Monday, May 9, 2011
WHERE IS FLORENCE?
This is a nice town. You can get 25 different kinds of craft beers here, for starters. Even the local Moose Club serves up a Black Butte Porter. Ahh, the West Coast advantage, good bread and beer.
The town is nicely surrounded by water, woods and sand dunes. The art deco 1930's style draw bridge takes you over the Siuslaw (pronounced say-use-slaw) River. Several fish houses and restaurants feature the abundant fresh Oregon clams, crabs, cod and halibut. In fact, since it was Mother's Day, we had planned to go out for lunch at a well recommended restaurant called the Waterfront Depot after poking around town and visiting the Pioneer Museum.
We found out they were only open for dinner and we were hungry. I ran into a shop and asked the cashier for a second best restaurant in town and she said in a very commanding way, "No, you must go there if you can get a seat. Every one up and down the coast comes to this place. You need a reservation. They are setting up right now. Go to the door and see if they have a spot for you." How could I refuse such an order?
But, they were full. Since they are open 7 days a week we reserved a table for tomorrow instead. The Bay Street Grill served us a nice bowl of clam chowder with excellent sour dough bread.