Seriously seafood. Yeah, we mean business! In this issue we’ve highlighted 30 restaurants that offer special delights along the coast. Of course, as Rob Spooner says in his introduction, we know we’ve missed a bunch of eateries that are equally as good as the ones we chose. But hey, that leaves us more restaurants for next time.
It was a tough job, visiting and eating at so many places, but we managed to get it done. Yum! And along the way, we had a few philosophical thoughts about seafood, such as this one from Rob:
There’s this theory that “you are what you eat,” which implies that you need to eat wholesome food if you want to turn out well. Crabs put the lie to that theory. They crawl around on the sand and gobble up whatever falls down on them. Yet they grow up to be wonderful dinners. As you linger over each succulent morsel, you can wonder why the term “crabby” is used as a criticism.
And we also couldn’t help thinking about the Walrus and the Carpenter as we feasted on the Coast’s delicious oysters. Coast residents and visitors are so lucky to have top-of-the-line local oysters that come from clean, safe waters … and so many wonderful chefs who come up with amazing ways to eat them.
“A loaf of bread” the Walrus said,
“Is what we chiefly need:
Pepper and vinegar besides
Are very good indeed—
Now if you’re ready, Oysters dear,
We can begin to feed.”
“But not on us,” the Oysters cried,
Turning a little blue.
“After such kindness, that would be
A dismal thing to do!”
“The night is fine,” the Walrus said.
“Do you admire the view?”
—Excerpted from Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll.
Also in this issue, you’ll find a collection of eight historical stories, perfect for wintertime reading. From Paul Pintarich’s sweet, funny story on family trips to the coast in the 1940s, to Elsie Moore’s fond memories of growing up in the Siltcoos Lake area near the company town of Booth, you’ll gain a new perspective on the coast then and now. And this time, we really did include Howard Sherwood’s story about finding a live mine on the beach at Cape Meares, which we promised in the last issue and then had to take out at the last minute.
A new column from Bonnie Henderson, “Take a Hike,” debuts this issue with a suggestion for a good winter hike at Eel Lake. Bonnie is the author of Day Hiking on the Oregon Coast and Best Hikes with Kids: Oregon, both published in 2007 by Mountaineers Books. And speaking of lakes, check out the story on Lakeside, a tiny town with big recreational opportunities. Enjoy!
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