Smoked Salmon Jerky
Josephson's Smokehouse in Astoria is a smoked fish wonderland. They smoke the wild-caught salmon all sorts of ways: with garlic pepper, with spicy pepper, or in a wine-maple marinade, soaked for 24 hours then hot-smoked. Sweet salmon candy.
Dungeness Crab Melt
In addition to the fried salmon and chips we ordered at Bell Buoys, there was this crab melt. We couldn't stop talking about it the rest of the trip. Toasted white bread covered in a warm layer of melted Tillamook cheddar, green onions, a bit of mayo mixed in, and the sweet Dungeness crab meat piled on top. It's like an open-faced grilled cheese with a mountain of fresh local crab, and it's exactly what you want to be eating in Seaside, Oregon (what a great name for a seaside town).
Smoked Salmon Collar
Nextdoor to the Bell Buoy's restaurant there's a little seafood market where you can find all manner of fish, fresh or smoked. This salmon collar is a must-try, especially since you don't see the collar cut that often. It's the oiliest part of the fish, right behind the gills, which means it's extra high in those omega-3s. Peel back the fatty skin to find dark, smoky meat that's so intensely oily, my fingers were still glistening even after five napkins. One of the best morsels is hiding under the fin.
Salmon Collar Meat
Not salmon-colored at all, it actually kind of resembled dark turkey meat.
Mr. Crab, still alive at this point
Along the 101 in Rockaway Beach, pull into Kelly's Crabs marina to catch your own crab on the docks, or have a guy wearing hip-high orange wader boots do it for you. Here's our crab about to be plopped into a giant pot.
Seating at Kelly's
Grab a green picnic table or a wooden seat at the fire pit. Doesn't get much better than chilling here, breathing in all that smoky, salty air while your crab steams.
We enjoyed these gorgeous oysters from Netarts Bay in northern Oregon. At Kelly's Marina, they're steamed so they plump up in their deep shells.
Mr. Crab, ready to eat
Time to grab the crab-cracker! Maggie and I went to work cracking open each leg, digging out every last morsel of the sweet crab meat, made even better by a dip into the melted butter cavity.
Oyster in Crab
Even the oyster needed a dip in the crab butter.