When the chefs at The Bay House want some fresh italian parsley, french tarragon, or lemon thyme to season freshly caught halibut from Captain Mike Fitzpatrick or organic vegetables from nearby Barking Dog Farms, all they have to do is snip some from the herb garden outside. That dedication to fresh, local flavors elevates each dish, and it's also won the restaurant recognition from Oregon Coast Today and a bevvy of awards. To complement the seasonal dishes, which often feature seafood, duck, and beef, diners choose wine from a sprawling wine list that's about 70 pages long—the same length as War and Peace: Tiny Print Edition.
The Bay House's spacious windows let in views of Siletz Bay, which laps a rocky shore right outside the restaurant. In two formal dining rooms, servers whisk plates to white-draped tables and booths. The Bayside Lounge's plush dining chairs and leather couches gather around a rustic stone fireplace and tables topped with a single rose; the laid-back space sometimes hosts live blues artists and other musicians to serenade lounge-goers.
To Justin Doane, there are few things better than being out on the water and breathing in the coastal air. Having spent his youth shuttling between Oregon and Alaska on fishing trips with his father, he now has an in-depth understanding of local ecologies and where the best places are to seek steelhead and chinook, depending on the season. Today, he leads daylong trips out onto the Nestucca, Trask, Wilson, Nehalem, and Salmon Rivers, to name a few, and provides all the equipment necessary for amateur anglers to return home with impressive catches.
Bizznaga 303 Grill’s menu flaunts creative twists on classic American pub fare, including hand-formed gourmet burgers and hearty dinner plates. Like the archaeologists who unearthed King Tut’s walk-in refrigerator, lunchers who order the Charleston club sandwich can excavate crisp veggies and freshly sliced turkey, ham, and bacon ($7.95). Rivers of melted cheese erupt from the Volcano burger, bedecked in pineapple, jalapeño peppers, and bacon ($7.95), and grilled onions and chipotle ranch dressing crown the Southwest ranch burger ($7.95). Two sides, such as a baked potato and pepper slaw, accessorize hearty entrees such as citrus pepper salmon ($13.95) or parmesan-crusted pork chops ($10.95) without the stress of hand-knitting your own fork cozies.
Though Willamette Burger Company recently relocated to a more spacious spot a mile away from its original digs, the burger makers still take the same gourmet approach to classic American fare that won the Statesman Journal's Best Burger award in 2011. Each patty contains more than 6 ounces of locally raised, hormone-free beef, delivered on stallion by a handsome cowboy and ground on-site. Made-from-scratch buns, house-made sauces, and Oregonian cheeses top each specialty burger, sandwich, or Hill’s Meats hot dog. The eatery strives to further improve on classic American flavors by hand-forming each one of their tater tots and cooking their french fries twice for a crisp crunch. Visitors can slurp root-beer floats and ice-cream shakes or savor wine and beer from local imbiberies such as Ninkasi and Gilgamesh. Each tabletop in Willamette Burger Company’s new location comes topped with a paper tablecloth and stocked with crayons for scribbled drawings or colorful personal manifestos. The resulting works could earn a spot on the eatery’s hallowed walls next to priceless pieces like Still Life with Cheeseburger and Les Hamburgers d'Avignon.
What started as a refreshment stand during a 1924 Pioneer Day celebration has since grown into Arctic Circle, an eatery that transcends typical fast-food standards by building its menu items from high-quality ingredients. Black Angus patties support burgers stacked with mushrooms or bacon, and 100% Alaskan halibut keeps the fish sandwiches filler-free. Over more than 60 years of business, Arctic Circle has handcrafted original eats, such as a fry sauce blended from tomato and lemon, and the Brown Topper, an ice-cream cone dunked in chocolate and placed atop the heads of nearby gentlepersons. The dessert menu also includes milkshakes, whose creamy contents harvest flavor from real fruit or hunks of candy.
Dedicating themselves to the unique pleasures of a cup of freshly roasted, skillfully brewed joe, Broadway Coffeehouse's baristas stay local, using beans from renowned Portland roaster Stumptown Coffee and stacking the display case with pastries from Salem's Great Harvest Bread Co.
The Oregonian aromas of the specialty brews and warm desserts fill the spacious café, whose expansive windows and crackling fireplace bathe the cushy couches and armchairs in natural light. A second-floor skyway overlooks the main seating area, and youngsters frolic in a family area while older people talk business in private conference rooms. In the warmer months, guests sit outdoors under the shade of patio umbrellas, safe from the sun's periodic spills of scalding-hot coffee.