Dinner at Pirate’s Cove (Garibaldi, OR)

Whenever on the Oregon coast, we seek out fried razor clams, especially in season. Down the street from our lodging (Garibaldi House) was Pirate’s Cove, a seafood restaurant that happened to have the clams on their regular menu but featured them on the specials board as well. The menu has a long list of seafood preparations that feature shellfish, crustaceans and fish. We simply ordered the razor clams off the menu, as well as a ling cod and Dungeness crab combination from the board.

The razor clams were curiously flavorless, or I should say the extraordinary taste of the clams was very subdued. Perhaps they had been previously frozen and then rinsed too much, I don’t know. Though they emerged from the kitchen with a nice golden crust, I’ve never had razors so insipid.

Fried razor clams
Fried razor clams

A Parmesan batter coated the ling cod, which tasted fresh, accompanied by shelled Dungeness crab leg meat. There was certainly nothing to complain about here, but not anything worth singing praises about either.

Parmesan-crusted ling cod and Dungeness crab
Parmesan-crusted ling cod and Dungeness crab

Pirate’s Cove
14170 Hwy 101 N.
Garibaldi, OR 97118


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