|Tie Up and Chow Down|
4: West Coast
By M.B. Roberts — October 2001
A cool beach house complete with decorative surfboards and Beach Boys’ tunes. Chow includes Hawaiian rice bowls, lobster potpie, and great pizza. Save room for awesome Todos Santos dessert: a triple chocolate brownie plopped in whipped cream and topped off with a Surfer Dude sugar cookie.
Claim to Fame: the gnarly, ’67 VW bus in the bar.
The nearby Casino Dock Cafe is great for tying up, but The Landing boasts a killer Avalon Harbor view from its second-story deck (walk up from the marina). Gourmet pizzas and baby back ribs complement microbrews, including Catalina Gold Ale.
Claim to Fame: Best view in town.
Tides Wharf & Restaurant
The Tides is the family-style restaurant in this terrific seaside locale, featuring an Oyster Bar, bait and tackle shop, gift shop, deli, and fish market. Watch fishing boats and sea lions while washing down Pacific red snapper with the perfect Chardonnay from the local wine country.
Claim to Fame: Alfred Hitchcock used The Tides in The Birds.
Chow down on Alaskan razor clams, hazlenut halibut, or smoked salmon linguini. Landlubbers can choose from five types of burgers in this nautically decorated spot with a great view of the Wilamette River.
Claim to Fame: The place to moor up in Portland. The dock at Riverside Place boasts the best boats in town—not to mention a seaplane or two.
Tie up dockside and dine on the waterfront deck near the south end of Puget Sound, 50 miles south of Seattle. Casual fare includes fish and chips, sandwiches, salads, and pizza.
Claim to Fame: The view. Mt. Rainer appears to burst skyward from the water.
These guys put a little si si si in their salmon. Great Mexican food washed down with all the right beers.
Claim to Fame: gourmet tacos.
M.B. Roberts is a freelance writer living in Nashville, Tennessee, and the author of several books with her husband, photographer Ronald C. Modra.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.