Restaurant Review

As summer approaches, my mind does tend to drift to road trips.  There are lots of places to wander to in the Pacific Northwest, but, like many of us, I’m a fan of the Oregon Coast.  It is hard to beat a weekend camping at Oswald West State Park above one of the best coves on the coast (camping just for tents, thank you very much) or doing some sand-boarding on the dunes at Honeyman State Park further South.  Are you not the camping type?  Maybe rent a house with friends in Manzanita?  Superb beaches, cute town, and a great little bakery or two, all within walking distance.  No matter how you go about it, a drive down the Oregon Coast is a joy.  And I usually stop at a Mo’s for some chowder.  They have 8 locations up and down the coast – but I prefer Mo’s Annex in Newport (657 SW Bay, Newport, OR - ).  It is right on the docks, and you can watch the commercial fisherman come and go.  There are usually some Sea Lions making a riot of things, as well.  Mo’s Annex, sadly, doesn’t have a deep fat fryer (they do at the original Mo’s, across the street).  But, the chowder, steamed clams, and shrimp salad sandwich make me happy – as does the activity out the window.  And, like the Devil’s Punchbowl a bit up the Coast, it is well worth a visit. 

And a follow up note from Sarah Appling - "Oh Gerrit you have missed the true gem near Newport. Do not be fooled by Mo’s, take yourself to the South Beach Fish Market ( - 3640 S Coast Hwy, South Beach, OR 97366) and get a crab sandwich and a cup of chowder. You are welcome!" - Advice I plan on taking

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