Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Where to Eat in Newport, Oregon

I have been inundating you with Oregon landscapes and now I'm excited to share some food finds from our third road trip destination, Newport!
We arrived to our hotel around 7:30 on a Wednesday evening and quickly headed out to dinner - no longer strangers to the early restaurant closing times in these areas. We had an amazing but long day hiking, beach combing and driving and I was craving comfort food. Noodle Cafe in the well known Bayfront area hit the spot. Serving affordable Pan-Asian fare in a no-frills bayfront space with local seafood, hand tossed noodles and made from scratch soup stocks, I felt like we tapped into a local haunt. 
Ramen Noodle Soup - miso japaneese broth with shrimp tempura / Crab Wonton - local dungeness crab meat and cream cheese / House Special Wok Tossed Udon - shrimp, scallops, calamari and vegetables in a garlic soy sauce.

While at Noodle Cafe Bob and I were discussing our plans for breakfast. At my mention of heading to La Maison, the woman next to us chimed in to sing its praises. She turned out to be Celeste of the family that owns Mo's Restaurants - a local seafood chain. We got to talking about the blog and before she left, Celeste slipped me a note to text her if we wanted to visit Mo's for a bowl of their famous Clam Chowder and Marionberry Cobbler on her. How sweet!

First things first, with the glowing recommendation we headed to La Maison Bakery & Cafe the next morning where superb three egg omelets come with giant flaky croissants, creamy butter and sticky-sweet jams from France. This was a breakfast fit for French Royalty and one I won't soon forget. No matter what dish you choose, the Bananas & Cream to start are a must. La Maison also serves lunch. 
Fresh Bananas and Cream ($5) with toasted hazelnuts and brown sugar / Loire Valley Omelet ($10.25) grilled artichokes, mushrooms, Gruyere cheese and artichoke sauce / Paris Omelet ($10) french brie wrapped in prosciutto dusted with fresh chives.

Night number two in the beautiful Bayfront community brought us to 
Local Ocean Seafoods, a casual yet sophisticated fish market and grill defined by an open kitchen and floor to ceiling windows with garage style glass doors. For expertly prepared, super fresh seafood, I'd highly recommend. This was the first restaurant we visited that was truly bustling with clientele. We had a half our wait for our table and spent that time admiring the massive fishing boats docked in the harbor across the street. 

Roasted Garlic & Dungeness Crab Soup - creamy clam base, fresh herbs, parmesan cheese / Syrah/Pinot Noir - Penner Ash Vineyards "Rubeo," Willamette Valley, OR  /  Grilled Halibut - swiss chard, edamame, bacon, udon noodles, ponzu sauce / Pan Fried Yaquina Bay Oysters - panko buttermilk crusted, fennel slaw, fries. 

Both nights after dinner we hit up the only bar and only spot open late (till midnight) on Bay Boulevard - The Rogue Ales Bayfront Public House. We were happy campers here, mingling with the upbeat bartenders and making friends with like minded travelers. (One couple from Chicago who was staying at the same hotel, in the room directly above us. What are the chances?) We got bottles of beers to-go and continued the party on their balcony!

And finally, Mo's. These family owned seafood restaurants are a local institution, so I knew I had to take Celeste up on her offer. We headed to the original Bayfront location for an early lunch before departing to Willamette. Debbie, our cheerful waitress was in-the-know and promptly served us our chowder and cobbler at no charge. The New England style chowder was fantastic - smooth, velvety, medium-thick broth loaded with small chunks of potatoes, bits of bacon, and briny clams, dusted with paprika and parsley. And I can easily see why the cobbler is a must order. Vanilla ice cream pools into plump, sweet, tart and juicy berries overflowing from a homemade flaky crust. Heaven!

 Mo's Claim Chowder ($5.50) - what made them famous! / Fried Calamari ($9.95)
lightly breaded tubes and tentacles served with cocktail and tartar sauce / Rogue "Mo" Ale Hefeweiszen ($5.25) / Marion Berry Cobbler ($5.25) - Mo's signature homemade dessert.

[Recap - all are fondly recommended!]
BreakfastLa Maison / 315 SW 9th St, Carl's Coffee @ Nye Beach715 NW Beach Drive
Lunch: Mo's Seafood / The Original Mo's - 622 SW Bay Blvd
DinnerNoodle Cafe / 837 SW Bay Blvd, Local Ocean Seafoods213 SE Bay Blvd
Drinks: Rogue Ales Bayfront Public House784 SW Bay Blvd, Rogue Brewers on The Bay / 2320 OSU Drive


  1. ok, and now i'm starving and craving seafood and cobbler... and I just ate breakfast! All of this sounds right up our alley- amazing!!

  2. the bananas & cream and halibut dishes look amazing! and, time for breakfast... ;)

  3. What fun!! And I am trying so hard to get used to restaurants closing so early, haha.