Restaurant Raves

My husband and I love to dine out and try different restaurants.  I am a bit of a foodie myself and get inspired to create fancy dinners for my family.  That's my excuse for going out to eat and I have a hubby that loves to support my quest for delicious culinary tastes.  Would you believe my kids love the dining experience too!  I am proud to say that I don't have picky eaters.  We have been bringing our kids out to eat everywhere since they were babies, from fancy places to little dives, they have tried a variety of dishes.  In my opinion, it's all about exposure...if you start them young, then they will learn to appreciate a nice meal with friends and family.

While I love to cook and try different restaurants, I also want to share with my guests my personal reviews of restaurants I have visited.  I hope this may serve helpful for you when planning your dinner excursions during you stay with at our homes.

988 Hemlock Street, Cannon Beach, Oregon  (503) 436.1151
Hours:  5:30 to 9:00 p.m.July 1 – Oct 15 : Open Daily
Oct 16 – June 30 : Open Tues – Sun

Reservations Recommended

Newmans serves classic French Italian cuisine.  It is our favorite place on the coast.  Real quality dishes that rival to trendy downtown Portland restaurants.  Our whole family loves this place and often would be asked by my kids to go there.  We have sampled many of their dishes and everything is top notch.  You wouldn't know it by the exterior 'little yellow cottage' appearance, but this is actually cozy fine dining!  A great place to celebrate special occasions or a romantic dinner with your sweetie.  Cozy seating and not many tables so you will need to make a reservation in advance.  Newmans offer a variety of options from sea scallops, crab cakes to foir gras pasta appetizers and delicious fresh fish, duck, lamb and more.  They also offer a chef's prix fixe menu where you can sample a variety of dishes (haven't try that option myself but real fun to have the chef pick my meal for me).  Portion size are just right so you won't feel guilty afterwards and would have enough space for some of their wonderful dessert options.  I highly recommend this place if you are visiting Oregon's Northern Coast.  A must try!  Not entirely kid friendly.  I would recommend this place for date night and ok for well behaved kids.



The Fish Peddler in Bay City
5150 Oyster Dr
Bay City, OR 97107  (503) 377-2323
Serves lunch and dinner, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

I vote the Fish Peddler has the best clam chowder on the coast!  Some folks might like Mo's chowder but to me, the Fish Peddler has it right.  I make a pretty darn good chowder myself but if I were to order one out, I would definitely choose Fish Peddler's hands down.  They give a generous portion served either in a regular or sour dough bread bowl.  My kids love the chowder.  Their razer clams are great too.  Again good portion size served with fries and coleslaw.  I haven't tried their oysters but then I'm not really a fan.  I have tried their steamer clams and they are yummy too.  I guess I am more a clam gal than oysters.  This place is a market and restaurant, so after you had your fill of seafood, you can order some to take home.  I hear they have 'all you can eat' Wednesday nights but haven't hit the place on the right date so wouldn't be able to tell you if that was a good deal or not.  If you want a quick bit at a reasonable price, stop by at the Fish Peddler in Bay City.



Fat Dog Pizza  Fat Dog Pizza Tillamook
1914 2nd St  Tillamook, OR 97141
(503) 354-2283, Hours Mon-Sun 11:30am-8pm

This place is a real secret!  It is in downtown Tillamook, a real small place but boy do they have great pizzas.  They make their dough fresh daily with fresh ingredients.  What you will find here is generous portions at a great price.  My family and I went there for lunch one afternoon and tried their pesto chicken pizza along with a house salad.  The pizza was awesome and even my husband who hates pesto loved it.  Salad wasn't much but the pizza was really the star and we were all pretty happy with the place.  They offer self-serve water and a few tables so best to order ahead for pick up or get there during an off hour for a table.  Totally reminded me of college days when a good meal would have been yummy pizza at rock bottom price.  We will definitely be back.  There really isn't a lot of good options around the coast and our family was absolutely thrilled with this new find in Tillamook.

Wanda's Cafe & Bakery
12870 H St  Nehalem, OR 97131  (503) 368-8100
Open from 8am - 2pm
Closed on Wednesdays

Perfect place for a nice breakfast on the coast.  They do not take reservations so plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time for a wait.  Lots of people like this place and it is most popular on the weekends.  From Hakuna Matata, it is about a 15 minute drive north on highway 101.  They do not have take-out options either.  This place has a unique charm.  Colorfully decorated with a splash of 50's decor.  My kids were intrigued with all the retro plates on the walls, the old 'TV' set turned into fish tank and many other charming details around.  It's a fun little place for families and friends.  We all enjoyed our breakfast items and they have many to choose from.  We didn't have room for their tastey bake goods and was very tempted to try them.  There is also a cute outdoor area for extra seating.  We will have to give it a try the next time we head to the coast.