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The Mouth: Salt Hotel & Pub sweats the details
The Mouth: Salt Hotel & Pub sweats the details

A stroll through the Port of Ilwaco is transportive. Cross from solid ground to the bobbing docks and you might as well be in an alternate dimension. Gaze upon the resting boats, marvel at the wonder and mystery of life at sea. It is at once romantic...

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The Mouth: Market meals embrace coastal smorgasbord
The Mouth: Market meals embrace coastal smorgasbord

Last week’s column highlighted farmers market purveyors. This week we turn to the food courts. There’s one at a each market. (For times and locations, see the sidebar.)

The best market meals take advantage of the smorgasbord of...

The Mouth: Get thee to farmers markets, lickety-split
The Mouth: Get thee to farmers markets, lickety-split

It was June. I bit into a freshly picked strawberry and to my tongue it was declared: “Summer has arrived.”

I didn’t find such stirring, evocative pleasure in one of those mealy, genetically modified monsters at the grocery...

The Mouth responds to readers
The Mouth responds to readers

It’s your turn! This week’s column is made of reader’s letters to the Mouth. I love it when y’all take the time to write, and I’d love it if y’all did it more often!

In hopes of continuing the...

Cannon Beach's Harding Trading Co. nears perfection
Cannon Beach's Harding Trading Co. nears perfection

Under the curatorial eye of Jane Harding, perfecting interior design takes about two years.

At FishMongers, the barrel-chested fish sandwich is where it's at
At FishMongers, the barrel-chested fish sandwich is where it's at

It’s rather fitting that just hours before I discovered FishMongers I stood wide-eyed in disbelief at the absurd line assembled in front of Bowpicker in Astoria.

Mouth: Los Tacos Locos: quick and easy, meat-and-cheesy
Mouth: Los Tacos Locos: quick and easy, meat-and-cheesy

Now, thanks to Los Tacos Locos, whenever I pass the red kiosk just north of Seaside High on Highway 101, I’ll be tempted to pull over for a quick mulita.

The cheesy, gooey, meaty little disc is a mood elevator that’s cheap enough...

Mouth: Shelburne Inn a historic setting to savor local bounty
Mouth: Shelburne Inn a historic setting to savor local bounty

Every hour, at about five till, the Shelburne Inn’s grandfather clock emits a metallic clang. The clock, built in Glasgow by Robert Robertson in 1780, predates the Shelburne — Washington State’s longest continually running hotel,...

The Mouth: Beach N’ Brew is, humbly, what it is
The Mouth: Beach N’ Brew is, humbly, what it is

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Beach N’ Brew doesn’t pretend to be anything but what it is: a dive-y blue-collar pub with some greasy grub.

A block south of Broadway in downtown Seaside, Beach N’...

Mudd Dogs’ Chicago-style hot dogs ‘right on the money’
Mudd Dogs’ Chicago-style hot dogs ‘right on the money’

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According to the The National Hot Dog & Sausage Council (yes, there is such a thing), Americans devour some 150 million hot dogs every Fourth of July. What’s more, between Memorial and Labor days our dear...

The Mouth: Hot Box BBQ presents luscious, irresistible, inexpensive bite of pig
The Mouth: Hot Box BBQ presents luscious, irresistible, inexpensive bite of pig

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Some owners see their food carts like pit stops on the road toward restaurant-dom. But with brick-and-mortar can come a desire to expand offerings from the confines of a cart, where there’s no room for...