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Ecola Seafoods Restaurant & Market

208 North Spruce Street, Cannon Beach, OR - (503) 436-9130
Posted By Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle on 4/23/2008 12:18:00 AM
There's no shortage of seafood restaurants along coastal Oregon, but for a stripped-down-to-the-basics experience, we recommend Ecola Seafoods. In the town of Cannon Beach, Seaside's relatively upscale neighbor to the south, Ecola is a seafood market with indoors and outside seating. The dining room is decorated with photographs showing the owners fishing for, catching, and displaying various local sea creatures. Apparently, much of what they sell is caught on their boat, and it shows. In fact, we'd say Ecola is worth a visit even if you don't plan to eat; just gaze upon the cases filled with cooked Dungeness crabs and radiant, almost electric, wild salmon. You may not enter hungry, but you'll probably find yourself yearning for at least a taste of something.

Freshly cooked and picked shellfish are sold as cocktails in various configurations. The unimpeachable baby shrimp and crab combo we sampled was a clear, clean taste of the Pacific. We also had a smoked salmon sandwich, which unexpectedly turned out to be a smoked salmon salad sandwich; still very good. It was served on soft white bread, like the tuna sandwiches you enjoyed as a kid, but the innocuous bread allowed the flavor of the salmon to shine brightly.

If you happen to be in the area, perhaps doing some shopping, Ecola is an ideal place for a quick, sparkling seafood lunch.

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Chowder is sold by the cup, bowl, and quart. It is the classic Pacific Northwest version: rib-sticking thick, fine-textured, and with a pepper aura.
"Chowder is sold by the cup, bowl, and quart. It is the classic Pacific Northwest version: rib-sticking thick, fine-textured, and with a pepper aura."
Michael Stern





Dungeness crab is one of the great treats of the Northwest. Here's the nicest way to have it: cool, freshly picked, and utterly simple.
"Dungeness crab is one of the great treats of the Northwest. Here's the nicest way to have it: cool, freshly picked, and utterly simple."
Michael Stern


Snapping-firm prawns are encased in a refined batter for this lunch-size portion of Prawns 'n' chips.
"Snapping-firm prawns are encased in a refined batter for this lunch-size portion of Prawns 'n' chips."
Michael Stern


Troll-caught Chinook salmon is battered and fried for this super-luxurious salmon
"Troll-caught Chinook salmon is battered and fried for this super-luxurious salmon "burger" sandwich."
Michael Stern


Ecola offers fresh seafood cocktails in any number of configurations.  Pictured is a crab/shrimp combo.
"Ecola offers fresh seafood cocktails in any number of configurations. Pictured is a crab/shrimp combo."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Ecola takes great pride in the quality of their seafood.
"Ecola takes great pride in the quality of their seafood."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Oh, if only we had brought a grill with us to Oregon!
"Oh, if only we had brought a grill with us to Oregon!"
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


An array of cooked crab ready to be devoured by the lunch crowd.
"An array of cooked crab ready to be devoured by the lunch crowd."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Seafood doesn't get any fresher than at Ecola.
"Seafood doesn't get any fresher than at Ecola."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle



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