Dining out in Seaside- 2018 Edition

My family and I went to Seaside, Oregon again this fall. There aren't tons of restaurants like Seattle because Seaside is a small town and so are the towns around it. But, I am able to try new places on every visit. Here are four places we dined at this year in Seaside.

Beach Burrito

Beach Burrito, located next to Safeway, had really good reviews on Yelp. But we found the food not tasty at all. My chicken quesadilla was mushy and not flavorful. Their choices of salsa weren't good, as they only had a spicy salsa and a tomatillo sauce. I asked for guacamole and tomatillo and they put them inside the quesadilla, making the whole thing mushy. But the frozen yogurt saved the day. Although it seemed too soft coming out of the dispenser, the flavors were there. They also had decent toppings such as macaroon pieces, white chocolate chips, and even boba. Luckily I like really soft fro-yo and ice cream, so it tasted delicious to me. I got a big serving because I thought my family was going to share, but it was all me in the end, and I got a brain freeze!

Ruby's Roadside Grill

Ruby's Roadside Grill ended up being just right for us. It was family friendly, all of the places we dined at during our trip to Northern Oregon were. Ruby's was also dog friendly, although we don't have a dog, they had food for them on the menu, and a outside patio for them to chill. They also had a fire pit with ample seating and corn hole games, which my family loves to play. This is the place to eat if you love burgers and hot dogs. They also have various salads if you want to eat healthier. Ruby's drew my attention because of the unique look of the exterior. It used to be a gas station. Only in Oregon, right? Ruby's felt rustic and fun.

I had the Cabo Burger which had pepper jack cheese, avocado, lettuce, tomato, pickled red onions, and a garlic aioli. To go with the burger I also had fries, and they serve crinkly fries, which I love. Since we were in Oregon I wanted to try some local Pinot Nior.  My burger wasn't get out of town good and it was a little overcooked. I asked for it medium, but there wasn't any pink to the beef. My boys each had a hot dog, called a Puppy Dog from the kid's menu, but they didn't touch them and went for the fries instead. My husband went vegetarian that meal and had a Caesar Salad and the Smashed Potatoes without the bacon. Then as a surprise for the boys, we each had an ice cream cone with vanilla soft serve. We ate them outside while we played a round of corn hole.

Big Kahuna

Big Kahuna is one of those lively places in town where all of the tourists go. They have fun cocktails like a Bloody Mary stacked high with shrimp, a pepperoni stick, celery, olives, and more. Their menu is pretty "beachy" with burgers, seafood, pizza, and sandwiches. My husband loves a good Bloody Mary so he chose one of those and I had a Cadillac Margarita. Both drinks were strong but the overall flavors weren't there. For food, I went with the Coconut Prawns. I enjoyed them since its a dish I don't usually order or make at home. The restroom was fun because of the shark painted on the floor and the tropical theme painted on all of the walls. Big Kahuna was fun and a place you should try once if you're in Seaside.  
Las Olas

Las Olas felt like a hidden gem in Seaside. Even though they are located right along the main tourist strip on Broadway, I'd never noticed it before. We ended up being impressed. The cocktails were inexpensive, yet strong, and fancy looking. My drink had blue Curacao and was very bright and pretty. My husband had a crazy looking cocktail with tomato juice. It had shrimp, oranges, and limes as a garnish, and then had a beer inside of it. It was only ten bucks for the drink, which I couldn't believe.

The food was also really good, some of the best Mexican we've eaten. My husband had the Chicken Mole and he loved it. I ordered a combination plate with a Chicken Enchilada, a Chicken Chimichanga, and rice and beans. I ordered a big plate so I could have leftovers for lunch the next day. My sons shared a cheese Quesadilla. They serving was big for a kid's menu item and there was enough left over to snack on the next day as well. This is the spot for Mexican in Seaside, and I'm sure we will be returning some day.


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