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What you’ll find:
At Ecola Seafoods, Dungeness crab cocktail is served cool with sauce on the side.
Approximately 80 miles northwest of Portland, U.S. Route 101 hugs the Oregon coast and is home to achingly beautiful scenery, as well as eateries that offer a variety of healthy, homegrown dishes. First, take U.S. Route 26 northwest to Cannon Beach,
where offshore rock monoliths form an otherworldly seascape. Here, Waves of Grain
uses family-grown wheat to make biscuits, muffins, and cheese sticks. Nearby Ecola Seafoods
is a no-frills market and restaurant with a menu that includes Dungeness crab, salmon, and halibut, caught by the restaurant’s own fishing fleet.
From there, continue south to Tillamook Valley,
a region with some of the finest cheese makers in the Pacific Northwest. Case in point: Tillamook County Creamery
, which boasts a cheese shop, a factory tour, and the Creamery Café, the place to go for gooey grilled cheese sandwiches and dairy-fresh ice cream in flavors like Grandma’s Cake Batter. Anyone visiting Otis Cafe
, a cottage just inland on the Salmon River Highway in Otis,
should bring an appetite for specialties such as pork chops and applesauce and thick toast cut from homemade molasses bread.
Farther down the coast in South Beach,
the South Beach Fish Market
serves burgers made from shrimp, crab, or minced salmon. Jazzed for a cup of joe? Try the Green Salmon Coffee Shoppe
The shop’s Kope Jahe (a double-strength coffee with ginger and cane sugar) and Café Oregonian (made with hazelnut milk) are yummy, but treats like the maple-glazed croissants are what you’ll really remember.
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