There are a two reasons why you should stop in Port Orford, OR on your next Oregon coast road trip. The first one is the majestic view from the seaside. The second is to have lunch at the Crazy Norwegian’s Fish and Chips.
When my friend and I first passed this little town on the 101, it was dusk but we could still make out the amazing view of the ocean and the silhouette of the giant rocks that rest out in the water. It looked as if a giant tossed them out there. Of course I know it is the result of years of erosion but it is more fun to imagine the giant. We were so taken by the view that we decided to come back the next day.
The first restaurant that you see after you are done ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the rocks off the coast is Redfish. I am sure this is a very fine establishment and the reviews I saw were all good. If you have the money to spend, by all means, check them out. They have the view and I have a sneaking suspicion that it is part of the price that you pay for a meal here.
If you are anything like me (I am guessing you are since you are reading this blog), you go for the places with more character and are attracted to things less glamorous and more memorable. That is why I ate lunch at the Crazy Norwegian’s Fish and Chips.
The inside of the Crazy Norwegian is very um, decorated. Imagine cramming in all your Norwegian grandmother’s memorabilia in one room and you’d be close to what this place looks like on the inside. As a Scandinavian, I really enjoyed seeing all the decorative plates and the little sayings cross stitched on various things. It definitely makes the wait shorter for your food, as all food is made to order (as it should be everywhere). If you go here, do pay special attention to the random electrical outlets in the wall that seem to serve no purpose; we found them very amusing. There could very well be a crazy Norwegian living in this very restaurant.
If you read this before you have lunch, do save some room. My shrimp sandwich had lots of shrimp and was a good size, not to mention affordable and delicious. Everything was fresh and the shrimp tasted more like the shrimp I am used to from Sweden, maybe because of the colder water on the OR coast being similar to the Atlantic? I am just guessing. They are smaller and more flavorful, which was of course a good thing, I love me some shrimp! My friend had the veggie burger and I assume she liked it because she ate all of it.
If you for whatever reason already had lunch when you arrive, at least buy a slice of the Razzleberry pie. It is just the perfect balance between sweet and tart and the crust is soft enough to not crumble everywhere. Unfortunately, my half of the pie took a nose dive onto the floor of our rental. The Welcome to California sign came up really fast and my friend stood on the breaks so that we can get a picture under it. Fortunately, I implemented the 5 second rule, picked it up, blew on it and ate around any suspicious looking “berry” parts. I am still here and the pie was still delicious so no harm, no foul.
The only downfall of this place is that there is no ocean view. I really do not think that matters, after all you are travelling down the 101 and the ocean is right next to you the entire time you drive here and back. Also, you can stand not to look at the ocean for 30 minutes while you eat. I personally have had dinner sans ocean view for about 99% of my life.
Try the Fish and Chips if you go, let me know how they were!