiled eggs, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, arugula on ciabatta or a Tuna Melt with roasted onions, tomatoes, smoked cheddar, red pepper mayo, and spinach on sourdough.

Where ever possible food is locally sourced from food producers who use sustainable production techniques. Bring cash or a check as they do not accept credit or debit cards. This charming spot is well worth a visit when in Manzanita.

Bread and Ocean Bakery makes the list of Cultural Oregon Fun Places To Eat On The Oregon Coast and is a FAVORITE Oregon coast vacation area.

The address is 154 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, Oregon. (See Map) You can call them at (503) 368-5823.

Kelly’s Cantina is FUN and Funky. Do we need to repeat that is is a terrific entry onto the Cultural Oregon list of places to eat on the Oregon coast.

Florence, Oregon is the home of this quirky yet popular restaurant. Try to get a table that overlooks the river before enjoying your seafood, uh no Mexican food, well actually Mexican seafood – that’s not right either, Kelly’s Cantina actually serves all three kinds of food and they are all exceptional. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and fills up quickly for the dinner meal. The menu is dictated by the catch of the day and what local food producers have available.

Contact Kelly’s Cantina at (541) 997-8005. The street address is 1340 Bay Street Florence, OR (See Map)

Local Ocean Seafoods

Visit Local Ocean Seafoods in Newport Oregon and answer this question – is it a restaurant or a fish seller. Cultural Oregon won’t keep you in suspense – this Newport Bay front place is both. If you are looking to buy great fresh fish visit the fish market part of the location. But, if you are after some wonderful grilled fish then visit the restaurant portion. Either side has amazingly fresh fish!

The kitchen is centrally located to the seating and open so you see your food as it is prepared by the excellent kitchen staff. Seafood requires more than careful cooking; it must be fresh to be good. Whether you are having a meal or buying fish to cool yourself, the Local Ocean fish is always fresh. Like many other terrific Oregon restaurants the menu here is dictated by the availability of the freshest ingredients.

Accordingly, Local Oceans has a menu that varies with the catch. They are at 213 SE Bay Blvd. Newport, OR (See Map)

Noodle Café

For pure fun and wonderful food this  restaurant anchors the list of fun places to eat on the Oregon Coast.  If we took the wheels off the best “foodcart” this is the result.

Also on the Bay front in Newport is this Asian fusion restaurant. The décor is tranquil and simple as it should be in an

Asian establishment except for the funky green color. Foods have their roots in dishes from Thailand, China, Korea, Japan and Viet Nam. Everything is freshly prepared and the owner Lisa is generally at the front. She willingly answers menu questions and will adjust a dish to suit your taste.

They are on the water front at 837 SW Bay Blvd. Newport, OR 97365 (See Map) Their phone number is (541) 574-6688.

Funky, eclectic, unusual are what these places have in common along with fun, fresh locally sourced food cooked to perfection. Try one of them next time you are on the Oregon coast.

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