Eat Coos Bay : The tide is high, and I’m eating out!

Our main goal for the trip to Coos Bay: Eating, drinking, and experiencing Coos Bay and all the area has to offer. When I say “Coos Bay,” I really do mean the entire Bay Area – Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston, the State Parks, etc.

High Tide signage

First dining spot – lunch at High Tide Cafe in Charleston [website – it worked earlier in the day, but not when I typed this up]. We grabbed a table by the window, so we could take in this view:

Window view at High Tide

They have a lovely back patio where you can actually putt around [golf/croquet], but it had been wet during the day, so we stayed inside. I ordered one of the specials of the day – prawns and scallops! The dish had a really nice kick to it and left my nose running from the spiciness. It was probably only medium spicy, but I’m pretty weak sauce when it comes to spice.

Prawn and Scallop Special

Ryan ordered the oysters sauteed in wine, so we’d have a wide variety of shellfish in our dishes. Tasty, but a little rich. The oysters were small and full of flavor. It’s almost like they took an oyster of a larger size and packed in all the flavor into the small one. Yum!

Sauteed Oysters

To fulfill my duties as Chowder Bounty correspondent, I ordered a bowl of clam chowder to share with Ryan. Well-seasoned [a little on the peppery side, but delicious], creamy, and had lots of clams! What distinguishes Oregon’s clam chowder from New England or Manhattan chowder is the use of local gaper clams or razor clams. They have their own flavor!

Clam Chowder

Ryan and I were tempted to try digging up our own razor clams during the weekend. There was a minus tide on Saturday evening, which would have been the perfect conditions, but we didn’t feel like splurging on a clam shovel or clam gun this time around. Perhaps in the future!

We didn’t make room for dessert, so after stuffing our faces, we walked off the food by exploring the nearby South Jetty. More to follow! I am hoping that by spreading out the posts, they will take less time to load.

Hightide Cafe on Urbanspoon

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  • Kristina @ spabettie

    Mmm, good to see you making use of your title by sampling our fine Oregon chowder! I love chowder FLAVOR, but always leave the clams at the bottom of the bowl – I cannot stand the chewy consistency. :)

    everything looks great – once again fabulous photos!

    • Thanks! :) Yeah, the chewiness isn’t for everybody, but when the clams are fresh, the flavor can’t be beat.

  • oooo I’m totally craving seafood now!! And that clam chowder sounds amazing!

    • Since Charleston is a fishing town, we took advantage and ordered as many seafood items as our stomachs would allow. :) Definitely a place to visit if you like seafood. One can’t complain when it’s all fresh and local.

  • I don’t even like seafood but that stuff looks damn delicious.