Oregon is home to a lot of restaurants and bars, but there are tons of hidden gems that the majority of Portlanders aren't unearthing. To help guide us to these potential discoveries, we've enlisted some of our city's many food players to share their recommendations for a weekly feature dubbed Dining Confidential.
Krysta Kelley opened Catering By Caprice, a private chef, catering, and craft service business, in November of 1990 to share her passion for food with her clients. After a two-year stint as the live-in chef to Princess Yasmin Aga Khan between Park City, Utah and Southhampton, New York, she worked the Olympics in 2002 and in various resort towns before coming home in 2005. Currently she takes care of her clients' needs from a commercial kitchen in Beaverton, doing both private and corporate catering as well as set catering and craft services in the Northwest. But any time work takes her to the North Oregon Coast, you can be sure to find her at the Warren House Pub at Tolovana Beach.
The Warren House Pub at Tolovana Beach, just south of Cannon Beach, is a longtime favorite of both locals and savvy tourists. Bill's Tavern was our beloved local hangout in Cannon Beach until owner Ken Campbell tore it down to rebuild it as Bill's Brewpub, to take advantage of [guests'] love of microbrews. Many of us locals were sad over the loss of our beloved Bill's, where so many of us had learned to drink as 21 year-olds — with its beach-sanded smooth floors, strong drinks, great burgers, and pool table — so after a while, Ken bought the Warren House, and the rest is delicious history.
Mostly every shift is headed up by one the Turpentine brothers, chefs Darren and Larry Peters, who create the fantastic food we have all come to love. There is a pool table, outdoor patio seating, and the same great craft cocktails and microbrews we all missed and loved at the original Bill's Tavern. Everything on the menu is made in-house, including all the smoked seafoods which come from a smoker on-site. Their menu has a great variety of options, with the Reuben and Oyster Burgers among the local favorites. The RuPaul cocktail (an adult root beer float ) is not to be missed on a hot summer night!