Our Coast Magazine 2018:OC18
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MacGregor’s Whiskey Bar Manzanita, Oregon Mark Twain famously said that “too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” Keep that in mind as you plan your ﬁrst visit to MacGregor’s Whiskey Bar, an establishment that holds good brown liquor in high regard. While whiskey has been a staple of the cocktail scene for years, only recently has it developed its own craft scene, with whiskey tasting bars and distilleries popping up with greater frequency around the country. It’s also taken on more of an international ﬂavor and stretched beyond the more recognizable Scottish, Irish, and American brands. That’s a big part of the fun at MacGregor’s: You don’t have to be a whiskey drinker to enjoy something new. The knowledgeable staﬀ is more than happy to provide a few recommendations and enjoy the educational aspects of their trade. Part of the perfect tasting is food, and MacGregor’s oﬀers upscale tapas, including meat, cheese, pâté, and vegetable boards, along with a fresh soup-of-the-day, fresh-pressed coﬀee, and a dessert selection. The star of the show, of course, is whiskey, and the sky’s the limit at MacGregor’s, with more than 100 brown liquors on hand. That includes scotches from all six regions of Scotland, Irish whiskeys, American bourbons and ryes, Canadian blended
Lynn Kyriss pours a sample of whiskey at MacGregor’s Whiskey Bar in Manzanita. This well-received establishment, good for newbs and connoisseurs, can be found at 387 Laneda Ave.
whiskeys, and several choices from around the world. For a bit of fun, there’s even weekly Trivia Night. It’s the perfect place to warm up during a wet winter evening or relax after a warm summer walk on the beach. — Dan Haag
A Mighty Thai Manzanita, Oregon
Banh mi, a Vietnamese sandwich, is a staple on A Mighty Thai’s menu. The restaurant is located at 725 Manzanita Ave.
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It happens to all of us. You’re heading down U.S. Highway 101 and your stomach reminds you it’s way past lunchtime. You’re hungry, but not craving a burger or hot dog. If you’re anywhere near Manzanita, you’re in luck! A Mighty Thai opened its doors in summer 2016 and coastal diners — eager for something other than the ubiquitous chowder-and-chips scene — can’t get enough. Immediately oﬀ the highway on Manzanita Avenue, this bustling little restaurant in the distinct yellow and orange building, oﬀers a wide variety of traditional Asian dishes and diﬀerent levels of spice settings: Pad Thai, Salad Rolls, Yellow, Red, and Green Curry, and Pho. There’s even a “Hangover Soup” featuring oxtail. A Mighty Thai’s oﬀerings brim with exciting ﬂavors and fresh ingredients, just right for fueling up for a trek to the top of nearby Neahkahnie Mountain. The interior is cozy with several tables and a full bar. On warm spring and summer evenings, patrons can take advantage of the newly expanded outdoor patio. Owned and operated by partners Joel Bernard (who also co-owns Sleepy Monk Coﬀee in Cannon Beach) and chef Joe Khongkhar Bongkhamsao, A Mighty Thai is the only Thai restaurant in the area. Judging by the reception thus far, locals and visitors alike are heartily embracing this addition to the North Coast palette. — Dan Haag