For the final glimpse back at our summer vacation, I’ll share a few of our favorite places to chow down during breaks from good old-fashioned digging-holes-in-the-sand fun on the beach.
Devil’s Punchbowl at Otter Rock is one of my favorite spots. Not only are the views spectacular, the little cove beach buffered from the wind and uncrowded, but there’s a Mo’s seafood shack*, Flying Dutchman winery and ice cream truck all perched atop the bluff. Nothing says summer like a fried oyster sandwich and cup of clam chowder, chased down with a glass of pinot and huckleberry ice cream cone overlooking the Pacific. Bliss.
Also on the 101 en route from Lincoln City to Newport, Riptide BBQ pit serves some tasty brisket and pulled pork. And when you get to Newport, Rogue Ale‘s global headquarters is a must visit. Oh, there’s also a pretty cool aquarium down there, but we didn’t have time for that this trip. Pig ‘n Pancake is a local breakfast chain, with real, tasty food. As in, real Northwest berries and strawberry sauce that is strawberry red, not red dye #5 red …. and a kid’s menu that has actual kid-sized portions, plus small-portioned combos for adults. The Dungeness crab benedict is quite yummy.
*There’s are several Mo’s locations along the Coast. The one in Lincoln City is perched over the Siletz Bay and offers a pretty spectacular sunset view.