Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: Astoria
By Lori McKean
Published: 06/07/2012  Updated: 08/08/2019
Photos by Gary Hayes

Can't-miss spots for a day of dining out in Astoria.

BREAKFAST: Blue Scorcher Bakery Cafe
Everything on the menu is made with local organic ingredients sourced by owners Iris Sullivan and her husband Joe Garrison. Deliciousness lives in the details here, where they even toast and hand-grind the spices that go into their beans. Breakfasts made with local Puget Island eggs include a savory breakfast quiche, and spicy Huevos Scorcheros made with poached eggs, rice, black beans, salsa and cheese, among other options. Housemade artisan pastries and breads include delicious scones, walnut cardamom rolls, croissants, and much more. Pick up a copy of your favorite newspaper or magazine, savor a cup of coffee made with locally roasted Astoria Coffee Roaster's organic coffee and enjoy the view of the Columbia River.

LUNCH: T Paul's Urban Cafe
Hearty quesadillas, big fresh salads, soul warming pastas and delicious sandwiches will fill you up. Start with New England clam chowder or fresh-made soup of the day, then move on to one of T Paul's fresh salads, such as fresh Dungeness crab salad made with feta cheese, sundried tomato and baby spinach. Inventive quesadillas include a roasted chicken and fresh shrimp quesadilla with jack and cheddar cheese, and their popular Mona Lisa chicken quesadilla, noted by one diner as "crazy good." Under sandwiches, look for "The Gobbler," made with roast turkey, apple-smoked bacon, bay shrimp and basil-pesto cream cheese, and a grilled salmon burger.

DINNER: Bridgewater Bistro
Treat yourself to the most fantastic setting on the Columbia River and some of the region's finest cuisine. Veteran restaurateurs, Ann and Tony Kischner, along with chef Red Pelletier, bring this restaurant to life. Located right on the river, the Bistro offers views extending up and down the Columbia River, across to the Long Beach Peninsula. The Bridgewater Bistro menu is seasonal and changes according to the freshest ingredients available. You can make a meal of "Small Plates," or enjoy them as appetizers. New summer offerings include fresh rock shrimp Ceviche–shrimp, marinated in fresh citrus juices, tossed with cilantro and red onion. Also new are duck sliders with fresh mango chutney, artichoke fritters and Willapa Bay Kumamoto oysters on the half shell with cranberry ver jus. The dinner menu offers wild King salmon with East Indian rub and cucumber-yogurt riata, chicken and wild mushroom Marsala, and petit pork tenderloin "steak frites" with grilled onion, sweet potato fries and Red's River Barbecue Sauce.

Blue Scorcher Bakery Cafe
1493 Duane Street
(503) 338-7473

T Paul's Urban Cafe
1119 Commercial Street
(503) 338-5133

Bridgewater Bistro
20 Basin Street, Suite A
(503) 325-6777
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: Astoria