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NORTHWEST WILD PRODUCTS 354 INDUSTRY ST., ASTORIA, OREGON
If cooking at home is more your speed, choose your own crab dinner out of the live tanks down on the docks at the West End Mooring Basin. Northwest Wild Products is one of a small number of outfits that offers a live-tank option as well as both retail and wholesale options. Their Dungeness Crab is local, wild, and sourced from local fishermen. For a no-fuss option, try their “Whole Crab Dinner,” which includes everything you need: a whole crab, homemade clam chowder, green salad with shrimp, and garlic bread to go.
In addition to grab ’n’ go live from the tank and precooked whole crab sourced from Puget Sound, Ole Bob’s oﬀers an à-la-carte option to take on a picnic or to the beach.
The dish known as ‘Robin’s Favorite’ at Finns Fish House in Seaside is a decadent option with Dungeness over panko-crusted chicken.
OLE BOB’S SEAFOOD MARKET 151 HOWERTON AVE. S.E., ILWACO, WASHINGTON
Located at the Port of Ilwaco on the Long Beach Peninsula, Ole Bob’s is part seafood market and part “Galley Café.” In addition to grab ’n’ go live from the tank and precooked whole crab sourced from Puget Sound, they offer an à-la-carte option to take on a picnic or to the beach, or grab a picnic table and gaze at the boats in the port: a crab cocktail complete with utensils, crackers, and homemade cocktail sauce. To complete that picnic experience, grab a crab melt on sourdough bread with red roasted pepper sauce and cheddar served with homemade coleslaw. Manager and Chef Laura Villar recommends the crab cakes: “They are made with 85-percent crab meat and just a bit of breading to hold them together, served with a red pepper sauce — they are an old family recipe.” Crab empanadas are another unique offering, Villar added: “I am from South America and we do empanadas; we offer a crab empanada appetizer that people love.”
Dungeness crab at Hanthorn Crab Company at Pier 39 in Astoria.
PACIFIC WAY BAKERY & CAFE 601 PACIFIC WAY, GEARHART, OREGON
Heading back to the Oregon coast, in Gearhart you’ll find Pacific Way Bakery & Café. Try their Crab Louie served with a hardboiled egg, a creamy housemade relish-style Thousand Island dressing, and an ample portion of crab. A special dish on the dinner menu is the crab ravioli. The raviolis are handmade by a small company in Portland with local Dungeness crab. The simple but elegant dish is served with homemade Alfredo sauce, fresh grated Parmesan cheese, and another portion of fresh Dungeness to top off the dish.
Dungeness à la carte at Ole Bob’s Seafood Market at the Port of Ilwaco is sold live from the tank or precooked.
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