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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Find Small-Town Style and Charm in Astoria, Oregon


2. Where to Eat

The Bridgewater Bistro's high-ceilinged dining room was was formerly part of a fish cannery.  

Dine on the dock at the Bridgewater Bistro, whose 35 tables sit under old-growth fir beams in an airy dining room that was once the boatyard for the Union Fish Co-operative Cannery. Order one of nearly 30 wines by the glass and stick to seafood-focused small plates like Scandinavian-style pickled herring ($7) and Dungeness crab cheesecake ($11) while enjoying views of Washington State across the river.

Settle into a booth at the Columbian Café, a quirky, 21-seat diner in the center of town that has drawn regulars for over 30 years with a cheerful décor and a commitment to fresh ingredients. Behind the counter, a lone chef turns the catch of the day into tasty (and often spicy) dishes like rockfish tacos, garnished with smoked cheddar and homemade salsa and beans ($12) as well as an ever-changing selection of vegetarian options.

Kick back with one of the dozen or so beers on tap at the Fort George Brewery and Public House, a casual hangout for locals that regularly hosts tasting events and live music. A selection of four sausages made in-house ($8.50) is an ideal match for whatever you’re drinking, but the menu also caters to vegetarians. Be sure to try as many brews as you like—they’re only $3 per sampler glass and they’re not distributed outside the northwest.

Published on Mar 28, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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