There’s nothing like eating a basket full of fish and chips with a view of the Pacific Ocean, right? Too bad we’re approaching the end of 2020, which has made running off to the coast more... complicated. Sure, some people feel ready to buckle up, hit Cannon Beach, and snag a few baskets of halibut and chips. However, others are feeling far from ready to leave the county, let alone sit down in a restaurant on the coast. Plus, there’s the whole “Do I feel ready to stay in a hotel?” thing, which adds a whole other layer of stress to what was supposed to be a relaxing weekend. Nothing is easy anymore; life just keeps introducing new risk evaluations whenever anyone suggests a potential activity or outing.
Anyway, Portland has some fish and chips shops, too. Some of them even serve Oregon-caught seafood. Seafood markets and restaurants have created takeout windows, restaurateurs have opened new fish-and-chips shops or pop-ups, and longstanding fish carts have been frying away through the year. Those desperate enough can order a fish-and-chips basket for takeout and listen to this recording of the waves at Cannon Beach. It’s not perfect, sure, but it’s good enough. Those ready to hit the beach can check out this list of Oregon Coast fish-and-chips shops. Per usual, this map is not ranked; rather, it’s organized geographically.
A number of Portland restaurants have resumed outdoor dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.Read More