- …we do offer savory variations, from time to time.
- …most all our neighbors seemingly do, both here along the Port of Garibaldi as well as up and down the coast.
- …we try to balance out the local offerings with “land food.” Particularly, smoked & otherwise gourmet comfort food.
“…we do offer savory variations, from time to time.”
We often times off spin up one-off variations of the classic fish & chips with the following seafood baskets:
“…most all our neighbors seemingly do, both here along the Port of Garibaldi as well as up and down the coast.”
If you have a complete hankering for Fish & Chips while here at Tillamook Bay, or anywhere on our share of the Oregon Coast, we invite you to try most any of our fellow local establishments’ offerings, including:
[Note: Names picked in order of proximity to our location at the initial publish time.]
Fisherman’s Korner Restaurant
They’re right over there, across the street. They still have a sign up on their doors that claim, “Best Fish & Chips in Tillamook County.” Try them out and decide for yourself.
Garibaldi’s Hook, Line ‘n Sinker, Sports Bar & Grill
Right along the 101, between the Chevron & Ghost Hole Public House. They often have NFL Game Pass on football Sundays. Pick up, gas up, and get out on the water, all in one stop.
Ghost Hole Public House
Right along 101, between Hook, Line & Sinker and Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad’s Garibaldi Station. Local Tip: They have a great outdoor area with a stage for Saturday night concerts, as well as a hop garden.
During “tourist season,” across the street from the Garibaldi Maritime Museum sits this specialty fish & chips food truck. They now have their own picnic shelter so you can gaze at the mountains while you grub.
Kelley’s Place by the Smokestack
Yes, you have to drive through the Old Mill RV park entrance to get to it. Yes, you can drive through the Old Mill RV park entrance to get to it, even if you aren’t staying at the park. It’s an ideal spot to watch the amazing migratory nature of Miami Cove, while nibblin’ on fish & chips.
Pirate’s Cove Restaurant
Speaking of ideal spots. They sit on the ridge on the west edge of town, high above Tillamook Bay, overlooking the entrance to Barview Jetty. Catch sundown here at least once, if you can, while you get your fish fix.
And more. Always, “more.”
- Fish Peddler in Bay City is another spot
- Offshore Grill in Rockaway Beach
- Old Oregon Smoke House in Rockaway Beach
The list keeps going and growing. It’s a beautiful thing for our little fishing village.
As for “Why” we do not offer or specialize in fish & chips.
“Everybody’s doing it.”
When we started, we saw that everyone around us specialized in seafood, especially fish & chips. Which, sure:
- Oregon Coast
- Fishing Village
- Port is right, across, the street
Makes perfect sense to do it.
That said, ‘everybody’s doing it.’
We have long-standing neighbors with reputations that have endured generations who’ve specialized in it, and do a pretty damned good job of pumping out fish & chips.
We didn’t want to try to be another face in the crowd.
– Dennis Cavitt
One day we had a hankering for good brisket & ribs, and realized nobody in the immediate area was doing smoked ribs & brisket.
For as big as our new place is, and we’re grateful to have a little gap space between our shoulders in the kitchen, we don’t have a place to do everything we’d want to do.
To do fish & chips right, to us, means we have to have a station dedicated to it.
When it’s fried, we have to have fryers dedicated to it, lest we start blending flavors with our other offerings.
When it’s steamed or, in the case of 2020 Valentine’s Day, steam pots, we have to have the square footage and dedicated propane.
Let us finish paying off this unplanned gut-to-stud renovation, and then we’ll talk about “additions” and “fish & chips station.”
*Feels cold, steely eyes of head chef Dennis glaring apocalyptical lasers into the back of my head.*