I spent this weekend in Cannon Beach with my extended family, and we had some pretty good eats
Friday night we ate at the Warren House pub, which is just across from Tolovana Beach (a bit south of central Cannon Beach). It’s run by the same people as one of our favorite Cannon Beach hangouts, Bill’s Tavern. The food was very good. I had some really nice pork ribs, which were well cooked and very tasty. The biggest hit was the salads that came with our dinners, which were possibly the best side salads I’ve ever had in a restaurant. An amazing assortment of greens, onions, tomato, kalamata olives, and sunflower seeds. Yumm. Their beer is also really good (brewed at Bill’s). Their holiday beer, “Auld Nutcracker” was really nice this year. I’m also a big fan of their “Ragsdale Porter” which is a smoked porter after the fashion of the one from Alaskan Brewing.
Lunch on Saturday saw us at Bill’s, where my son’s very favorite meal in all the world lives. He always gets a bowl of their most excellent clam chowder (some of the best I’ve had) followed by a shrimp sandwich, which is a toasted sandwich piled high with bay shrimp and melted Tillamook cheese. I usually go for the fish and chips there, but this time I decided to try the tuna sandwich. It was very nice, with a hint (but no too much) of curry powder in the tuna, which worked nicely. Chased with their Golden Rye beer. Mmmmmm.
Dinner was at Clark’s, which is a new-ish place at the north end of Cannon Beach. Pretty log building that features a really nice bar, some pool tables, and a big stone fireplace, which was unfortunately not lit. We got an order of onion rings, and Vikki declared them to be “possibly the best she ever had” which is high praise as she’s quite the afficianado. I had an impressively large chicken fried steak (I have a terrible weakness) and it was great. Mine is better, but not by much. Perfectly crunchy on the outside, quite tender inside, plenty of nicely salty gravy. Heaven from the frier. And it came with some really nice steamed zucchini, which was done perfectly. Not the least bit squishy.
For breakfast yesterday morning we hit Pig-n-Pancake, which is pretty much an Oregon staple, right up there with Elmer’s. Not amazing, but good solid diner food. The buckwheat pancakes where pretty good.
All in all, some pretty great food. And the weather was pretty decent to boot.