My last trip to 'the coast' was a horrible experience on the Gulf coast of Texas. I'm pretty sure i whined the whole time, though trying to embrace any goodness from the very different sort of 'ocean' view. Short beach, no waves, dirty water and campers and cars all filling any beach that was there. I'm sure there are nice parts of the Texas coast, but it's just not what i'd call 'ocean.' To me, ocean requires a certain amount of surf, preferably with limitless beach to either side for walking for hours. A wind sheltered dune for sleeping is also a must, or at least a perk. Needless to say, i was thrilled to be back to a 'proper' sort of beach. No offense intended to my Texas family and friends...... i just like my coast a little rougher and more picturesque!
Local Ocean Seafood, right on the bay overlooking fishing boats and rolling fog. Local Ocean is also a fish market, with some delicious and uber fresh looking catches in their cooler. We had hours worth of play plans afterward, so we weren't able to bring any home, but we sure enjoyed our lunches. Local Ocean is also dog friendly, so Pocket was able to join us. We brought her a bone to enjoy and she settled into the scene perfectly. Local Ocean gets their fish as fresh as it can be: their fish and crab comes in daily from across the street, sourced from a 3rd generation fishing family. Can't beat that! You could taste the freshness. I had a fish wrap and my husband had the crab po'boy topped with some Oregonzola from Rogue Creamery. I coerced a bite out of him, and it was truly delicious! My wrap was tasty too, slathered in a freshly made spicy tartar sauce. We were quite full and I was glad to have miles of beach to burn our lunch off on.
|I'm on a diet, right? See, i left a few bites on my plate!|
For Pocket's first beach experience, we hit up Yaquina beach: plenty of soft dunes, wide beaches, and seagulls to keep us all busy:
Do you have a favorite restaurant or market for super fresh food?