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Castaway’s Seafood Grille reaming of a vacation? Like to kick back and watch tourists stroll by? Looking for an escape from the ordinary? Want to eat local fresh seafood? You are welcome to do all that and escape the ordinary at Castaways Seafood Grille, in the heart of downtown Long Beach. Stepping through the door, one is greeted with the beach vacation at its best.The environment is casual, colorful and fun.Whether you want to sit by a picture window and watch the street scene, reserve the Mermaid Room for your group, follow a sporting event on television during Happy Hour or simply want to eat great food, Castaways is waiting for you. With its cheery décor, Castaways’ prides itself on providing all the essential items a seafood grille should be known for. In addition to winning praise from Seattle Post Intelligencer for ‘Best Clam Chowder on the Strip,’ Castaways’ chefs turn out Oyster Stew rich in fresh, local Willapa Bay oysters, prawn and seafood combos, calamari and more, as well as offering up a variety of land-lover menu options. Monday through Friday. the full-service bar has a new 3-6 PM Happy Hour menu with $1.99-$3.99 appetizers and $1-off drinks for you to enjoy while keeping an eye on the street. Then, in three steps, move over to the restaurant with its bright décor and the whole family can order from both the regular and the extensive kids menu. If you’re on the north end of the Long Beach Peninsula, be sure to stop in to Luigi’s Italian Grille & Oyster Bar and check out the ocean view from the lounge – another restaurant owned by Chris Summerer and Russell Maize. UB
Castaway’s Seafood Grille 208 Pacific Ave S, Long Beach, WA 360.642.4745 CastawaysSeafoodGrille.com
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Benson’s By The Beach
honda and Eric Benson have all the comforts of home – in their Long Beach restaurant, where son, Austin, and daughter-in-law, Jamie, share their love of food. Since moving to the Peninsula from Longview, where Rhonda worked for many years at the Pancake House, the couple have been creating outstanding breakfasts and lunches. Having Austin and Jamie working with them adds an extra-delicious dimension to the workday, Rhonda says. “We love having our family so close to us,” she adds. “And that family feeling gets extended to our customers too!”
Breakfast is served all day, with a menu designed for all appetites.“We want our customers to be happy, so we offer something for everybody,” explains Rhonda, as she points out the six different kinds of Eggs Benedict available.
“Our French toast portions are gy-normous,” she adds. Rhonda thinks her husband’s secret recipe is the key to the popularity of this dish - a favorite for both locals and visitors who return often to enjoy this treat. Luncheon fare features many seafood staples, including tempura-dipped Halibut, hand-breaded Razor Clams and a traditional Hangtown Fry. Chicken-Fried Steak is served with the steam still rising from its good old country gravy. A large list of sandwiches, burgers and salads offers even more choices. UB
Benson’s by the Beach 504 Pacific Avenue S, Long Beach, WA 360.642.3300
Culinary Adventures all rain brings delectable dishes to the Long Beach Peninsula. While foggy nights and fall rain might put a damper on some coastal destinations, the Long Beach Peninsula counts the wet season as a blessing. “Come October, we welcome rainy, coastal mist,” remarked Andi Day, Executive Director, Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau.“With it comes an abundance and huge variety of wild mushrooms for our chefs and our plates.” As King Boletes (the prized porcini) show up on lawns and Golden Chanterelles push up fir needle-laden forest floors, chefs get creative with inspired savory, satisfying and belly-warming dishes.
Participating establishments include Pelicano Restaurant, the Shelburne Restaurant & Pub, The Depot Restaurant, Pickled Fish, Tuscany Café, 42nd Street Café, Great Day Café, and Jimella & Nanci’s Market Café. For added immersion, check out the Wild Mushroom Celebration package offered by Boreas Bed & Breakfast Inn. This all-inclusive package includes a two-night stay, two lavish Boreas breakfasts and a five-course dinner at Pelicano Restaurant. Boreas will also offer a wild mushroom discussion, open to the public, on October 21. For details on any or all the Wild Mushroom Celebration events as well as destination information, visitors can call the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau at 800.451.2542 or visit funbeach.com and wildmushroomfestival.com.
Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau 3914 Pacific Way, Seaview, WA 800.451.2542 funbeach.com
Cranberry Museum and Gift Shop
Open Daily 10 am to 5 pm April through December Enjoy a self -guided tour through the Demonstration Farm during daylight hours! See Cranberry Harvest activities the second weekend in October
2907 Pioneer Rd. Long Beach, WA
Visitors can reserve spots for cooking classes, winemaker’s dinners, mushroom and brewery dinners, overnight stays, and more. Or they can enjoy the bountiful offerings by browsing the specials menu and selecting the mushroom “pick of the day.”
Featuring Cranberry Wine and Jam
Wild mushrooms are so plentiful in the fall that Long Beach Peninsula chefs have organized an annual Wild Mushroom Celebration. This month-and-a-half-long event, Oct. 1 through Nov. 15, showcases both the wide variety of edible, foraged fungi, as well as the extraordinary talent of the chefs that bring them from forest, grasslands and dunes to table.
The Locals’ favorite lunch house and public golf year Round
The Cove Restaurant Peninsula Golf Course njoy a great view of the golf course while as you devour a delicious meal at The Cove Restaurant. We feature home made soups, salads, specialty sandwhiches, seafood, burgers, reubens and great local beer and wine. Imagine a place where you can see bald eagles, egrets and blue herons flying above the sea pines and old growth firs… A quiet place where deer pass in front of you as if you weren’t there… A place that welcomes you with a friendly smile and a wish for your best game ever… That place is Peninsula Golf Course in Long Beach Washington. We offer 9 holes of challenging golf set on 55 beautiful, pristine acres just one mile north of downtown Long Beach. Head Professional Jim Eaton is on-site for single or group lessons. We also offer tournament packages and will assist you in planning a great event! Our new clubhouse is located just one mile north of the light in Long Beach Washington. We promise you won’t be dissapointed! Make a day of it and play golf too! Open year round! Dog Friendly and Family friendly!
The Cove Restaurant and Peninsula Golf Course 9604 Pacific Way, Long Beach, WA peninsulagolfcourse.com 360.642.2828
A Local Treasure The Lightship Restaurant & Columbia Bar
ocated in Long Beach, Washington for more than twenty years is The Lightship Restaurant and Columbia Bar. A local treasure and popular tourist destination these past two decades,The restaurant moved 24 blocks north, and now has successfully completed a summer season. CoastFood sat down with owner/operator Karl Hintz to find out what the future holds for the Lightship. CF: I heard you had relocated - how has it been? KH: It truly feels like we haven’t missed a beat! Our friends on the peninsula have been very supportive, and we enjoyed a busy summer season, so we are excited to create a new history here. People are happy to find our same staff, the same menu, even familiar furnishings when they visit us. In fact, our slogan has become “ everything you love about The Lightship is the same, except the view out the window”. CF: What are your menu plans for this fall and winter?
KH:The most requested item for us has always been crab, so we have added it to our menu across the board.We now offer Crab Eggs Benedict, Crabcake Caesar salad, a Crabcake dinner entrée, and Salmon Oscar, to name a few.Also, now that October is upon us, our winter weekday specials are back.We like to honor local residents and thank them for putting up with the crazy summer season by offering great value during the winter months, so Tuesday night is half-off the any Italian entrée,Wednesday is All-You-Can-Eat Fish & Chips, and Thursday is Steak and BBQ Rib night. The new location also includes a private banquet/ meeting room that can easily accommodate up to 60 guests. Visit The Lightship Restaurant soon.
Lightship Restaurant & Columbia Bar 300 North 14th Street Long Beach, WA 360.642.3252 LongBeachLightship.com
Celebrating the Continental The Depot Restaurant
alking into the Depot Restaurant is like entering a European café, equipped with its gleaming mahogany bar on which red lampshades cast a soft, welcoming light and where the sound of voices raised in soft laughter greets the visitor.This local hangout, with its neighborly atmosphere, is a charming hideaway located in one of the Peninsula’s original train depots.
An international cornucopia of dishes graces the menus, with an emphasis on the bistro foods of Italy and France. Classically trained, Chef Michael Lalewicz enjoys combining a variety of flavors with European, South American and Asian accents. His Cinghiale Brasato (braised wild Boar and house-made potato gnocchi in a ragout of tomatoes and red wine) is a menu favorite, while Clams Bucatini incorporates local Willapa Bay steamers and Pacific Ocean razor clams into a white wine, garlic-infused sauce with the noodles Lalewicz imports from Italy because the hollow rods soak up sauces brilliantly. For those seeking a taste of Spain, Lalewicz offers Fig-glazed Quail Marsala as well as Artichoke Frito - fried flowerets served with Almond Romesco sauce and olives. Locals and visitors alike clamor for the Steak Provence - a French-inspired, chargrilled Filet Mignon topped with truffle-scented garlic butter. The Moroccan Osso Buco gives homage to traditional North African fare, the braised lamb shank nestled in a curry saffron broth accented with curried Israeli Couscous, pine Scallops are complemented by seasonal specials using the nuts and golden raisins. Thai Calamari and Peruvian Sea catch of the day - local salmon, halibut, cod and Dungeness Crab, sturgeon and more. Lalewicz and Nancy Gorshe, co-owner of the restaurant and the chef’s wife, have sought out a well-rounded selection of international and regional wines to complement the international dishes; they also offer ice-cold microbrews for those wishing to pair a beverage with their meal. All desserts are created by the chef daily and, for the diner who wishes simply to enjoy an aperitif and a sweet accent, the choices are always tempting. UB
The Depot Restaurant 1208 38th Place, Seaview, WA 360.642.7880 DepotRestaurantDining.com
Fresh & Local
Shelburne Restaurant & Pub
avid Campiche, co-owner of the historic Shelburne Inn, Restaurant & Pub with wife and partner, Laurie Anderson, along with their talented chef Beau Dylan Hogge, repeats the Restaurant’s motto, “Fresh and Close to Home.” It isn’t just a nice turn of phrase for the Innkeepers. Sustainability is the reason they get up early mornings during the Fall and forage for mushrooms, and the reason Laurie bakes all of the Restaurant’s breads and desserts, using her grandmother’s recipes and local fruit and berries. It’s the reason for the seasonal seafood dishes on the menu, which showcase the bounty of wild salmon, fresh-caught halibut, oysters from Willapa Bay, and many other delicacies from forest and local waters.
A carefully-cultivated wine cellar, which holds 250-plus bottles, offers the opportunity for diners to enjoy regional and international wines with their meals, to experience an adventure into the sublime. David and Laurie nurture a goal “to bring people back to the simple pleasures, to offer a respite from the fasttrack.” Beau dotes on a classical approach to his cuisine. Those philosophies are reflected in the furnishings in the quiet, 116-year-old Inn, as well as in the graceful dishes which color the menu. Guests who have enjoyed the night in one of the Inn’s lovely, comfortable rooms, get a head start on the day with
David’s famous ‘Innkeeper’s Breakfast.’ Here, the Innkeeper’s love of the local bounty is expressed in sumptuous smoked salmon omelettes, frittatas and egg dishes enhanced with homegrown herbs and wild mushrooms, watercress and wild celery from nearby streams.The Shelburne has offered friendliness and fine cuisine since its inception in 1896 and plans to continue the tradition. “We offer only the most heartfelt of tidings,” adds David. Shelburne Inn, Restaurant & Pub 4415 Pacific Way, Seaview, WA 360.642.4150 theshelburnerestaurant.com
by Sebastian Carosi
Pickled Fish Restaurant + Bar
ith a four story view over the Pacific Ocean, Pickled Fish Restaurant + Bar offers an array of small plates and a long list of modern, fresh squeezed juice cocktails with a strong emphasis on spirits and wines produced in our region. “Pure Northwest” is Chef Sebastian Carosi’s culinary and gastronomic focus at Pickled Fish. We will provide the best of what our region and state has to offer with creative, healthy and delicious results. To that end, our mission is simple. We believe that the food we grow, procure from the local community fishermen and farmers and cook in the place that we call home defines who we are. In this spirit we will: • Celebrate progressive Pacific Northwest Regional Cuisine. • Revive heritage American food-ways, traditions and recipes. • Support local farmers, foragers, cheesemakers, distilleries, breweries, winemakers and ranchers. • Cook food that recaptures the simple and pure taste found in locally grown and sustainably harvested regional ingredients. • And we always strive to raise awareness of a sustainable local food system for the future of our children.
Our goal at Pickled Fish, a local-foods driven restaurant, is to promote a community gathering place that brings us all together with food, fun and most importantly family, offering a complete cultural experience. Our little slice of coastal Washington is a beautiful and exciting place to live, work and play. We are proud and happy to be part of the ‘peninsula neighborhood’ here in Pacific County and more importantly the food and hospitality community. We are all neighbors, whether you are coming into town from anywhere in the country, come by Pickled Fish and grab a bite of real homegrown culinary experience. Chef Sebastian Carosi, Pastry Chef Heather Carosi and Sous Chef Jake Way welcome you to their table!
Pickled Fish Restaurant + Bar located inside the Adrift Hotel + Spa Open 7days a week from 3pm-11pm(ish) Happy Hour - 3pm-5pm & 9pm-11pm daily 409 Sid Snyder Drive, Long Beach, WA 360.642.2344 pickledfishrestaurant.com