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Seafood Savvy
Published: 10/06/2015  Updated: 10/18/2018

At Blackfish Cafe in Lincoln City owner and chef Rob Pounding sets a high standard, personally checking every plate that leaves the kitchen.

It's a busy Saturday at Blackfish Café in Lincoln City and chef/owner Rob Pounding is expediting orders. As each dish comes out of the kitchen, Pounding is there to make sure the order is correct and up to the high standards he has set for his kitchen. This is just one of the reasons this is one of my favorite stops for seafood on my Oregon Coast travels. Clearly, training his staff to execute the menu is another of his priorities, but what really brings out Pounding's enthusiasm is sourcing the best local products available. He's licensed to buy fish and shellfish directly from area fisherman and he earnestly praises the local gardener who provides much of the vegetables and herbs he uses. Locally caught rockfish is a menu staple, as are Pacific Scallops, but when available fresh from the fishermen, you'll find halibut, salmon and tuna among the seafood offerings on the menu. There are always great options for non-seafood eaters too, but for me, it's hard to resist going with what the chef is most excited about. On my last visit, it was fresh halibut served over a crab and asparagus risotto surrounded by a roasted red pepper beurre blanc. The meal left me excited for my next visit to see what's fresh and I fully expect to see Rob checking every plate as it leaves the kitchen. Blackfish Café, Lincoln City (541) 996-1007 - By Gary Hayes

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