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Pacific Oyster

5150 Hayes Oyster Dr., Bay City, OR - (503) 377-2323
Posted By Michael Stern on 11/1/2006 10:50:00 PM
What a fine Roadfood stop along the Oregon coast! Just off 101, past piles of oyster shells and out a spit of pier into the water, it is an oyster processing plant where the local mollusks are shelled, canned, and sent into the grocery food chain. One small part of this vast operation is devoted to a seafood market and sit-down deli/oyster bar where you can eat like a king at common man’s prices.

It’s as casual as can be: bare tables, menus listed on the wall, a waitstaff who will treat you like an old friend whether you like it or not. We love the range of available dishes, which include all kinds of raw oysters – mediums, petites, or the alluring little Kumomotos – freshly opened and served on the half shell or in shooter glasses for easy gulping. And of course, there are oyster stew, fried oysters, and even an oyster burger (four fried ones on a bun). Beyond oysters, you can get crab cakes, steamers by the pound, fish and chips, a cheesy crab melt sandwich on a croissant, shrimp or crab Louis, and fillets of salmon or halibut.

We were especially smitten by salmon sticks, which are, as the name suggests, skinny two-foot long staffs of salmon smoked to salty-sweet deliciousness. The sticks are available in ordinary smoky flavor as well as mesquite, Cajun, and teriyaki. You gnaw on them like a tender shaft of beef jerky.

Just to try another regional specialty, we ordered a grilled cheese sandwich, made with locally-produced Tillamook cheddar. Fabulous! Creamy, authoritative cheese melting out of generously buttered bread just slightly flattened and well-crisped from its tenure on the grill.

Note: Pacific Oyster is open for three meals a day but is closed Saturday.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Oyster Shooter
Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Oyster Stew
Grilled Cheese with Shrimp
Crab Melt
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A pair of Kumamoto Oyster shooters, ready to gulp: For an extra 75 cents, you get to keep the glass.
"A pair of Kumamoto Oyster shooters, ready to gulp: For an extra 75 cents, you get to keep the glass."
Michael Stern





Tillamook Cheddar is one of Oregon's best-known products. Here it is melted in an excellent grilled cheese sandwich.
"Tillamook Cheddar is one of Oregon's best-known products. Here it is melted in an excellent grilled cheese sandwich."
Michael Stern


Salmon on a Stick is similar to beef jerky, but easier to chew.
"Salmon on a Stick is similar to beef jerky, but easier to chew."
Michael Stern


What could be better than a Tillamook Cheddar grilled cheese sandwich on sourdough bread?  Just add shrimp!
"What could be better than a Tillamook Cheddar grilled cheese sandwich on sourdough bread? Just add shrimp!"
Cliff Strutz


The oyster menu is posted on the wall.
"The oyster menu is posted on the wall."
Michael Stern


Pacific Oyster is mostly a seafood processing plant. But the small cafe here is one of the coast's best opportunities to eat Northwest seafood.
"Pacific Oyster is mostly a seafood processing plant. But the small cafe here is one of the coast's best opportunities to eat Northwest seafood."
Michael Stern



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