Our Coast Magazine 2018:OC18
eat drink CLEMENTE’S CAFE AND PUBLIC HOUSE 175 14TH ST., ASTORIA, OREGON
Co-owners and chefs Gordon Clemente and Lisa Tarabochia emphasize local, sustainable, and wild ingredients. Tarabochia, who comes from a multi-generational local fishing family, offers up her coveted family crab cakes recipe: Dungeness Crab Cakes served with a rémoulade and a house salad. Their Crab Louie is made with locally caught Dungeness crab and offered with a side of local seasonal vegetables and fruit, served with a housemade Louis dressing.
DRIFTWOOD RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 179 N. HEMLOCK ST., CANNON BEACH, OREGON
The Dungeness crab cheesecake at Bridgewater Bistro in Astoria is a savory take on the classic dish.
Venture down the coast to Cannon Beach, where the Driftwood Restaurant & Lounge features 100 percent Dungeness Crab sourced from Bell Buoy. Among other options such as a Crab Louie, crab cocktail, and crab roll sandwich, the “Crab Casserole” has been a menu standard for 30-plus years. The ultimate comfort dish features baked Parmesan, cheddar, and Dungeness crab. A second unique option is only offered on Fridays and Saturdays: a sautéed crab leg out of the shell with white wine, butter, and garlic.
FINNS FISH HOUSE 227 BROADWAY ST., SEASIDE, OREGON
If surf ’n’ turf is your fancy, head to Seaside to Finns Fish House. Add a “crab section” — which could be a half crab or simply a leg section — to any entrée, such as steak. They also offer whole cooked crab sourced from Ocean Beauty as well as a Dungeness Crab Melt with a large portion of local crab. For the pasta lovers, “Robin’s Favorite” is a panko-crusted chicken topped with Dungeness Crab and pepper jack cheese served over a white wine fettuccine Alfredo.
HANTHORN CRAB COMPANY The Dungeness crab artichoke dip at Carruthers in downtown Astoria is an artfully plated dish.
100 39TH ST., ASTORIA, OREGON
The Hanthorn Crab Company sits inside Pier 39 behind the Rogue Ales Public House. Owner Tom Hilton sells seasonal, fresh, local, sustainable live crab from the tank and whole cooked crab to grab ’n’ go. Hilton also makes a crab melt — what Astorians would call “clown bread,” he said. Another item to check out are the crab cakes with large portions of crab and very little binding — a recipe Hilton is particularly proud of — that can be purchased precooked or ready to take home and cook.
MO’S SEAFOOD AND CHOWDER 101 15TH ST., ASTORIA, OREGON
The crab cakes at Clemente’s Cafe and Public House in Astoria come with a stunning view of the Columbia River.
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Certainly not new to Oregon but definitely the ‘new kid on the block’ in Astoria, Mo’s Seafood and Chowder recently landed in Astoria on the Riverwalk near the Maritime Museum. While not strictly sourced locally, they do utilize local whenever possible and provide an affordable foray into crab eating here on the coast. Their signature crab dish is a “Hot Crab Melt” — a salad-style mix with a combination of Dungeness and rock crab topped with melted cheddar cheese served on toasted garlic Parmesan cheese bread.