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Peruvian Mango Sea Scallops at The Depot Restaurant in Seaview
This appetizer is a staff favorite because you get three giant, pan-seared Atlantic sea scallops served on top of a traditional sweet and spicy Peruvian mango salsa where the spice of the habanero chili is balanced by the sweetness of the mango. A topping of pickled onions brightens all the flavors. You'll find Peruvian Mango Sea Scallops on the small plates menu for $12 at The Depot Restaurant in Seaview, Washington (360) 642-7880
Lemon Bar at Cannon Beach Bakery
This pick is described as having a nice balance of sweetness and lemony tartness. The lemon layer is dense but oh so silky on top of a light pastry crust. When the two meet in your mouth they fill it with sweet and tangy happiness. The Lemon Bar is available at Cannon Beach Bakery in Cannon Beach, Oregon (503) 436-0399
Carne Asada Quesadilla at The Stand in Seaside
The Carne Asada Quesadilla from the Stand begins with a handmade flour tortilla that is fresh and soft with a little crisp from the grill. Inside is filled with tender pieces of steak with that smoky grilled flavor that mingles with the mild spice of The Stand's fresh pico de gallo. Melty Jack and Cheddar cheeses bring it all together. This is a hit with both staff and readers. The quesadilla is $5.95 at The Stand in Seaside, Oregon
Lemon Vanilla Bean Cheesecake at Fathoms Restaurant in Lincoln City
All of the desserts at Fathoms Restaurant are made fresh daily and the Lemon Vanilla Bean Cheesecake is no exception. The tang of the cheesecake and the tartness of the lemon are balanced by the addition of real vanilla bean and a generous amount of sweet marionberry sauce on top with a dollop of whipped cream on the side. Desserts are priced around $7 at Fathoms Restaurant in Lincoln City, Oregon (541) 994-1601
Pepper Crusted Ahi Sashimi at Twisted Fish Steakhouse
Sashimi at a steakhouse? Yes and the Pepper Crusted Ahi Sashimi at Twisted Fish Steakhouse is delicious. This dish is billed as an appetizer with a generous portion of pepper encrusted ahi tuna cooked rare, along with a small cucumber salad and wasabi and sweet soy sauce on the side for $11. Twisted Fish Steakhouse, Seaside, Oregon (503) 738-3467.
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