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Ecola Seafoods Restaurant & Market

208 North Spruce Street, Cannon Beach, OR - (503) 436-9130
Posted By Michael Stern on 12/26/2012 5:37:00 AM
In the oceanside hamlet of Cannon Beach, Ecola (named for the nearby state park) is a modern, no-frills seafood market and restaurant. For us out-of-towners it is a treat simply to browse the cases of Dungeness crab, oysters, scallops, and flat fish that we seldom see back east. Whatever else we are going to eat, we must start with crab cocktail, which is nothing more than a bowl full of cool, sweet meat along with cocktail sauce. As much as we like grilled salmon (they catch their own), we are suckers for fish and chips. The only problem is deciding which fish. It can be everything from oysters or clams to halibut or tuna. Each is available as a lunch or dinner (bigger portion), and you can get the cod, halibut, salmon, or oysters fried up and put into a toasted, buttered bun with lettuce, tomato, and a couple of lemon wedges.

Ecola is totally casual. Place your order at the counter and, when it's busy, pick it up yourself and tote it to a table. (Otherwise the staff will bring it to you.) Cocktail sauce, tartar sauce and other such amenities are available at a sidebar. And when you're finished, it's customary to pick up empty plates and bus the table yourself.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Dungeness crab
Fish & Chips
Salmon
Shrimp
Crab Cocktail
Chowder
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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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