Astoria, Oregon is well-known because of the classic movie The Goonies, filmed there in the mid 80’s. While that is great history, Astoria is so much more than that! It is quickly becoming a new foodie destination with seriously fresh seafood and epic views. I’m happy to share with you my Astoria Dining Guide and Recommendations!
I love farmer’s markets! Absolutely LOVE them! If I catch a glimpse of one I can’t resist stopping. I could spend all day just checking out every shiny tomato, fuzzy peach and colorful dahlia. The Astoria Sunday Market is no exception. It currently operates on Sunday’s from 10am – 3pm until October 11, 2020. If you are in the area and it’s open make sure to add it to your schedule!
I refuse to come to Astoria and not visit the South Bay Wild Fish House! This is definitely #1 for my Astoria Dining Guide. Bonus – They offer outdoor seating for stuffing your face with delectable seafood while the salty air revitalizes you.
First, the chowder… I’m happy to report that they have the best clam chowder that I have ever tasted! It’s silky and full of body without being heavy and the flavors come together perfectly. I think I could eat it every day and not get tired of it. (I always order a large bowl so I have leftovers which is why there is still some in the entree photo. It in no way indicates my unwillingness to gobble it down.)
Their fish/shrimp and chips came out next, and as usual, they were out of this world. The batter is crispy without being greasy and flavorful without masking the taste of the fresh seafood. I have also heard that their Seafood Fry Bread is top knotch, but have yet to try it. We each enjoyed a Buoy beer to complement the meal as it is a locally brewed favorite…and it was next on the list…
Buoy Beer happens to be a go to of ours because of their outstanding beer and food – it’s location elevates it to a top choice! This brewery on the pier has recently expanded to offer copious amounts of outdoor seating and safely distanced beer drinking. (It’s also in the same parking lot as our favorite rental location – more later – so it’s usually right out our front door.)
On this trip we stayed outside and didn’t order food, but we have in the past and it’s always been great. They offer a large menu that compliments their beer selection nicely. They offer fun samplers if you can’t decide which beer to choose or if you just want to try out all they have to offer.
Since the weather was perfect on this visit, we did enjoy a beer in their new outdoor space. We also managed to catch these furry friends helping the other out by lending a seat. Now that’s true friendship! 🙂
A new find on this trip was the Pickled Fish in Long Beach, Washington. Long Beach is a quick, scenic drive from Astoria that takes you over the longest continuous truss bridge in North America. It’s located on the top floor of the Adrift Hotel which offers a clear view of the beach; most of the tables are configured to allow you to gaze at the ocean while you eat. Their brunch menu isn’t huge, but is well curated with plenty of options for everyone. We started with Bloody Mary’s while we waited for our meal and watched the beach-goers. When they brought out the Slow Roasted Pork Scramble and the recommended Dungeness Crab Benedict with Old Bay Hollandaise we dug in. Both dishes were bursting with flavor – I can’t wait to come back and try their lunch/dinner menu!
After you finish your meal there is a great beach to visit with your furry (and not so furry) friends! Below is my favorite fur-friend, Jax, showing us how to properly enjoying the ocean. In his opinion, no trip is complete without wet toes and a face-full of sand.
Fisher Bros. Flats have become our preferred rentals when we are in Astoria. As I mentioned before, they are located next to Buoy Beer which makes beer tasting a breeze. This is great as it means you are right on the pier and within walking distance of all Astoria has to offer. (The need for a designated driver becomes unnecessary!) Additionally each rental features a small balcony so you can enjoy the view of the bridge.
Fisher Bros. Flats are always sparkling clean (they are following current COVID cleaning protocols) and well stocked with a selection of room types. The kitchens have gas ranges and ample work space making them a dream if you want to make a meal while you are there. I chose to cook a decadent dinner in on one of our evenings that consisting of a number of our favorite foods.
We started dinner with a fresh garden tomato salad with homemade herbed ricotta. For the entree, I made my version of Beef Stroganoff which is comprised of dry aged rib eye with a horseradish rub and homemade spaetzle with a mushroom, sour cream sauce. On the side, I served pan fried brussel sprouts and homemade bread with wild ramp infused butter. We finished off the evening with a dark chocolate mousse topped with cinnamon chantilly cream. (Recipes to follow later!)
If you are planning to stay in and cook while traveling and your space has a kitchen don’t be afraid of creating something fun while you are there. I typically prep and pre-cook as much of my meal as possible before I leave home so I won’t get caught needing something I don’t have. Prepping ahead frees up your time to focus on cooking; making it feel like less of a chore. Do bring any spices you may need in case your rental is lacking.
Due to COVID we weren’t able to frequent all of our favorite spots during this visit, but below is a list of additional recommendations.
Bridgewater Bistro – Cute spot right on the water near the bridge
Fort George Brewery + Public House – Great beer and bar food and often has live music upstairs
T Paul’s Supper Club – Fabulous appetizers and cocktails
Blue Scorcher Bakery + Cafe – Cute bakery and cafe for baked goods
Please check links and call to confirm current hours of operation and location of above recommended businesses. Due to COVID hours and days of operation may have changed. Please wear a mask and stay socially distanced when not actively dining to help prevent the spread. Wash hands frequently if traveling!