Pacific Northwest Eateries

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Arcade Tavern, 135 Alabama Ave., Old Town Bandon, OR; 541/347-3902. (March-April 2001)

Bandon Baking Co. and Deli, 160 Second St., Old Town Bandon, OR; 541/347-9440 or (March-April 2001)

Big Wave Restaurant, at the Laneda Street-U.S. 101 junction, Manzanita, OR; 503/368-9283. Pours fine wines and sets the tables with linens. (March 2005)

Bistro Manzanita, on Laneda Street, Manzanita, OR; 503/368-1001. Pours fine wines and sets the tables with linens. (March 2005)

Bowpicker Fish & Chips, 17th St. & Duane St., Astoria, OR; 503/791-2942 or A fishing-vessel-turned-restaurant locals call "the boat." (July-August 2005)

Bunkhouse Restaurant, two miles south of Manzanita on U.S. 101, OR; 503/368-5424. Attracts locals for logger-size breakfasts. (March 2005)

Café Mundo, 711 NW 2nd Ct., Nye Beach, Newport, OR; 541/265-3292. Order wines from the nearby Nye Beach Gallery while dining alfresco at this bohemian café. (October 2003)

Cannery Cafe, 1 Sixth St., Astoria, OR; 503/325-8642 or Housed in a restored salmon cannery; great views of the river. Lunch seven days a week, dinner Tuesday-Saturday. (July-August 2000)

Chowder Bowl, 728 NW Beach Dr., Nye Beach, Newport, OR; 541/265-7477. Popular local spot with award-winning seafood, chowder, burgers, and more. (October 2003)

Cody's Sea to You, Seafood!, at Port Dock 3, Newport, OR; 541/574-0284. Here you can buy the real thing-unadulterated and unprepared-straight off Cody and Dana's fishing boat, the F/V Chelsea Rose. (September 2006)

Columbian Café, 1114 Marine Dr., Astoria, OR; 503/325-2233 or Breakfast and lunch seven days a week, dinner Wednesday-Saturday. Chef's dinner, $19. (2000)

Crazy Norwegians Fish & Chips, 259 6th St., Port Orford, OR; 541/332-8601. This café serves piping hot fish and chips and rich clam chowder. (July-August 2002)

Fishpatrick's Crabby Café, 196 Bay Front Loop, Winchester Bay, OR; 541/271-3474 or Focuses on the fresh, the inexpensive, and the unfancy, allowing the fish to take center stage. (July-August 2006)

Fish Peddlers Market, 617 SW Bay Blvd., Newport, OR; 541/265-7057. Watch shrimp processing through a plate-glass window while feasting on spoon-standing chowder at this ultracasual spot. (September 2004)

Grateful Bread Bakery and Restaurant, 34805 Brooten Rd., Pacific City, OR; 503/965-7337 or Their spicy gingerbread pancakes (a half-order covers the plate) are a tasty favorite. (January-February 2003)

Hickory's BBQ Grill, 1585 9th Street, Florence, OR; 541/997-9739. (October 2004)

The Hungry Halibut, 4685 Netarts Hwy W, Netarts, OR; 503/842-1181. Chef Wayne Chinn serves up abundant platters of seafood and al dente vegetables. (January-February 2003)

Kam Meng, 4424 N. Coast Hwy, Newport, OR; 541/574-9450. Locals swear by the food (and low prices) at this super-casual, family-run restaurant, with mesmerizing views of boats and birds from windowed booths. (September 2006)

Kernville Steakhouse, 186 Siletz Hwy, Gleneden Beach, OR; 541/994-6200 or Features Oregon wines and ingredients, as well as pretty river views. (December 2007)

La Serre Restaurant, Second and Beach Streets, Yachats, OR; 503/547-3420. Head here for fresh Northwest cuisine-especially Umpqua oysters from Oregon's Winchester Bay. (March-April 2001)

Local Ocean Seafoods, 213 SE Bay Blvd., Newport, OR; 541/574-7959 or Offers innovative twists on traditional favorites. Try the fish tacos with zesty fennel slaw or Dungeness crab po'boys smothered with avocado on a melted-Parmesan hoagie bun. (September 2006)

Manzanita Seafood and Chowder House, 519 Laneda Street, Manzanita, OR; 503/368-2722. Does its name proud. (March 2005)

Pelican Pub & Brewery, 33180 Cape Kiwanda Dr., Pacific City, OR; 503/965-7007 or Pours award-winning Tsunami Stout over Tillamook vanilla ice cream for a new take on floats. (January-February 2003)

Quimby's, 740 W. Olive Street in Nye Beach, Newport, OR; 541/265-9919 or Scrumptious crab cakes and baked or smoked salmon. (September 2004)

The Riverhouse Restaurant, 34450 Brooten Rd., Pacific City, OR; 503/965-6722 or Enjoy dory-caught salmon and a Tillamook vanilla "sundae" topped with seasonal fresh fruit. (January-February 2003)

Roseanna's Cafe, 1490 Pacific Ave., Oceanside, OR; 503/842-7351 or Roseanna's hottest items include fresh salmon cakes and marionberry cobbler. (January-February 2003)

Saffron Salmon, 859 SW Bay Blvd., Newport, OR; 541/265-8921 or Serves specialties such as Chinook salmon fillet accented with saffron, hearty seafood stew, and sudsy mugs of Rogue Ale beer, a Newport microbrew. (September 2006)

Salishan Spa & Golf Resort, 7760 Highway 101 N., Gleneden Beach, OR; 800/452-2300 or Ask for an intimate curtained boothLives up to its reputation with such luxuriant fare as Dungeness crab bisque, sumac-crusted venison, and rockfish in mango-chili sauce with seaweed salad. (December 2007)

The Schooner 12th Street Bistro, 360 12th Street, Astoria, OR; 503/325-7882 or Hotel Elliott's restaurant, located across the street. (July-August 2005)

The Schooner Restaurant, 2065 Netarts Bay Blvd., Netarts, OR; 503/842-1455. One waitress calls it "a sea shack with a little class." (January-February 2003)

Side Door, 6645 Gleneden Beach Loop Rd., Gleneden Beach, OR; 541/764-3825 or Ask for an intimate curtained booth. (December 2007)

Spinner's Seafood, 29430 Ellensburg Ave., Gold Beach, OR; 541/247-5160. Ocean view. (July-August 2002)

Sporthaven Inn Restaurant, 16362 Lower Harbor Rd., Brookings, OR; 541/469-5200. Righetti's fresh crab omelet, packed with shellfish and melted cheese, provides energy to spare for a day of exploration. (July-August 2002)

T. Paul's Urban Café, 1119 Commercial St., Astoria, OR; 503/338-5133. A hip but comfortable mix of bistro and coffeehouse. (July-August 2005)

Tea & Tomes, 716 NW Beach Dr., Nye Beach, Nye Beach, OR; 888/868-6637 (541/265-2867). Little girls and ladies alike play dress-up in the wide-brimmed hats and silk scarves that are hung about this eatery. (October 2003)

Unger's on the Bay, 100 Port Dock Rd., Winchester Bay, OR; 541/271-4955. (July-August 2006)

The Wayfarer Restaurant, 1190 Pacific Drive, Cannon Beach, OR; 503/436-1108 or (October 2004)

Whale's Tail, 452 SW Bay Blvd., Newport, OR; 541/265-8660 or e-mail Upscale restaurant along the working waterfront in Newport. (October 2004)

Wheelhouse Restaurant and Crowsnest Lounge, 125 Chicago St., Bandon, OR; 541/347-9331 or (2001)

The Wildflower Grill, 4250 NE Hwy 101, Lincoln City, OR; 541/994-9663. Serves breakfast and lunch daily and dinner Tuesday-Saturday. (September 2005)

The 3 Crabs, 11 Three Crabs Road, Sequim, WA; 360/683-4264 or Feast on crustaceans at the town's 3 Crabs Restaurant. (March 2006)

42nd Street Café, 4201 Pacific Way, Seaview, WA; 360/642-2323 or; Former Shoalwater chef Cheri Walker cooks up hearty and imaginative meals; serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in this down-home setting. (January-February 2001)

Alki Bakery, 2738 Alki Ave. SW, Alki Beach, Seattle, WA; 206/935-1352 or Where freshly made apple-cinnamon bread satisfies a sweet tooth. (June 2005)

Alki Café, 2726 Alki Ave. SW, Alki Beach, Seattle WA; 206/935-0616 or Where seafood omelets are a savory favorite. (June 2005)

The Ark Restaurant & Bakery, 3310 273rd St., Nahcotta, WA; 360/665-4133. This unassuming red wooden building overlooking Willapa Bay was made famous over 20 years ago by the late food maestro James Beard. (January-February 2001)

Arnies, 300 Admiral Way, Edmonds, WA; 425/771-5688 or Popular eatery on the waterfront. (May 2007)

The Athenian Inn or Lowell's, Seattle, WA. Two neighboring inns, three-story restaurants that retain the spirit of a bygone era and serve up panoramic views of the port, the ferries, and the Olympic Peninsula mountains. The Athenian Inn; 206/624-7166. Lowell's; 206/622-2036. (November 2007)

The Back Bay Inn, 24007 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA; 206/463-5355. Try the Dungeness crab cakes in their fine dining room. (March 2004)

The Bair Restaurant & Catering, 1617 Lafayette St., Steilacoom, WA; 253/588-9668. Where an old-fashioned soda fountain serves up thick malts. (December 2006)

Bayside Broiler, 18779 Front St. NE, Poulsbo, WA; 360/779-9076 or Offers waterfront dining. (October 2005)

Bella Italia, 118 E. 1st St., Port Angeles, WA; 360/457-5442 or Italian specialties. (March 2006)

Breakwater Restaurant, 15582 Hwy 112, Clallam, WA; 360/963-2428. Enjoy great homemade soups and chowders. (May-June 2004)

The Calcutta Grill, 15500 Six Penny Ln., Seattle, WA; 425/793-5566 or Reigns hilltop at the public Newcastle Golf Club; enjoy a majestic lookout (on a clear day) across Mercer Island, Lake Washington, the Seattle skyline, Puget Sound, and its Olympics backdrop. (March-April 2003)

Canoe Room Café & Catering Company, Harbour Villa, Ilwaco, WA; 360/642-4899. Delicious specialties including pan-fried oysters and wild-mushroom crepes; has a knockout harbor view. (April 2005)

Chef's Pantry, 112 1/2 Anthes Ave., Langley, WA; 360/221-2060 or Pick up a picnic for a special treat. (January-February 2008)

Christina's, 310 Main Street, Eastsound, WA; 360/376-4904 or Don't miss the salmon drizzled with truffle vinaigrette. (November 2007)

Chuckanut Manor Restaurant B&B, 3056 Chuckanut Dr., Chuckanut, WA; 360/766-6191 or Popular for its Friday evening buffet and Sunday brunch. (March-April 2002)

Chuckanut Valley Store & Café, 5545 Chuckanut Dr., Chuckanut, WA; 360/766-6568. Simple, inexpensive fare. View their menu at (March-April 2002)

Coastal Kitchen, 429 15th Ave. E, Seattle, WA; 206/322-1145 or Since 1993, seven days a week, from 8:30 a.m. to midnight, this restaurant has depicted the art, music, and foods of a different seaside locale somewhere in the world. (March-April 2003)

Copacabana, 1520 1/2 Pike Place, Seattle, WA; 206/622-6359. Upbeat restaurant that spotlights Bolivian flavors and South American bustle. If weather allows, sit on the terrace for a grand view of the Pike Place market scene. (November 2007)

Dahlia Lounge, 2001 4th Ave., Seattle, WA; 206/682-4142 or This restaurant, owned by Chef Tom Douglas, as a "let-the-good-times-roll attitude. (September 2003)

D'Anna's Café Italiano, 1317 N State St., Bellingham, WA; 360/714-0188 or (2000)

Edison Café, 5797 Main Ave., Edison, WA; 360/766-6960. Get your fill with their big breakfasts. (March-April 2002)

Edmonds Bakery, 418 Main St., Edmonds, WA; 425/778-6811 or Great for breakfast or an afternoon pick-me-up cookie. A collection of more than 550 antique or character jars-from Betty Boop and Elvis to toy trains and pink caddies-decorate the shelves. (May 2007)

Elliott's Oyster House, 1201 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA; 206/623-4340 or Elliott's, located on Pier 56, not only serves more than a dozen varieties of oysters every day but also will take the time to explain their differences and relative virtues; chic décor and great Elliott Bay views, particularly at sunset. (November-December 2003)

Etta's Seafood, 2020 Western Ave., Seattle, WA; 206/443-6000 or Owned by Chef Tom Douglas, Etta's Seafood is a casual Seattle fish house; try Tom's famous crab cakes. (September 2003)

Express Cuisine, Vashon, WA; 206/463-6626. Casual conversation and perfectly seared cuisine keep patrons satisfied. (March 2004)

From the Bayou, 508 Garfield St. S, Parkland, WA; 253/539-4269. Southern Louisiana cuisine; a short drive from Tacoma, WA. (January-February 2006)

Frasers Gourmet Hideaway, 1191 SE Dock St., Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, WA; 360/279-1231 or (January-February 2008)

Girardi's Osteria Italiana, 504 5th Ave. S, Edmonds, WA; 425/673-5278. (May 2007)

Greenbank Farms, 765 Wonn Rd., Whidbey Island, WA; 360/678-7700 or Drop by for wine and cheese before climbing the Admiralty Head Lighthouse for a gorgeous view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. (January-February 2008)

Harbor Lights Motel, Restaurant, & Lounge, 147 Howerton Way, Ilwaco, WA; 360/642-3196 or Try their marionberry-stuffed French toast. (April 2005)

II Fiasco, 2717 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA; 253/272-6688 or Northern Italian fare. (January-February 2006)

The Imperial Schooner, 133 Howerton Way SE, Ilwaco, WA; 360/642-8667 or Clint and Laurie Carter revamped a long-standing dive into this neat-as-a-pin café. (April 2005)

Inn at Ship Bay, 326 Olga Road, Orcas Island, WA; 877/276-7296 or Don't miss the pan-searred scallops. (November 2007)

Islander's Grill & Pizzeria, 848 N. Sunrise Blvd. #B, Camano Island, WA; 360/722-7470. Casual dining. (October 2007)

J.J.'s Fish House, 18881 Front St. NE, Poulsbo, WA; 360/779-6609. Serves fine seafood. (October 2005)

La Playa Mexican, 10824 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA; 206/567-0020. Offers the island's only waterfront dining; watch ferries come and go while savoring a huge seafood burrito. (March 2004)

La Rustica, 4100 Beach Drive SW, Alki Beach, Seattle, WA; 206/932-3020. An upscale Italian restaurant with an intimate setting, and cuisine that wins raves from critics and patrons alike. (June 2005)

Longhorn Saloon and Grill, 5754 Cains Ct., Bow, WA; 360/766-6330. Enjoy hearty burgers and oyster dishes. (March-April 2002)

Maiden Makah Pantry, 930 Bay View Avenue, Cape Flattery, WA; 360/645-2924. Serves hearty breakfasts as early as 4 a.m. and burgers till 10 p.m. in summer months. (May-June 2004)

Marina Market, 18882 Front Street, Poulsbo, WA; 360/779-8430 or (October 2005)

Maximilien, 81A Pike St., Seattle, WA; 206/682-7270 or Get a table overlooking Elliott Bay, and fasten your eyes on the ships moving through the fog. (November 2007)

Moby Dick Hotel, Restaurant and Oyster Farm, 25814 Sandridge Rd., Nahcotta, WA; 360/665-4543 or This spot has a unique and comfortable atmosphere with eclectic, 1930s-style charm; hauls in oysters from its own beds and teams them with organic produce from its gardens. (January-February 2001)

The Oceanaire Seafood Room, 1700 7th Ave., Seattle, WA; 206/267-2277 or It's what an old-fashioned steakhouse would be if it transformed into a seafood palace. (March-April 2003)

Olives Café & Wine Bar, 107 5th Ave. N #103, Edmonds, WA; 425/771-5757 or Edmonds' flower-filled spring calls for a picnic assembled with selections from here. (May 2007)

The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive, 2578 Chuckanut Dr., Bow, WA; 360/766-6185 or High on a cliff above Samish Bay, this restaurant dishes up truly memorable Northwest food; reservations are essential. (March-April 2002)

The Oyster House, 320 4th Ave. W, Olympia, WA; 360/753-7000. Have oysters on the half shell, baked with red chile, ginger, and a dash of rum. Oysters Rockefeller? Shooters? Here you can try them all as appetizers, pan-fried as a full meal, or in a zesty bowl of cioppino. (July-August 2000)

Palace Kitchen, 2030 Fifth Ave, on the corner of 5th and Lenora, Seattle, WA; 206/448-2001 or Like Chef Tom Douglas' other restaurants, including Etta's Seafood and Dahlia Lounge, Palace kitchen wins rave reviews from food critics and fans across the country. (September 2003)

Pauly's Bistro, 235 Howerton Way, Ilwaco, WA; 360/642-8447. Imaginative, well-prepared cuisine. (April 2005)

Pegasus Pizza & Pasta, 2770 Alki Ave. SW, Seattle, WA; 206/932-4849 or Arguably the best pizza in the state of Washington. Sunflower seeds and shredded pepperoni stipple the crusts. (June 2005)

Ray's Boathouse Restaurant, 6049 Seaview Ave. NW, Seattle, WA; 206/789-3770 or This 1945 icon of Seattle's Ballard neighborhood has a casual atmosphere and a something-for-everyone menu; practically in the water of Shilshole Bay. (March-April 2003)

Robin Hood Restaurant & Pub, E 6790 Hwy 106, Union, WA; 360/898-4400 or This funky-elegant establishment serves dinner Wednesday-Sunday. (November 2006)

Salty's Seafood Grill, 1936 Harbor Ave. SW, Alki Beach, Seattle, WA; 206/937-1600 or One of the area's most popular restaurants. It's known as much for its stunning waterfront views as its Manila clams and wild king salmon. (June 2005)

The Sanctuary Restaurant, 794 State Rt. 101, Chinook, WA; 360/777-8380 or Offers delicious local fare behind a weary church exterior; reservations recommended; seasonal hours. (January-February 2001)

The Shoalwater Restaurant, 45th & Pacific Hwy, Seaview, WA; 360/642-4142 or Located in the award-winning Shelburne Inn where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean, this acclaimed restaurant specializes in Northwest wines and cuisines. (January-February 2001)

SkyCity, at the Space Needle, Seattle, WA; 800/937-9582 or At 500 feet up, the dining room makes a 360-degree rotation every 47 minutes; stunning interior, a sophisticated menu, and polished service; all meals include a visit to the Space Needle's Observation Deck. (March-April 2003)

Sluys Bakery, 18924 Front St. NE, Poulsbo, WA; 360/779-2798. Tempting rows of buttery concoctions fill the window, where young Marcel Sluys busily bags pastries. (October 2005)

Sons of Norway Poulsbo Lodge, 18891 Front Street, Poulsbo, WA; 360/779-5209 or Wednesdays year-round, the Sons of Norway welcomes the public for an authentic Norwegian lunch. For $7, visitors can sample old favorites such as rullepolse (spiced meat-roll sandwiches) and lefse (potato pancakes). (October 2005)

Sound Food, 20312 Washon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA; 206/463-3565. Their marinated shrimp with polenta and ancho chili sauce is peerless. (2004)

Spud Fish 'n' Chips, 2666 Alki Ave. SW, Alki Beach, Seattle, WA; 206/938-0606. Fish-and-chips loyalists love the fried cod and halibut this dive has been serving since 1935. Tables upstairs come with the best views, and on clear days the Olympic mountain range seems to sprout from the water. (June 2005)

Stanwood Grill, 8628 271st St. NW, Camano Island, WA; 360/629-5253 or Pairs Northwest wine with local seafood. (October 2007)

Stray Dog Café, 178530 Vashon Hwy, Vashon, WA; 206/463-7833. Pop in during lunch for a hearty tuna and artichoke sandwich. (March 2004)

Union Bay Café & Dog Salmon Bar, 5121 E State Rt. 106, Union, WA; 360/898-2462. A neighborhood tavern just down State Highway 106 from Alderbrook that locals recommend for lunch; serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. (November 2006)

Wild Garlic, 114 Prospect St., Bellingham, WA; 360/671-1955. (November-December 2000)

Café Cups, 162 W Pioneer Ave., Homer, AK; 907/235-8330. (July-August 2007)

Coastal Cove Storage, on North Nordic Dr., Petersburg, AK; 907/772-4177. For fresh seafood, order a take-out lunch. (January-February 2004)

The Crow's Nest, at the Hotel Captain Cook, Fourth Avenue and K Street, Anchorage, AK; 907/276-6000 or Turns Alaskan staples into upscale feasts such as Kachemak Bay sockeye salmon with a wild mushroom ragout followed by warm chocolate soufflé cake. (July-August 2002)

Downtown Deli and Café, 525 W. Fourth Ave., Anchorage, AK; 907/276-7116. Experience some Alaskan flare: there's reindeer sausage, and the menu says the yeast starter for the sourdough pancakes dates to Grandma Elsie's 1939 batch. (July-August 2002)

Fat Freddie's, attached to the Nugget Inn, Nome, AK; 907/443-5899. (January-February 2005)

Fat Olives, 276 Ohlson Lane, Homer, AK; 907/235-8488. Trendy; wine-tasting. (July-August 2007)

Gold Dust Lounge, at the Nugget Inn, Nome, AK; 907/443-5101. (January-February 2005)

The Homestead Restaurant, Mile 8.2 East End Road, Homer, AK; 907/235-8723 or Come here for Kachemak Bay oysters. (July-August 2007)

Milano's Pizzeria, 2824 Front Street, Nome, AK; 907/443-2924. (January-February 2005)

Northern Delights, 245 Front Street, Nome, AK; 907/443-5200. (January-February 2005)

Northern Lights Restaurant, on 28 Singlee Alley, Petersburg, AK; 907/772-2900. Join locals for breakfast or dinner. (January-February 2004)

Pacific Catalyst II, Friday Harbor, Washington; 800/378-1708 or After a day spent cruising and sightseeing, the ultimate reward awaits onboard: standout seafood. A popular Catalyst dinner features Fresh Salmon Burgers on Lemon-scented Challah Buns with Sour Cream-Dill Sauce and Crisp Fried Onions. (May 2007)

The Ranting Raven, 224 4th Ave., Seward, AK; 907/224-2228. Begin your day here with pastries and fresh-roasted coffee. (June 2007)

The Saltry Restaurant, Halibut Cove, AK; 907/296-2223 or Stylishly hip, The Saltry's waterfront vista intoxicates, and the fresh fare arrives on artful pottery. (April 2006)

Simon & Seafort's, 420 L St., Anchorage, AK; 907/274-3502 or Popular restaurant on L Street, with a great view of Cook Inlet. (July-August 2002)

Yoly's Bistro, 220 Fourth Ave., Seward, AK; 907/224-3295 or Serves upscale fare in an unpretentious atmosphere. (June 2007)

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