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Volume 1, Issue 27                                                                               August 19, 2017


Blazers Release 2017-2018 Regular Season Schedule

By Dave Nelson

Trail Blazers fans, you can be happy, the schedule is out, and the season starts earlier this year, which according to ESPN is to create additional wiggle room that allows the leagues schedule makers to further reduce the number of back-to backs and four games in five nights sets on the current schedule.

Some of the games of interest…

The champions (Golden State) come to Portland February 14 (might be a good gift for your Valentine?) and March 9. While Portland visits there, December 11.

The defending Eastern Conference champions, Cleveland are in Portland, March 15, and the Blazers travel there, January 2.

The regular season begins in Phoenix, October 18, which starts a 3 game road trip including stops in, Milwaukee and Indiana.

Opening night at the Moda Center takes place, October 24, which includes a 4 game homestand with the Clippers, Suns, and Raptors.

To see the complete schedule, go to:

Summer Trades

By Dave Nelson

The summer of 2017 might be a summer that Northwest sports fans might remember for a while. Not only did it see trades involving three teams, but one unveilved a new on court look.

Mariners: Seattle’s MLB club sent former closer Steve Cishek to the Tampa Bay Rays, in exchange for  pitcher Erasmo Ramirez, whose name may sound familiar to some, as Ramirez  was with the “M’s” from 2012-2014. 

“Erasmo brings us a good combination of experience, versatility and control as we look to both be better in 2017, and in future seasons,” Team Executive Vice President and General Manager Jerry Dipto said in a team news release. “We added depth to our pitching staff in a variety of ways and maintained flexibility as we move forward with a player that is under club control for 2017, 2018 and 2019.” So far Ramirez was 4-3, 1 save, 6 holds and a 4.80 ERA, 55 strikeouts.

Seahawks: Seattle’s NFL franchise sent Lineback Kevin Pierre-Louis to the Kansas City Chiefs, in exchange for Pro Bowl Linebacker/Special Teams player DJ Alexander. Alexander is a third year pro out of Oregon State. In his years at Kansas City, Alexander had a team best 23 tackles over the past two seasons.

Blazers: In what might be called a surprise move, while others may not call it that, the Trail Blazers traded guard Allen Crabbe to the Brooklyn Nets, in exchange for Forward Andrew Nicholson. In 285 games with Brooklyn, Orlando and Washington, Nicholson has averages of 6.0 points and 3.0 rebounds. Portland is expected to waive and stretch Nicholson’s salary. The Blazers also acquired a $12.9 million trade exception, which means they traded away a player with higher salary than the player they acquired in return. The move was more a salary dump on Portland’s end. 

“Allen has been a model teammate on the court and ambassador for the organization off the court,” President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey said in a team news release. 

“He will be missed by all of us who shared the last four seasons with him. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his career in Brooklyn.”

Bits and Pieces: If you have attended a game at Safeco Field, the home of the Mariners, it may have been your last game ever at “The Safe,” as the team announced Safeco Insurance has decided not to extend its naming rights agreement for the stadium following the 2018 season. (Just a suggestion from this reporter, Seattle’s Best Stadium? From a certain company based in Seattle of all places. LEAVE THIS.)

Seahawks have extended Strong Safety Kam Chancellor to a multiyear contract.

After unveiling their new logo back in May, the Blazers unveiled two new uniforms. They are being called, “The Association” and “Icon” Nike jerseys. Two more are to be unveiled. Two more jerseys will be unveiled soon.

The Blazers also announced their preseason schedule. October 3: Phoenix. October 5: Toronto. October 8: @ LA Clippers. October 9: @Sacramento. October 11: @ Phoenix. October 13, versus Haifa, a team from Israel, @Moda Center.


Kris Novoselic: Famous Rock Star Lives Among Us!

By Barb Swanson

Here in the local Finnish communities of Naselle, Rosburg, Deep River, Rosburg, Grays River and Skamakawa, we have been privileged to have a star living among us!

My husband’s family has a small connection to him. The Swansons are related to Kris’s 1st wife, so my family was fortunate to see him at a couple of our family reunions. My daughters remember asking him for his autograph, but mostly the family just enjoyed getting to know him and found him to be very personable and down to earth.

Kris bought property and made his home in Deep River, Wa. in 1992 and has lived in our local area ever since, buying properties to help preserve the land. His home is just past the historic Deep River Church. He has become quite active in the local Grange Halls and is currently serving as head of the Skamokawa Grange.

Kris Novoselic is a rock musician and was the original bass player and founder of the famous rock group: Nirvana!  He has celebrity status, yet he is one of us and is treated with respect.

Since an early age, Kris became interested in music after listening to Chuck Berry with his father. He became very interested in hard rock bands such as Zeppelin, The Who and Aerosmith. He has credited Paul McCartney, Gene Simmons and others as major influences in his music.

Kris’s brother Robert introduced him to Kurt Cobain one day, and the two became friends, sharing a passion for punk rock. Eventually, the two formed the band “Nirvana”, which ran from 1987 to 1994.

In 1991, the band recorded their first Major label called “Nevermind”, which launched the band as a worldwide phenomenon with a hit single called: “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.  In 1992, at the MTV music awards, Nirvana won awards for the Best New Artist in a video and the Best Alternative Video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Sadly, Nirvana ended and the band broke up after the death of Kurt Cobain in April of 1994.

For months afterward, Kris Novoselic removed himself from the spotlight. One of the few public appearances came the following September at the MTV Video Music Awards. The video for Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box” was awarded for Best Alternative Video and Kris paid tribute to Cobain there.

The following year, Kris began to get involved in music once again.  He formed the band “Sweet 75” in 1995, and released a single album in 1997.  In 1998, he directed his first movie called, “L7, The Beauty Process”, a documentary that showed concert footage from 3 different cities.

In 2002, Kris Novoselic performed background vocals on the “Foo Fighters” song entitled: “Walking a Line”, which was written in honor of Kurt Cobain.

In 2006, he replaced the bass player in the group “Flipper” and toured with them in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Kris played in a band called “Flipper” from 2006 to 2009.  In 2011, he supplied bass and accordion for the song: “I Should Have Known” on the “Foo Fighters” album.

Since 2016, he has been playing bass guitar and accordion in a new band called “Giants in the Trees”. The band has played all over the Northwest!

Kris has been very active in politics.  He created the ‘political action committee (JAMPAC—Joint Artists and Musicians Political Action Committee).  Kris wrote a weekly column on music and politics for the Seattle Weekly’s website. Since 2008, Kris has been the chairman for the electoral reform organization called “FairVote.

In 2009, Kris even played a newspaper vendor in the movie: “World’s Greatest Dad,” starring Robin Williams. (Very cool!)

In 2010, Kris joined the band “Foo Fighters” to help record their next album called: “Wasting Light,”  which was released in 2011. He also got the opportunity to play for the “Nevermind” 20th anniversary celebration in Seattle.

In 2012, the remaining Nirvana members partnered up with Paul McCartney on the song: “Cut Me Some Slack”, which was composed for the soundtrack of the documentary “Sound City”.  It was shown on December 2012, at the festival 12-12-12, in New York, and brought together music celebrities to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The song also won a Grammy for Best Rock Song in 2014. The partnership was called: “Sirvana”, by Kris Novoselic, which referred to Sir Paul McCartney!  (I remember watching this on TV and feeling proud to know him!)

In 2016, Kris even performed with Paul McCartney on “Helter Skelter” in Seattle as part of the “One on One” tour.

Kris is now writing more music for his current band called “Giants in the Trees”. They have performed in Astoria, Oregon, along with other local venues. The band members are all from the Skamakawa Grange Hall where Kris remains active.  My husband and I look forward to hearing his band perform. We also hope to get Kris involved in our local Finn festival in 2018.

Kris Novoselic continues to be a great supporter of the local communities of Naselle, Deep River, Rosburg, Grays River and Skamakawa. We are grateful for his contributions to our local historical areas, local real estate, community involvement, music events and culture. 

Kiitos to Kris!

Melissa Padgett, Astoria Winemaker

By Sandi Harrington

Four years ago, Melissa Padgett of Astoria started making her own wine as she couldn’t tolerate the oak used in store-bought wine. “And I tend to like my wine a little bit sweeter than what you can buy,” she added.

Melissa makes wine out of apples, pears, grapes, watermelon, and teas such as orange spice and licorice. She even plans on making a dandelion wine. “You can make wine out of anything,” Melissa said, “but the basic recipe is the same.”

While with Melissa, I learned there are five stages in winemaking: Harvesting, Crushing, Fermentation, Clarification, and Bottling and Aging. Melissa’s most recent batch, in the fermentation stage, is called Tropical Dragon’s Blood, a wine containing melon, strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapple.

Melissa puts in a crushed Campden tablet to kill any wild yeast and bacteria. Before she adds packaged yeast 24 hours later, Melissa measures the specific gravity of the sugar syrup using a refractor. Her original measurement was 1.110 and the brix was 28, which determines the alcohol content. “These (numbers) will come down as the yeast eats the sugar,” Melissa said.


Then twenty-four hours after she puts her yeast in, Melissa will take another measurement and a final reading after fermentation is completed to determine the actual alcohol content.  


Once the yeast has done its job, Melissa pours the wine into jugs called carboys, then does a “back sweetening” where she adds more sugar syrup until she gets the sweetness level she desires. For Melissa, this is seven cups of sugar syrup per gallon. She uses five cups for dry wines.

According to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, Melissa and her husband can legally make 200 gallons of wine per year because they have two or more people in their household over age 21. A single person 21 and over is allowed to make 100 gallons per year.

Although you cannot sell the wine, Melissa confirms that it’s more of a fun hobby. Melissa states, “But it’s a hobby that scares a lot of people because people think…I can’t do that. But it’s actually pretty easy.”

Melissa has several jugs of wine which she plans to have ready for the holidays: Chocolate banana, chocolate mint, orange spice, pumpkin spice, and even a peppermint wine. 

I sampled some of Melissa’s finished wine and can honestly say they were wonderful. Thanks, Melissa, for introducing me to this fascinating art.

Block Party at Fort George

August 11 – August 13

Astoria Regatta 2017

Since 1894, The Astoria Regatta has celebrated the entire Lower Columbia area and the river that flows through it. It is the longest running celebration in Oregon’s oldest city, and right at the center is Fort George Brewery. Set course for 14th & Duane in the heart of downtown Astoria for a bountiful weekend of provisions and entertainment.

Friday, August 11th. Get the gang back together and plot your plan of attack for an outdoor showing of Fantastic Mr. Fox at dark (approximately 9:15pm in the Fort George courtyard).

Food & beverages can be purchased through the pub and all ages are welcome. Bring your own chairs and blankets if you like or seating is available. No tickets are required, never a cover.

Saturday, August 12th. Secure a prime location for the Grand Land Parade at noon, best viewed in the courtyard with a pint of Fort George beer in hand. Feel free to bring your chairs from home. The pub opens at 11am with food & beverages available for courtyard seating.

Live music launches at 2pm in the courtyard, building to Giants In The Trees at 8pm. A mammoth pop-rock quartet inspired by the environment and culture of the Lower Columbia River, Giants in the Trees features musicians Jillian Raye, Erik Friend, Ray Prestegard, and Krist Novoselic.

Fireworks over the Columbia River cap the night, with great views from the east end of the upstairs pizzeria.

Sunday, August 13th. Browse the Sunday Market in downtown Astoria, play some corn hole in the courtyard, then stick around for even more live music at Fort George. Extended Sunday night music is from 4pm to 10pm and al fresco for the weekend, so you can feel that rhythm in the marine air. Full music lineups for the weekend will be announced soon.

Be Wary of Possible Scams

Press Release

One of our Chamber members recently received a call from an individual claiming to represent Astoria High School and wanting to sell ad space in a publication or accept donations. The caller was unable to name the AHS colors, however. The Chamber member also received a similar call from someone claiming to represent Seaside High School. If you receive a call that you believe to be a scam, please alert the police department and directly contact the business/organization the caller claims to represent. Protect yourself and your business from potential fraud by being vigilant. Check out these tips from the Federal Trade Commission as a reminder of how to avoid being a victim of fraud.

Crooks use clever schemes to defraud millions of people every year. They often combine new technology with old tricks to get people to send money or give out personal information. Here are some practical tips to help you stay a step ahead.

Spot imposters. Scammers often pretend to be someone you trust, like a government official, a family member, a charity, or a company you do business with. Don’t send money or give out personal information in response to an unexpected request — whether it comes as a text, a phone call, or an email.  

Do online searches. Type a company or product name into your favorite search engine with words like “review,” “complaint” or “scam.” Or search for a phrase that describes your situation, like “IRS call.” You can even search for phone numbers to see if other people have reported them as scams.

Don’t believe your caller ID. Technology makes it easy for scammers to fake caller ID information, so the name and number you see aren’t always real. If someone calls asking for money or personal information, hang up. If you think the caller might be telling the truth, call back to a number you know is genuine.

Don’t pay upfront for a promise. Someone might ask you to pay in advance for things like debt relief, credit and loan offers, mortgage assistance, or a job. They might even say you’ve won a prize, but first you have to pay taxes or fees. If you do, they will probably take the money and disappear. 

Consider how you pay. Credit cards have significant fraud protection built in, but some payment methods don’t. Wiring money through services like Western Union or MoneyGram is risky because it’s nearly impossible to get your money back. That’s also true for reloadable cards like MoneyPak, Reloadit or Vanilla. Government offices and honest companies won’t require you to use these payment methods.

Talk to someone. Before you give up your money or personal information, talk to someone you trust. Con artists want you to make decisions in a hurry. They might even threaten you. Slow down, check out the story, do an online search, consult an expert — or just tell a friend.

Hang up on robocalls. If you answer the phone and hear a recorded sales pitch, hang up and report it to the FTC. These calls are illegal, and often the products are bogus. Don’t press 1 to speak to a person or to be taken off the list. That could lead to more calls.

Be skeptical about free trial offers. Some companies use free trials to sign you up for products and bill you every month until you cancel. Before you agree to a free trial, research the company and read the cancellation policy. And always review your monthly statements for charges you don’t recognize.

Don’t deposit a check and wire money back. By law, banks must make funds from deposited checks available within days, but uncovering a fake check can take weeks. If a check you deposit turns out to be a fake, you’re responsible for repaying the bank.

Sign up for free scam alerts from the FTC at Get the latest tips and advice about scams sent right to your inbox.

If you spot a scam, report it at Your reports help the FTC and other law enforcement investigate scams and bring crooks to justice.

Schmidt Family Tragedy

By Friendly Curmudgeon

From time to time, something appears in the news that is so unspeakably horrific and tragic that it puts all of your own little problems into stark perspective. What happened to the Schmidt family in Beecher, Illinois, last Monday is one of those stories.

By now most people who have been keeping up with local news are aware of the living nightmare this family is going through. Lindsey Schmidt, 29 years old and pregnant, was driving her three young sons to camp when their Subaru was rammed by a pickup truck that blew a stop sign, killing her and one-year-old Kaleb instantly. Four-year-old Weston died Tuesday at the hospital and six-year-old Owen died Thursday morning.

Lindsey and her family were active in their church and the small, tight-knit community. Today a young father, Edward Schmidt, is mourning the loss of his wife and all of his children. He will likely never be whole again.

It was reported that the 25-year-old unnamed male driver, who only had minor injuries, may have been texting at the time of the crash, although as of this writing no charges have been filed.

Meanwhile, the same day on Lake Shore Drive, a woman who was reportedly speeding and weaving in and out of lanes lost control of her car and crossed the median from the southbound into the northbound lanes, colliding with several other vehicles. In this incident, unlike the one in Beecher, it appears that the person at fault was the only fatality.

It bears noting that in the Beecher case, there is yet no known proof that the driver who caused the accident was using his phone. But whether he was texting or just speeding, he ran through a stop sign and in an instant, destroyed an entire family.

I wonder when I hear these stories, where is it people are going that is so important that it’s worth dying for, or taking the lives of innocent parties? What is the hurry?

I think there are few among us who have not known someone or known of someone who lost their lives to a reckless or drunk driver.

The driving and texting thing, to me, is beyond the pale. When they passed a law against it I thought, really, isn’t this a no-brainer? How can you keep your eyes on your phone screen and on the road at the same time?

Here are some of the scary and sobering statistics: Cell phones are involved in 64% of all traffic accidents, causing six million crashes each year, according to the National Safety Council. One out of every four car accidents is caused by texting and driving. Each day, at least 8 people are killed and 1,161 injured in crashes that involve a distracted driver--over 78 percent of whom are distracted by texting. People who drive while sending or reading text messages are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash than other drivers. Texting while driving is now the top cause of death among teenagers, accounting for 11 teen deaths every day in the U.S. In March 2017, 13 people were killed in Texas when a texting truck driver slammed into their church bus. In 2008, a train derailment killed 25 people in California because the train engineer was texting.

Car and Driver magazine conducted a 2010 study that concluded texting while driving is more dangerous than driving intoxicated.

Most states prohibit drivers from texting, including Illinois, where the fine for a first offense is $75, on the low end compared with other states.  By way of comparison, the fine for parking in a handicapped parking space is about $200. Technology is being developed to enable law enforcement to detect texting by drivers, but it remains a serious problem.

But cold statistics don’t move us the way a photograph does.

It may be hard for younger people to believe there was a time in America when driving drunk carried no stigma and few penalties. Before the mid-1980s, it was not taken seriously by the law. Someone who caused an accident, even a fatal accident, driving drunk usually received a slap on the wrist. It was called a socially acceptable form of murder.

I know firsthand because I lost a high school friend to a drunk driver. She was a pedestrian. I’ll spare the stomach-turning details of her death but let’s just say it involved unimaginable suffering.

Then a small grassroots organization changed all that—Mothers Against Drunk Driving. MADD is virtually single-handedly responsible for forcing lawmakers to take the carnage from drunk driving seriously, promoting anti-DUI education and dramatically reducing the number of alcohol-related traffic deaths. There is now a considerable social stigma associated with driving drunk and tougher penalties for DUI in almost every state.

If it turns out the guy in Beecher was texting when he slaughtered the Schmidt family, he should do serious jail time. But he won’t, because driving while texting is to the 21st century what driving drunk was before circa-1985. It’s socially accepted, if technically illegal. But its victims are no less dead, survivors› lives no less torn apart.

Just as getting behind the wheel of a car after drinking is a conscious choice to drive impaired, texting while driving is a conscious choice to do something you should know will impair your ability to drive safely and endanger others.

It is time that texting while driving is subject to the same stigma and penalties as DUI. It’s the only thing that will deter it. It is time to get serious.

If you disagree, take a look at the family in the photograph above, which is now reduced to one member. The next time you’re tempted to read or send a text in the car, think of that photograph.

This insanity has got to stop. Now.

Astoria is Rocking It!

By Taylee Gittins

On a trip to visit her mother in the summer of 2016 in a town three and a half hours away from her home in Astoria, Mindy Bizzell discovered some rocks that had been painted and left for anyone to hide. Bizzell found out that it was a new trend starting and she enjoyed the idea of it so much she decided to start up a group of her own in Astoria. 

She painted some rocks and began hiding them and started a facebook page and waited for people to join. “At first it was just me” Bizzell states. She went for a while with no one joining the group, then decided to post about it on Goonieville, one of our local online buy and sell groups on facebook. With just one post about the page, a flood of members started to join in on the fun, and now there are almost 3,000 members in just one year of activity.

The Astoria Rocks! Group was initially aimed at family fun, because she saw how fun it was for her 7-year-old daughter and her 10 year old son to find these hidden treasures. But rest assured, it isn’t only for the kids out there. Many adults have been known to take part in the hiding and finding game and the painting of the rocks. It is a great activity to do with your kids or just on your own.

Popular places to hide the rocks are on the Astoria Riverwalk, the Garden of Surging Waves, the Maritime Museum and even now with special permission, the Flavell house.

Although, this might sound like all fun and games, there are certain rules that all hiders must pertain to. As the admin of the group, Bizzell asks that hiders not be disrespectful while hiding their rocks; no hiding in cemeteries or businesses or Federal or State parks. And also, she requests that you be careful when placing your beautiful treasures. There are some locations that have been known to be dangerous, yet you could still find a rock here or there. If you have to think about whether or not to hide the rock in that location, you probably shouldn’t!

Mindy Bizzell has done an excellent job promoting the page and getting people interested in the new and exciting trend of finding hidden treasures. But she wants you to know that she doesn’t do it alone. She has a lot of help from others in the community and there are two other moderators on the page that help regulate the posts to make them appropriate and nice for all age groups: Stephanie Hampton and D.J. DeVaney.

Get out and go find some rocks!

Mary Todd Says Goodbye

By Wendi Agalzoff-LaRue

For over 25 years, locals and travelers alike have enjoyed Mary Todd’s Worker’s Bar and Grill.  Located in the heart of the Uniontown Historic District, the tavern is on course to change ownership from Mary Todd to local resident and author Diana Kirk September 13, 2017.  

Renowned for being the best Yucca in town, visitors can shake their own vodka, cocktail in a mason jar and towel while sitting down for Meat Bingo and a chance to win a rack of ribs (or other such meat).  There is a sense of community at Mary Todd’s that provides a place for hard-workers to unwind. 

While staff, ambiance, and home-style feel will remain the same after September 13, the building will undergo renovations as part of the Astor West Urban Renewal movement, the business will begin accepting debit and credit cards, and the rental properties located above the tavern will be delegated to a property management firm. 

“Thank you to all the amazing people who have made Mary Todd’s Workers the fabulous place that it is,” said Mary Todd. “We couldn’t have done it without you! And congratulations to the new owner, Diana Kirk. We all look forward to the exciting future at our favorite watering hole!”

Behind the Bar: The Folk Art of Arvi Ostrom and the Snug Harbor

Clatsop County Historical Society

By Sam Rascoe

An extraordinary collection of artwork is the subject of the latest exhibit at the Heritage Museum in Astoria, Oregon. Behind the Bar: The Folk Art of Arvi Ostrom and the Snug Harbor features a fraction of the more than 10,000 drawings, paintings, and carvings created by Astoria’s prolific folk artist and saloon operator Arvi Ostrom. Many people may recall Arvi’s Union Town tavern the Snug Harbor and his “drawings,” but few could imagine the breadth of his work and talent.

Upon Arvi’s death in 1994, his grandson Ken Carlson became the caretaker of this vast collection. He has endeavored to preserve his grandfather’s legacy and to share it with the public for the first time. He, with the aid of his friend and documentarian, Ben Saboonchian, has produced a great video about Arvi and his art.

Clatsop County Historical Society is a 501(C)(3) non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of Clatsop County Oregon and the surrounding area. The Society operates the Flavel House Museum, The Heritage Museum, the Oregon Film Museum and the Uppertown Firefighters Museum.

Essential Eats Features

Toms Fish n Chips

By Elizabeth De’Vore

This week’s Essential Eats location takes us to the adorable costal town, Seaside. For all you introverts out there, I have a perfect “Treat Yo-self” day plan for you! Go to the beach and journal out those imaginary arguments or melancholy song lyrics you’ve been bottling up. Then take a stroll around town making sure to grab a few salt water taffies & something pretty at the Tipton’s. Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, make your way to Tom’s Fish & Chips, where you can seat yourself, go to the counter when you’ve decided what you’d like to order, and eat peacefully without someone constantly checking in on you. 

I know there are plenty of people that feel that restaurant staff add an element of anxiety to their dining experience. I understand, and that’s why I’m thankful for places like Tom’s Fish & Chips that has a bit more of a “hand’s off” approach. The staff are available and pleasant to meet any needs you might have, but otherwise invisible, so that if you’re “peopled out”, you don’t have to interact with them. You can just enjoy food made for you, not do dishes, and enjoy yourself as well as some delicious fish.

There are a few options on fish, seafood, burgers, salads & poultry. Whenever I go to a restaurant I order the restaurant’s specialty- which in this case is their halibut basket.  The breading was light & crisp and the fish pearly white & flakey. You could taste that the fries were made fresh just for you. A simple yet satisfying meal that won’t leave your stomach aching or fingers greasy- which in this day and age can be difficult to find.  The atmosphere is quiet & peaceful, another bonus for solo dining or catching up with old friends.

The quality of food & sense of simplicity make Tom’s Fish & Chips our next Essential Eats location. If you need a day to yourself, or just in the mood for some good food, make your way over to Seaside and be sure to stop inside! As always, let us know what your Essential Eats location is, and stay tuned for next week! 

 Address :1 North Holladay Dr Seaside, OR 97138 Phone:(503) 739-7386 Hours: 11:00-9:00 Daily

Essential Eats: Roadhouse Restaurant and Sports Bar

By Elizabeth De’vore

For this week’s “Essential Eats,” I took a drive across the Columbia River to the Roadhouse Restaurant & Sports Bar in Chinook, Washington. Although this is not technically a part of Clatsop County, I was assured that Chinook is considered family. I was also told that they had good ribs. A road that leads to good ribs is a detour everyone should take. 

What I loved about the restaurant was its attitude displayed by rustic décor, a rockin’ playlist and the amenable staff. The atmosphere could easily accommodate a romantic and fun dinner date as well as be the hot spot to cheer on your favorite sports team with the squad. What makes both scenes feasible to me is that there are seven TV’s strategically placed to been seen from anywhere in the restaurant. They’re not in your face or unavoidable which seems to be the case in many “sports bars”. As a woman not religiously devoted to sports, it brought me hope that I could bring my husband to enjoy the game, as well as dinner with me.

As soon as we sat ourselves, complimentary shelled and roasted peanuts were brought out as our drink orders were taken. I got the Roadhouse Original Cocktail which literally was bigger than my face. The waitress, guessing my thoughts, playfully said, “We don’t do anything small here.” She was right! Even the menu was literally large, giving enough options to please all picky eaters, without being excessive. 

Lately, I’ve taken the gross habit of not leaving room for dessert, so this time I chose their “Lite Bite BBQ Ribs” plate that included 3 meaty ribs and 2 side dishes: Mac n’ Cheese & Coleslaw. My date ordered the Pulled Pork Sandwich with a side of Steak Fries that were two fingers thick. He even shared them with me too. Yes, I know, he’s a keeper. 

We knew our food was coming because we could smell it’s journey from the kitchen doors to our table. Smokey, thick, juicy and yes, finger lickin’ good. Every woman eating ribs has to make a decision. Are these ribs good enough to redo my makeup in the bathroom? The answer is yes, ladies. These ribs are worth reapplying foundation to the bottom half of your face and exposing that your lips aren’t naturally bright red with a hint of maroon. (And yes, you are still beautiful.) 

The Mac n’ Cheese was topped with toasted bread crumbs to add texture to the tender noodles coated in thick creamy sauce. The Coleslaw was the first I’d had in a while that actually tasted like vegetables. Typically, some coleslaws are only as good as the dressing, but this was light, fresh, crunchy and bright. It was a nice change and certainly a great compliment to a heavy plate. 

To be honest, this “Lite Bite Plate” still didn’t leave much room for dessert. With some determination and true grit, I managed. Over the peach crisp, pecan pie and molten chocolate cake, I ended up choosing the Roadhouse Bourbon Bread Pudding a la mode. Oh. My. Word. Dinner was fantastic, but the dessert was definitely my favorite part of the meal. If there were a day in between the last day of fall and the first day of winter it would taste like this bread pudding. Symphonies of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, bourbon and butter all woven together in perfect harmony. Sincerely, this was the best dessert I’ve had in a while and worth the trip all on its own.

In conclusion, the Columbia River Roadhouse Restaurant & Sports bar met all my hopes and dreams. I’m delighted to dub it an official “Essential Eats” approved location. If you’re in the mood for some good Southern food, make sure to come on in. Live music is every Friday and Saturday night, 6-8 PM, for the summer. Check out Happy Hour, Weekdays 3-6 PM, and Burger Mondays! 

Let us know what you think of the Roadhouse. As always, don’t be shy to share YOUR “Essential Eats” location! Stay tuned for next week!

Essential Eats: Buoy 9

By Elizabeth De’Vore

Everyone craves comfort food on a rainy day, and there’s no shortage of those on the Oregon Coast. Being new to so much rain, those cravings hit me hard and directed me not once, but twice this past week to Buoy 9 Restaurant & Bar in Hammond. 

The restaurant is split into a comfortable family dining room, spacious patio seating and a bar & lounge that screams “Jack & Coke,” available if you’re 21yrs or older. It’s nice to see a restaurant which can comfortably accommodate Grandma or the guys for a good time.

Personally, I’ve always been a lounge type of girl; dim lights, peanut shells on the floor, stools at awkward heights and that sort of thing. This lounge is what I would imagine the ideal man cave would be like. Walls covered with sports décor and fishing rods, slot machines for those feeling lucky, soft lighting and a beautiful bar fully stocked.

I ordered a Jack & Coke, (of course), side of chowder, meatloaf sandwich and fries. It literally took 7 minutes for everything I ordered to make its way from the kitchen to my table. Great service and what a way to the customer’s heart!

Starting with the chowder. Honestly, I never knew a community that cares more about clam chowder than Clatsop. Everywhere I go, I make sure to try a cup. I say with great consideration that Buoy 9’s homemade clam chowder is my favorite recipe so far. Not only is it perfectly thick, hearty and seasoned beautifully, but you can taste the love. 

The meatloaf sandwich may not have been the most ladylike thing to order, but I have no regrets. It was delicious! Served on buttery, crispy sourdough bread. Drizzled with creamy dressing. Refreshed with lettuce, tomato and onion. It’s the perfect balance to showcase the thick, tender meatloaf that exceeded my comfort food cravings. The fries were crispy, seasoned, piping hot and addictive. If you’re not prepared to eat them all, don’t try one at all!

Earning my highest recommendation, Buoy 9 is officially my go-to “comfort food” spot, and you may find me there again on a rainy day coming soon. 

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