Apr 14

Pig 'N Pancake in Cannon Beach, OR

For breakfast today, we decided to go to Pig 'N Pancake in Cannon Beach, OR.  The place is in downtown Cannon Beach so it wasn't hard to get to.  The place looked pretty nice from the outside as well.

The menu was pretty much what I expected of a place called "Pig 'N Pancake."  Mostly breakfast food with some lunch type things as well.  I went simple with pancakes, eggs, toast, and bacon.  The bacon was done the way I like it.  Cooked, but not too crunchy.  The rest was pretty standard breakfast food.  It wasn't the greatest food, but it wasn't bad either.  The prices were decent as well.

Overall, there isn't much to say about this place.  If you want a place that has a decent american breakfast, this will be a good place to go.  It isn't too pricy and the food is good.  I would eat there again, but I am not going to go out of my way to eat here either.


Apr 14

Ace Hotel breakfast in Portland, OR

This morning we went to breakfast at Ace Hotel.  I know that this one isn't exactly fair, since you can only get it if you are staying at the Ace Hotel, but I figured I would review it anyways since the food is made at the attached restaurant.

I will start by saying this is one of the best continental type breakfasts I have ever had at a hotel.  Their slogan is "Everything is made in Oregon, expect for the New York Times."  On a daily basis they have local breads, cheeses, dry-cured meats, and house made granola.  They also had homemade jam and local honey.  They also had the basics like bread, coffee, tea, and OJ.  I fell in love with the granola they were serving.  Adding a little dried fruit and honey made it so very good.  Everything there was fresh, flavorful, and good for you.

If you are ever staying at the Ace Hotel (which is nice, if a little pricy) I would recommend going to eat their breakfast.

Apr 14

Johnny's Harborside Restaurant in Santa Cruz, CA

On Saturday, we decided to go down to Johnny's Harborside in Santa Cruz.  It came recommended by locals, so we decided to give it a chance.  We went down for an early dinner.  The place wasn't too busy, but it had people.  It had a great location right on the harbor and the building itself was very nice and open, with fresh sea air blowing in.

For appetizers, we had Cornmeal Crusted Soft Shell Crab and the Chili Fried Calamari.  The Soft Shell Crab was delicious.  I had never had soft shell crab with cornmeal and I was very happy with their resulting dish.  The calamari had a little kick to it, but not so much that it was overpowering the food it self.  It was actually very subtle, but it really added to the dish.  When I go back, I will probably have both of these again.

I decided to have the fish and chips, since I was told that I couldn't go wrong with them.  And they were right.  It was Tempura Battered Alaskan Cod and I got the 3 piece meal. The pieces were very large and they were cooked to perfection.  It was some of the best battered fish I have every had. For the chips, I went with the half sweet potato/half rosemary fries.  I was not disappointed.  Both of the fry types were very good; the rosemary was a nice addition to the regular fries and the sweet potato fries were cooked well.

Overall, this is a great restaurant to go if you are in a seafood mood.  The meal I got was not expensive at all, but they had all the normal things you would expect at a seafood restaurant as well.  Some of it was pricier, but that is the nature of seafood.  I will be going back to this restaurant again and I recommend you do too.