“I have no idea.” was my response. “I guess we’ll find out.” And then we walked through the doors of Bridgewater Ocean Fresh Fish House & Zebra Bar (BOFFH&ZB).
But back to BOFFH&ZB. The restaurant is located in one of the historic Old Town Florence buildings. “Several Old Town buildings come with pedigrees. Most notable is the 1901 William Kyle & Sons Building at the corner of Bay and Laurel streets. A two-story, false-fronted Italianate structure, it served as a mercantile until 1961.
During our time in the Pacific Northwest, we have been mercifully spared the “nautical kitsch” so often seen in Atlantic Northeast seafood houses. We haven’t seen nets draped on walls. We haven’t seen large ships’ wheels. Nor have we seen buoys and stacks of lobster traps. But I wasn’t prepared for an African safari motif in a fish house on the Oregon Coast. There are zebra striped rugs,
For entrées you could choose from: linguini marinara with scallops, prawns, and fish blended with tomato and garlic marinara; Alfredo prawn linguini topped with sautéed garlic Tiger prawns; smoked salmon pesto linguini tossed with basil and parmesan pesto and topped local honey-smoked salmon; and shellfish cioppino containing fish and a variety of crab, prawns, steamer clams, mussels, and scallops.
Chuck opted for a cup of chowder and two appetizers. The chowder was thicker than I like which means that it is just as Chuck likes and contained bacon, clams, fish, and shrimp.
And here is an interesting phenomenon that we have encountered at a number of Oregon restaurants. I am sitting watching the food orders coming to the tables around us. And right across the table was a party of four, each of whom had ordered an entrée plus soup or chowder. And all four received the soup/chowder at the same time as the entrées. Having had the same occur with us at other restaurants, we can only surmise that this is the Oregon norm.
To accompany both his chowder and menu item to follow, he selected BOFFH&ZB’s appetizer of warm crusty bread that came with small cups of regular butter, roasted garlic butter, and garlic pesto.
And rounding out his meal was the appetizer plate of three panko coated and fried Dungeness crab cakes.
This was an enjoyable lunch. Not one to be memorable but enjoyable enough to merit 4.0 Addies.
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.
* I had to look these up, too. “Although Zubaz began as a line of shorts, the brand was extended into long pants, caps, shirts, and even diapers. The pants are tapered at the ankle, with the outer part of the leg being longer than the inner part. They have an elastic waistband to allow for greater flexibility and movement. The pants were originally created in a zebra print, but later began to be sold in almost any design imaginable” (wikipedia.org).
But the day wasn’t over. As we are walking back to The Big White Truck, Chuck sees the sign for B.J.’s Ice Cream. “It’s too cold for ice cream.” I tell him. But then he sees the sign saying salt water taffy. So into B.J.’s we go.