Astoria is a beautiful place, it sits on the Columbia River just around the corner from the Pacific ocean. On this trip we decided to do some critiquing of the local fare at all of the restaurants that we visited. We chose clam chowder to be the one dish that we tested at each place as it seems that every restaurant claims to have the best.
The first night Thursday we ate at a place called “The Silver Salmon” we tried to eat at Charlies Chowder but it wasn’t open. The Silver Salmon was a very nice place with with interesting art on the walls, all done with crayons by customers during a 5 hour annual coloring contest. We were amazed at the talent. We had clam chowder to start and then Jeff had Fish and Chips which he liked very much and I had a Seafood Caesar Salad it had dungenous crab, shrimp and clams. It had the potential to be really good but was drenched in dressing. The clam chowder was delicious it was similar to New England style but with its own twist. It turned out to be our favorite chowder of the three we tried. But the meal was very expensive, the most expensive one we had during our four day stay.
The next morning We ate at The Coffee Girls Cafe inside the old Cannery at Pier 39. We actually drove out onto the pier, Jeff was a bit nervous about driving onto a old wooden pier but it seemed to hold up fine. This coffee house is the original one that served the cannery workers from as far back as the 1930’s. Below is a picture of one of the girls that served up coffee and pie back then.
This place had a lot of history, we checked out the cannery museum after breakfast and it was very interesting. Jeff had a breakfast panini which he enjoyed very much with coffee. I had a bagel with cream cheese and locally smoked lox with red onion and house made fresh pickles. It was fabulous! I also had a Breve and it was very good. We would eat there again breakfast cost $25.00.
Check back for more on our visit later this week.