Good Eats in Astoria
Welcome to the Travel Oregon staff’s monthly “Good Eats” blog! This month, we’re exploring the dining scene of Astoria, located on the Oregon Coast. Astoria has so many great sites to see, including the Astoria column, Flavel House and Columbia Maritime Museum, you are bound to work up an appetite!
My mother, sister and I recently visited Astoria, and had the opportunity to dine at a number of restaurants in Astoria- all of which received rave reviews in our book!
Check out a few of our staff’s favorite Astoria restaurants:
Baked Alaska began as a mobile soup kitchen in the state of Alaska, before moving to its current location in Astoria. The restaurant is set very close to downtown, with a fantastic view of the Columbia River. My sister and I both tried their pan seared free-range chicken breast, which was tossed with sweet onions, vine ripened tomatoes and chiffonade basil, placed over fresh spinach penne pasta. It was very tasty- it was enough for a dinner meal, as well as lunch the next day. My mother had the ten ounce all-natural New York steak, with baby red mashed potatoes and vegetables, which I would also recommend.
My mother had the Halibut fish and chips during our visit, which were fried golden brown, and served with seasoned French fries. Even though I’m not a huge fan of seafood, I thought these fish and chips were delicious.
Clemente’s also has excellent salad and cheese bread for a light lunch, or for non-seafood lovers. In addition to providing us with an excellent lunch, the chef greeted us at our table, which made our experience much more personal. While at Clemente’s, you may also stock up on fresh seafood for dinner (there is a wide variety of seafood for sale).
T. Paul’s Urban Café
T.Paul’s has a very edgy, modern feeling to it, which I loved. The restaurant is decked out in brightly colored lamps and vases, which makes the atmosphere very welcoming and cozy. They have delicious lunch items- I had a turkey sandwich with pesto, and a minestrone soup- perfect for warming up on a rainy day! They also have the best peach tea I have ever tasted, and huge, warm chocolate chip cookies.
Silver Salmon Grille
The Silver Salmon Grill has a very authentic Oregon theme, as the decor is covered in Salmon throughout the restaurant. While we visited the grille for lunch, I would love to go back for dinner or an evening cocktail. If you’re looking for a hearty meal to fill you up before you explore the town, I would recommend the Astorian burger (1/3 pound ground steak topped with Tillamook cheddar cheese on a kaiser roll with tomato, lettuce, onion, pickle and our homemade sauce). A great way to experience an authentically Oregon meal!
Fulio’s Pastaria & Steakhouse
Fulio’s pasta with red sauce and sausage is an excellent choice for dinner. The sausage had a very different flavor, almost as if it had been barbequed. It was refreshing to see a twist on this traditional dish. The pasta with meat sauce was spicy, but excellent as well. My sister had the fettucine alfredo with chicken, which was a tasty version of a classic recipe. The wait staff was also incredibly attentive. The friendly staff combined with the warm-colored ambiance made our experience very enjoyable.
For more information on Oregon Coast restaurants, please visit our Places to Dine section.