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The Mouth: Fulio’s chef dreams up exciting, borderless specials
The Mouth: Fulio’s chef dreams up exciting, borderless specials

Sean Whittaker has earned his stripes.

Teamed with Jonathan Hoffman, Whittaker scored back-to-back wins in the Iron Chef Goes Coastal competition in 2014 and 2015. In a pressure-packed stopwatch environment, in front of judges and a crowd of...

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The Mouth: Cannon Beach Smokehouse a stickler for detail
The Mouth: Cannon Beach Smokehouse a stickler for detail

The words to describe Cannon Beach — an expensive, refined, quaint resort town — could well cover its restaurants.

What you won’t find much of: youth and modernity.

But with the Cannon Beach Smokehouse, the glimmers of...

The Mouth: An EVOO evening is a class, dinner, show rolled into one
The Mouth: An EVOO evening is a class, dinner, show rolled into one

While you’ll certainly leave satiated, perhaps even elated, EVOO is not exactly a restaurant.

Because restaurants don’t send you home with their recipes. And they don’t ask you to introduce yourself to the group, or offer to...

The Mouth: North Beach Tavern’s pub grub is small in size, easy on the wallet
The Mouth: North Beach Tavern’s pub grub is small in size, easy on the wallet

The scene repeated almost like a skipping record: a customer entered the North Beach Tavern to the greetings of patrons and staff alike. For many Long Beach residents, the Tavern is a place where everybody...

The Mouth: The Fishermen meets the tourist-pleasing bar — and sometimes clears it
The Mouth: The Fishermen meets the tourist-pleasing bar — and sometimes clears it

For a time The Fishermen, one of four stalls in Seaside’s mini food court on Broadway St., served only chowder and fish and chips. That changed with ownership early this year.

After years of working in area restaurants, including the Pig...

The Mouth: February’s flurry of food festivals
The Mouth: February’s flurry of food festivals

Despite a few glints of spring’s approach, February can be a trying time ’round these parts. We’re cold, wet, cooped up and over it.

So I give mighty thanks to February’s flurry of festivals — among them...

The Mouth: Mai Tong fills Thai gap in Astoria cuisine
The Mouth: Mai Tong fills Thai gap in Astoria cuisine

When the Mai Tong Thai Food truck opened at the end of October, Astoria’s two and a half years without Thai cuisine came to a merciful end.

I’m surprised it took so long. Since Astoria’s Blue Ocean Thai Cuisine shut in...

The Mouth: A critic’s look at the 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards
The Mouth: A critic’s look at the 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards

Depending on your vantage, here comes either the wet blanket or voice of reason as I weigh in on the 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards, published last week.

First, though, let me thank everyone who voted. The results are...

The Mouth: At Gray Whale BBQ & Grill, stick to tender, smoky meats
The Mouth: At Gray Whale BBQ & Grill, stick to tender, smoky meats

Smoke is the lifeblood of Seaside’s Gray Whale BBQ & Grill. You get a noseful as soon as you open the door. After dining, it sticks around.

Some 30 minutes or maybe even an hour later, the smoky vapors maintained their residence...

The Mouth: San Dune Pub a solid stop for picky burger-eaters
The Mouth: San Dune Pub a solid stop for picky burger-eaters

A friend of mine is a conscious eater who shops mindfully at co-ops for whole foods and organic ingredients. During the summer you’ll find him at most every farmers market. On his own farm he raises goats for milk.

My friend isn’t...

The Mouth: Thoughtful sips and nibbles at MacGregor’s Whiskey Bar
The Mouth: Thoughtful sips and nibbles at MacGregor’s Whiskey Bar

For a time I drank Wild Turkey. I drank Wild Turkey because Hunter S. Thompson drank Wild Turkey. (Thompson also guzzled Chivas Regal, Bloody Marys, Heineken and just about anything else he could get his twisted mitts on.)

With a charitable eye,...