The Dory Cove was a tiny seafood joint just north of Lincoln City with a dining room full of seafaring kitsch. More importantly, it was the best restaurant on the Oregon Coast, and very likely served the best clam chowder in the world. Sadly, the Dory Cove burned down in late 2006.
About a year later, a new restaurant opened up in Lincoln City - Captain Ron's. It appears that Ron's was the successor to the Dory Cove, inheriting their menu, cookbook and even some kitchen staff. Despite the somewhat less "vintage" appearance, the husband and I checked Captain Ron's out during our trip to the Oregon Coast this spring.
Captain Ron's may have a bit of an identity crisis, but it's rather less than the Dory cove, sadly. Short of a time machine, the Dory Cove is gone, and it will never be replaced. If you do go to Captain Ron's, go for the chowder; somehow it's not as good as at the Dory Cove, but it's quite good. Skip the fried seafood - it was all quite heavy on the "fried" and light on the "seafood".
I am starting a new hobby - glassblowing.
During last month's vacation to the Oregon coast, I blew my own glass float at Lincoln City Glass Center. I recommend trying it yourself if you can't find your own on the sand. I've signed up for a set of lessons at a local hot shop next month and I'm quite looking forward to them.
I enjoy that working with glass is both an art and a technical craft. Each finished piece is absolutely unique, and very different from more common 'arts and crafts'. Most of all, I like the permanence of glass pieces. Practically all of the work I do on computers is intangible, always changeable, and never perfected. Once glass is done, it's done, and it's going to last a very very long time.
A somewhat interesting fact: It's been a long time since Dale Chihuly blew the glass himself. He's more of a director and designer of glassblowing.
Gah! The Dory Cove, home of the best clam chowder in the world, burned down. This chowder could heal just about any bad feelings. It really is a shame. I do hope the owners rebuild, maybe expanding just a tad. I am glad that the hubby and I took and chance and got a fabulous bowl of chowder the last time we were at the Oregon Coast, even though there was a small chance our car wouldn't start again. The car did start, but the chowder was worth it either way.