10 Unmissable Culinary Experiences On The Oregon Coast

Photo of Marcelina Morfin
28 November 2016

With over 350 miles of coastline, the Oregon Coast is brimming with charming towns, many of which offer exciting culinary experiences. From local farmer’s markets – among the best ways to experience a local food scene – to distilleries making amazing spirits, to wineries, little shops and cafes, there is something for everyone. Here’s our guide to some of the must-visit places along the Oregon Coast.

Astoria, OR | © ktkochan/Flickr

Astoria Sunday Market

Market, Healthy, Street Food, American
Elkton, OR
Elkton, OR | © B.D.'s World/Flickr
As the name suggests, Astoria Sunday Market is located in the picturesque coastal town of Astoria. This multi-award-winning seasonal event — it opens on Mother’s Day in May and runs through the second Sunday of October — takes place in the historic downtown area. All produce is fresh from local farmers and you’ll find pre-made deliciousness in the form of jams, salsas, cheeses, and so much more. There are also booths selling handcrafted goods by local artisans, plus live entertainment.

Brandborg Winery

Located in the southern Oregon coastal area, in the tiny town of Elkton, is the award-winning Brandborg Winery. Known for its pinot noirs, Brandborg also produces white wines and reds such as cabernet franc, syrah, and grenache. Oenophiles can visit the winery’s tasting room daily where they will also find an array of specialty food items that complement the wines perfectly. Brandborg also hosts numerous events year-round, including live music entertainment.

Brandborg Winery, 345 1st St, Elkton, OR, USA +1 541 548 2870

Brandy Peak Distillery

Brandy Peak Distillery is the oldest craft distillery in the area. A family-owned establishment, this distillery is located in a beautiful coastal forest a bit outside the town of Brookings. The team at Brandy Peak procures only top-quality grapes and fruit for its creations, adding no additional colors or flavoring, which produces ‘100% pure spirits.’ A seasonal outfit, this distillery is open from the first of March through the first weekend in January, Tuesday through Saturday, from 1-5PM. Visitors can learn about brandy making, take a tour, and, of course, sample the delicious brandies and liqueur offered.

Brandy Peak Distillery, 18526 Tetley Rd, Brookings, OR, USA +1 541 469 0194

Cannon Beach Distillery

Fresh produce
Fresh produce | Courtesy of Coos Bay Farmer's Market
Cannon Beach Distillery is the brainchild of Mike Selberg and is located in Cannon Beach. Making everything from scratch and on-site, Selberg uses only the best ingredients and adds no artificial colors or flavors to his selection of spirits. CB Distillery features gin, rum, and bourbon and has received many awards.

Flying Dutchman Winery

The Flying Dutchman Winery is a must-visit when in Otter Rock, situated on the northern coast of Oregon. This small, family-owned winery is in a most beautiful location — atop a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean — offering incredible views in addition to great wines. Richard Cutler has been making wine since 1997 and procures the best grapes available from area vineyards for his unique, award-winning wines, which include reds, whites, plus sweet and dessert varieties. People can visit this gem every day of the year except Christmas Day, but the hours vary depending on the season.

Flying Dutchman Winery, 915 First St, Otter Rock, OR, USA, +1 541 765 2553

Misty Meadows Jams

Market, Grocery Store, American, Healthy
Cookies at Newport Farmer's Market
Cookies at Newport Farmer's Market | © Larry Miller/Flickr
Misty Meadows Jams is a must-visit for anyone with a sweet tooth, as its makes a variety of mouthwatering jams. Another family-owned and -operated establishment, the company creates a host of jams made with the best Oregon berries, including cranberries, marionberries, blueberries, blackberries, and huckleberries, and without the use of preservatives, corn syrup, fillers, or anything else of the sort. Visitors will also find fruit butters such as Bandon cranberry butter and Oregon cherry butter, a variety of honeys, plus BBQ sauces and more.

Newport Farmer’s Market

Newport Farmer’s Market procures the freshest produce available. Open on Saturdays during the growing season (May through October), this outdoor market offers visitors the opportunity to buy local. From fruits to vegetables to baked goods to handcrafted goods, the market has something for everyone. A great thing about this farmer’s market is that beginning November through April it moves indoors so that visitors can get their fill of fresh food any time of the year.

Newport Farmer’s Market, Highway 101 and Angle Street, Newport, OR, USA

Pilot House Spirits

Bar, Beer, American
Moonrise in Port Orford, OR
Moonrise in Port Orford, OR | © Sheila Sund/Flickr
Pilot House Spirits (previously known as North Coast Distillery) is a multi-award winning distillery located in Astoria. Pilot House Spirits’ rustic-styled tasting room is located in the historic downtown area, where guests can sip numerous drinks all made with some of the distillery’s best spirits, including Bar Pilot Vodka in various flavors (regular, cocoa mint, jalapeño lime, and more), Painted Lady Gin, and Uncle Scary’s Moonshine. Pilot House Spirits is open Thursday through Sunday. There is another location in Seaside, Oregon.

Siren’s Cove Cafe

Siren’s Cove Cafe is a cozy venue located in Port Orford. Serving a variety of coffee and espresso-based drinks along with baked goods, sandwiches, pizzas, and more, this cafe is a place the entire family will enjoy no matter what their tastes. If visiting in the morning, a muffin, croissant, scone, or any other baked treat paired with a coffee drink will make for an excellent start to your day. The breakfast menu also includes biscuits and gravy and breakfast sandwiches. As for later in the day, diners can’t go wrong with any of the sandwiches, soups, salads, or pizzas.

Siren’s Cove Cafe, 1320 Oregon St, Port Orford, OR, USA +1 541 332 2970

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