A quick trip to the Oregon Coast when the Willamette Valley heated up was the perfect destination. However, I thought it would be cancelled when I received an email from our friends. The subject line said Tidal Raves and I read it to be Tidal Waves. I thought “NOOOO” it can’t be that we have to cancel this trip because of tidal waves. What happened overnight that I missed? I know that the Oregon Coast is subject to Tsunamis but didn’t think there was any immediate danger now.
After I calmed down, I reread the email which was describing a restaurant in Depoe Bay, Oregon named Tidal Raves. Whew, the danger was over, and bonus, there is good food on the horizon!! So off we went for a few days of west coast adventure.
First, the views of the ocean were breathtaking, and the cool weather was welcomed in the heat of summer. Second, it was all about the food, of course, so I’m all in for this experience.
Day one landed us at Local Ocean Seafood in Newport. I chose the Rockfish Italiano which consisted of Panko-crusted rockfish, salami, pepperoni, pepperoncinis, mozzarella, red pepper coulis on a hoagie roll. Oh so good!
The next day we lunched at Mo’s Seafood for a quick bowl of clam chowder after a successful whale watching trip. Mo’s is famous for its clam chowder and it didn’t disappoint.
A drink at the hotel bar before we left for dinner. It was a margarita, but you’d never know it by the looks of it. And whatever liquor and ingredients was in it was too sweet for me. Drinking it reminded me of, well, let’s just say they should have left out the blue color.
And we dined that night at Tidal Raves, finally. This restaurant has an interesting history. It used to be a gas station that was converted to a restaurant back in the 60’s.
I had the special (see board below). It WAS special, very tasty! Be prepared to spend a few dollars for your meal, but worth it in my opinion.
A little wine to go with dinner. I like the way they cradle the cork in the napkin.
Here’s my halibut dinner – shared it with a dinner mate so this is a half portion and still plentiful!
On the way home we stopped at the Sea Hag for breakfast. My breakfast was one of Gracie’s Sea Hag Eggs Benedict specialities. It was so good I forgot to take a photo until the last bite. It was delicious! Of course their famous Bloody Mary that I drank while waiting for breakfast might have had an influence on my opinion (which was great in itself!).
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Setting sun from our room. Trip was successful, heat avoided, food amazing!