stop for Mexican mariscos in Woodburn is mandatory; our favorites are
Nuevo Aranda’s
(450 N 1st St.)
Mariscos El Zarandeado
(1032 N Pacific Highway)

In Silverton, treat yourself to house-cured salami and goat cheese cavatelli at

Silver Grille
(206 E Main St.)

. In Salem,

La Capitale
(508 State St.)

has good smoked trout salad and onion soup, and former Fleur de Sel owner Bernard Malherbe is back in the game at

Crooked House Bistro
(1142 Edgewater St.)

. In Albany, Matt Bennett serves really excellent Northwest standards without fuss at

(422 1st Ave. W)

. In Corvallis, check out brand-new

Sada Sushi & Izakaya
(151 NW Monroe Ave.)

, nuevo Latino joint

Del Alma
(136 SW Washington St.)


(603 NW 2nd St.)

, a new tavern from a supergroup of local restaurant vets. If you're up for a detour to Philomath,

Gathering Together Farm
(25159 Grange Hall Road)

serves wonderful Northwest fare, much of it harvested mere hours before landing on your plate. Call in advance; hours vary. Our friends in Eugene recommend

(291 E 5th Ave.)

, a rustic European place from chef Brendan Mahaney, the longstanding French-centric

(296 E 5th Ave.)

, earnestly traditional

Osteria Sfizio
(105 Oakway Center)

and, best of all, the

Rabbit Bistro and Bar (2864 Willamette St., No. 300)

, which nails French fare by way of the farmers market. McMinnville chef Eric Bechard has brawled in defense of local meat, an ethos reflected at his restaurant,

(228 NE Evans St.)

, and college-themed bar,

Oak & Ivy
(326 NE Davis St.)


In Dundee,

Farm to Fork
(1410 N Highway 99W)

is a self-descriptive place known for fresh, simple flavors. Local standby

(760 Highway 99W)

is still very good. In Newberg, try the

Painted Lady
(201 S College St.)

for beautifully presented, if slightly dated, Northwest fare. In Carlton, your best bets are cheese and small plates at the

Horse Radish
(211 W Main St.)



Drina Daisy
(915 Commercial St.)
serves authentic Bosnian fare heavy on phyllo and lamb.
The Bowpicker
(17th and Duane streets)
, a retired fishing boat refitted with a deep-fryer, has the coast’s best tuna fish and chips.
Fort George Brewery
(1483 Duane St.)
makes some excellent beer and sausages.
Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro
(243 11th St.)
is the place to go for salads and comfort food.
Blue Scorcher Bakery & Cafe
(1493 Duane St.)
serves a good, vegan-friendly breakfast.


The northern stretch of 101 is hard on foodies, but in a search for provisions,
Seaside’s Bell Buoy
(1800 S Roosevelt Drive)
can always be counted on

for smoked and fried critters from the deep, as can

Ecola Seafoods


Cannon Beach
(208 N Spruce St.)

. Seaside's only dinner destination is very '90s but still tasty

Yummy Wine Bar
(831 Broadway)



The best meal to be found in Manzanita is a steamed crab and a bottle of viognier on the deck at

Great Northern Garlic Company
(Laneda Avenue and U.S. 101)

. For dinner, a shot and a beer with a burger at the

San Dune Pub
(127 Laneda Ave.)

will do just fine. Fifteen minutes south is the fine-dining star of the north coast, the somewhat expensive but very good

Nehalem River Inn
(34910 Oregon 53)

. A great lunch stop in Bay City is the

Pacific Oyster Company
(5150 Oyster Drive)

, where the signature dish is heralded by roadside middens of shells. Don't order anything but oysters or clams.

Blackfish Cafe
(2733 NW U.S. 101)

has the best dinner anywhere near Lincoln City, with classic fish and pasta. In Newport, you can't go wrong with the fishy fare at

Local Ocean Seafoods
(213 SE Bay Blvd.)

or Frenchy breakfast at

La Maison
(315 SW 9th St.)

. Our favorite in Florence is the cheap, Spanish-inspired

Waterfront Depot
(1252 Bay St.)

. We hear from reliable sources that

Alloro Wine Bar
(375 SE 2nd St.)

in Bandon is pretty good.


Jen’s Garden (403 E Hood Ave.)

has been making waves in Sisters with exquisitely plated, French-influenced fare. In Bend, check out the homey seasonal fare at

Jackson’s Corner
(845 NW Delaware Ave.)

, the

prix fixe

Florentine dinners at

Trattoria Sbandati
(1444 NW College Way)

, the steaks at the

(211 NW Greenwood Ave.)

, the Middle Eastern nosh at

(916 NW Wall St.)

and the pastry delights of the

Sparrow Bakery
(50 SE Scott St., No. 22).


Grants Pass is home to one of Oregon’s pioneers in farm-to-table dining,
Summer Jo’s
(2315 Upper River Road Loop)
, which is actually on an organic farm. In Ashland, the revamped
(50 E Main St.)
does updated takes on dated French fare,
Liquid Assets
(96 N Main St.)
is the best place to explore the Rogue Valley’s growing wine bounty, and
Taj Indian Cuisine
(31 Water St.)
is a refreshing antidote to the city’s alfalfa-sprout fixation.


I like
(16 Oak St.)
, where chef Ben Stenn makes the pasta and a great veggie burger at lunch, but
always go for the perfect coal-oven pizza and fresh brews at the
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
(8 4th St.)
. Down I-84 in The Dalles,
Baldwin Saloon
(205 Court St.)
offers good burgers in a 135-year-old edifice. In Pendleton, grab a sandwich at the new
Prodigal Son Brewery
(230 SE Court Ave.)


Grab a pie at
360 Pizzeria
(3425 SE 192nd Ave.)

Higgins-esque Northwest cuisine at

(19215 SE 34th St.)
. The side-by-side restaurants are owned by Brad Root, a chef with

a knack for the whole farm-to-table thing. or

Downtown, hit up La Bottega (1905 Main St.) for good beef brochette. And don’t miss the shrimp aguachile or ceviche tostada at Morelia Mexican Grill (5930 E Fourth Plain Blvd.).