Coast Explorer Magazine - The Explorer's Guide to the Oregon Coast and Washington Coast
Facebook Email Twitter Instagram Pinterest
Read Coastal Explorer Visit Destinations in Coastal Explorer Coastal Explorer Calendar of Events
Thinking Small in Astoria
Published: 02/20/2012
Gary Hayes

Bridgewater's small plates menu inspired by Spanish tapas offers flavors of the Northwest.

At Bridgewater Bistro in Astoria, you don't have to think about a big dinner. You can think small. Small plates that is. Bridgewater's small plates menu inspired by Spanish tapas offers flavors of the Northwest and beyond that can be enjoyed as starters or combined to make a meal. It's hard to get more Northwest than with small plate offerings such as the Willapa Bay Oyster sampler with oysters served three ways or Crab-scargot with Dungeness Crab bathed in garlic, herb and hazelnut butter. It's also hard to get more Astoria than the Swedish meatballs. The newest small plate blends a tradition of south Spain with Northwest style. Bridewater's boquerones feature locally pickled anchovies mixed with smoked mozzarella and tomatoes on bruschetta. Another favorite menu item is the chili-lime prawns. They're dusted with chili powder and sautéed for some punch, but are nicely balanced by a honey-lime aioli on the side. The small plates menu encourages delving into big taste sensations. Bridgewater Bistro is located on the riverfront just south of the Astoria Bridge, telephone: (503) 325-6777. - By Gary Hayes

"Location, location, location" is any realtor's mantra and, from that standpoint, the lounge at Astoria's Bridgewater Bistro is at the... [read more]
Some of Astoria's top chefs share their favorite Northwest delicacies for the culinary season. There are many things to enjoy... [read more]
Can't-miss spots for a day of dining out in Astoria. BREAKFAST: Blue Scorcher Bakery Cafe Everything on the menu is... [read more]
Sponsored Links
  • Astoria Dining
    Innovative regional casual and fine dining served in a historic boatyard on the Columbia riverfront. Full menu includes small plates...
  • Astoria Activities and Attractions
    An extensive collection of firefighting equipment and memorabilia from Clatsop County dating back to 1877 are on view at the...
  • Astoria Activities and Attractions
    Housed in the old Clatsop County Jail that was featured in The Goonies, the museum invites visitors to explore the...
to Coast Explorer
Subscribe to Coast Explorer Magazine now and don't miss another issue featuring our beautiful photography and design, interesting feature stories and guides to coastal attractions, events, dining, shopping, arts and lodging. Annual subscriptions (3 issues) are only $15