Beach Blog Nov 2017

Who knew that one of the best restaurants in Lincoln City is just outside of town!

In this case, Gleneden Beach, a quaint village just south of Salishan Spa and Golf Resort. Gleneden Beach has always been regarded as a “little sister” to Lincoln City. But this little sister has a culinary ace up her sleeve…Side Door Café.

TURKEY TROT OVER TO THE SIDE DOOR CAFE

Located in the heart of Gleneden Beach, Side Door Café shares a space with Eden Hall, an events center known for live music and weddings. Step inside the café and you feel instantly transported to Europe. Gothic murals accented by potted plants and warm colors envelop you upon entering. Tables with white linens and soft, modern-luxury chairs are neatly placed around the small space…a setting so romantic one might feel out of place dining alone.

This eatery is a known hot spot for romantics. But the element that keeps people coming back is the food. The menu is an eclectic mix of traditional American, Italian and French dishes. From the classic hamburger, to wild mushroom ravioli and their signature “Quiche of the Day,” Side Door Café’s inspirations are all over the map. And since you’re on the Oregon Coast, they have no shortage of coastal seafood dishes. The Salmon Cakes, a coastal spin of the traditional crab cakes, are made fresh with a lemon yogurt sauce. Even their Caesar Salad has coastal flair with a hearty helping of fresh Dungeness crab on top.

Saving room for dessert is a difficult task on two counts. Not only are the main entrees generous in their portions, but the desserts are even bigger. Order a slice of the homemade Coconut Cream Pie or, given the holiday season, try the salted caramel pumpkin cheesecake.

Most restaurants on the Oregon Coast, during the holiday season, go into a cruise control mode…slogging through the winter doldrums waiting patiently for the spring bump in patrons. Not at the Side Door Café. Every Thanksgiving weekend, they host the Eden “Hall”idays Makers Fair, featuring wine tastings, local artisans and handmade goods for sale. The cornerstone of the celebration is Side Door Café’s revered Thanksgiving dinner.

Thanksgiving dinner service is held from Noon to 6pm and is by reservation only. Word has gotten out about the feast, and seats fill up fast for this once a year holiday treat. Fortunate patrons who are able to secure a reservation are treated to a four-course meal that would make a Pilgrim blush. Trying to decide between a main entrée of Rosemary Roasted Turkey, Prime Rib, Braised Lamb Shank or Herb Crusted Salmon is enough to stir up a bit of family drama at the dinner table. Bookended by Butternut Squash Bisque and homemade Pumpkin Pie with Maple Ginger Whip Cream, the fall season never tasted so eloquent.

For more information on Side Door Café, visit their website or call 541-764-3825.

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