BIPOC and Woman-Owned Restaurants on the Oregon Coast
The North Coast is well-known for mouth-watering food and drinks; there’s an opportunity for new culinary experiences from diverse, unique perspectives. Read on for BIPOC and women-owned restaurants and businesses to visit on your next trip.
Located within Seaside’s historic Carousel Mall, Caffe Latte has been a favorite place for a good cup of coffee by locals and tourists alike since 1989. Earlier this year, longtime employee Krista Howsden became the new owner, taking the reins from Julie Jesse who ran Caffe Latte for 26 years. Enjoy fresh-roasted whole bean coffee prepared to your liking while you admire the famous carousel. And pick up a gift or collectible, such as aprons, coffee mugs, Hydro Flasks, or kitchen items, on your visit to carry that Caffe Latte magic with you wherever you go.
Thai Me Up
Dine on authentic Thai cuisine in a beautiful and relaxed atmosphere at Thai Me Up in Seaside or at their riverfront location in Astoria. What started as a food cart has turned into a go-to restaurant for fresh, traditional dishes such as Larb, papaya salad and crab fried rice, as well numerous curries and stir-fried meals. Perhaps what they are most known for is their wide selection of deep-fried Thai-style chicken wings that are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. If you’re craving spicy and flavorful food, put Thai Me Up at the top of your list.
Seaside Coffee House
Like a home away from home, Seaside Coffee House gives their guests a comfortable living-room atmosphere, tasty food, and of course – great coffee. In addition to pouring fresh coffee to your liking, they also offer breakfast, lunch, grilled sandwiches, and salads. This cozy and affordably-priced spot is open early to jump start your day, and it’s a short, convenient walk for visitors attending events at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center.
Cannon Beach Chocolate Cafe
Co-owned by two talented women, the Cannon Beach Chocolate Cafe serves delicious house-made chocolate truffles and other chocolate treats such as hot chocolate, chocolate-covered macaroons, cookies, and chocolate croissants. They also offer incredible coffee drinks, from espresso to their best-selling mochas, as well as a wide selection of teas. In the spring and summer months, they help customers cool down with handmade milkshakes. Be sure to try the Legendary Chocolate Milkshake. All of their chocolate drinks start with real 70% Colombian chocolate that is melted down to make their own chocolate sauce for a taste that can’t be beat.
Mi Corazon Mexican Cuisine
For innovative and authentic Mexican food made with love, look no further than Mi Corazon Mexican Cuisine in Cannon Beach. From an elegant, upscale setting, enjoy dishes such as tequila fajitas, mole, seafood tacos, enchiladas rojas, and more. Everything is made in-house, with organic produce, and the freshness of each meal is readily apparent. Customers also rave about the homemade chips paired with various salsas, guacamole, or as a full-on nacho meal. They also provide an exceptional drink menu with original creations and classic margarita masterpieces.
Satisfy your sweet tooth in Cannon Beach with memorable, made-from-scratch cupcakes from Simply Cakes. Each cupcake is large, moist, fluffy and filled with fun flavors like coconut creme, peanut butter, raspberry, or lemon. If you happen to be in Cannon Beach on the weekend, call in an order for homemade cinnamon rolls on Saturday and pick them up fresh out of the oven on Sunday morning!
Eunice Chiweshe Goldstein Winery
As Oregon’s first Black female winery owner, Eunice Chiweshe Goldstein has established herself as a winemaker who uses her platform for progress. Recently featured on the cover of Oregon Wine Press magazine, Goldstein creates what she calls “purpose wine.” Each month she selects a charity or organization to support, and a percentage of her wine sales are donated. She also bottles special releases to highlight specific causes, such as her ‘Pinot Noir For Parkinson’s’ or her ‘Pandemic Relief Rosé’, which help support specific causes for a longer duration.
It’s rare to find baked goods that look as amazing as they taste, but The Naked Lemon Bakery hits that mark and then some. Stop in for stunning sweet creations from native-Astorian Aleesha Serrita Nedd, or place a cake order to celebrate life’s special moments. The shop specializes in magazine-worthy cakes, cupcakes, and French macarons that manage to be crispy, chewy, and fluffy all at the same time. The Naked Lemon Bakery also keeps things interesting for their customers with limited-time offerings of other delicious treats such as danishes, cheesecakes, arlettes, scones, and more.
Brut Wine Bar
Come enjoy a glass of wine in the heart of Astoria at Brut Wine Bar. They offer wines by the glass from around the world, select wines from the Northwest, and often promote diverse local and regional winemakers. The owner, Lisa Parks, makes all of her guests feel welcome and guides them with her superb vintage knowledge. This is also an excellent place to purchase wine by the bottle to taste on site or carry home. Not in the mood for wine? Brut also offers beer and cider as well as small plates, such as charcuterie, to snack on.