Our Coast Magazine 2018:OC18
There’s no shortage of places in the Columbia Pacific to find a good meal. Whether you’re looking for homemade baked goods, a fine evening dinner, or some fresh seafood, let these fabulous food finds inspire you.
Pilot House Distilling Astoria, Oregon Since opening their hip, cozy, small-batch craft distillery and tasting room in 2013, Larry and Christina Cary have been operating Pilot House Distilling at full stride, releasing 15-plus original liquors, liqueurs and mixes, including A-O Whiskey (an American whiskey), an absinthe verte, a Northwest aquavit, and — Oregon’s ﬁrst canned cocktail — “Bloody Knuckles,” an Astoria (bloody) Mary. Their Painted Lady Gin, Barrelman’s Rum, and Diablo Azul (a small batch reposado-style Northwest agave spirit), not to mention their ﬁve ﬂavors of Bar Pilot vodka, have become staples of local bar culture. It’s hard to believe all of this started out with a “little hobby that got out of control,” Larry Cary said. Last year their Columbia Absinthe and Diablo Azul tequila won the double gold award at the 2017 Seattle International Spirit Awards. Their Painted Lady Gin also won gold. With so many wins there’s no reason not to experience the fruits of their passion and ingenuity for yourself. In 2018, look for Pilot House to release a straight bourbon and a wheat whiskey under its A-O label, as well as at least one more canned cocktail, an “Astoria Mule” — Pilot House’s take on a Moscow mule — premixed and ready to drink right out of the can. They’re also continuing to work on a limoncello for future release. Pilot House’s tasting room oﬀers ﬂight samples as well as bottle sales. The place is a local treasure for the cocktail connoisseur — don’t miss it. — Laura Cherau
Pilot House Distilling, at 1270 Duane St., is, for the owners, a “little hobby that got out of control.”
Stanley’s Grill Seaview, Washington Seaview is renowned for its wide variety of dining establishments, from The Depot Restaurant to the 42nd Street Café & Bistro, but some of the best eating in town can be found in a modest-looking food truck just oﬀ the town’s main drag. Conveniently located alongside the North Jetty Brewery & Tap Room on Paciﬁc Way (for which it serves as its unoﬃcial kitchen), Stanley’s Grill oﬀers a small but excellent bill of fare, prepared on site by proprietor Dani Wllger. Their burgers — a one-third pound of hand-pressed beef and available in Classic Cheeseburger or Bacon Bleu and served on a ciabatta roll — are available alongside items like their hard-battered ﬁsh and chips, BLAT (Bacon-Lettuce-Avacado-Tomato) sandwiches and an everrotating variety of daily specials. But the specialty of the truck is Stanley’s Porker Sandwich: a delicious combination of braised shoulder, oﬀ-bone ham, bacon, and pork belly sure to delight anyone whose palate hungers for carnivoral knowledge. And their sides are practically meals in themselves: hand-cut Filthy Fries topped with beef gravy and shredded cheese, and Thai Tots smothered in spicy peanut chicken sauce and ﬁnished with cilantro and green onions. Meals can be ordered to go or eaten on site; the North Jetty Brewery encourages patrons to bring their food inside to be washed down with their wide range of craft beers. (Stanley, incidentally, is the owner’s dog, who personally vouches for every item sold.) — William Ham Dani Henderson serves up a meal at Stanley’s Grill in Seaview. The specialty of the food truck at 4100 Pacific Way is Stanley’s Porker Sandwich.
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