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Eatery Emerges from Oregon Landmark
Coast) – Ron’s Family Restaurant is the new kid on the
block in the Nehalem Bay (on the
north Oregon coast), occupying the building where The Edgewood once
stood, and most recently, the re-located Nina’s Italian Restaurant.
In addition to the new eatery, The Wateringhole now utilizes the
bar area of the building – and there are some interesting
plans in store for the bar.
Owners Ron and
Rosan Alvey have put together an enormous menu – one that’s
as sprawling and as vast as the wooded building itself seems to
be at times. There are sections in the six-page menu on burgers,
seafood, sandwiches, steaks, salads, appetizers, a “home cookin”
section that features things like meatloaf, and a section for seniors
and kids. Also most notable is the connection to the old, famed
Nina’s restaurant, which Ron Alvey had part ownership in during
its last incarnation in this building. Hence another section of
the menu boasts pizzas and original pasta recipes from Nina’s.
connection will be a surprise to those Nehalem Bay regulars who
drift in here, if they were Nina’s devotees in the past (and
with a thirty year legacy, there were many). Alvey says he’s
remained in contact with the original owners’ family, and
has made serious efforts to keep those old recipes.
only been open three weeks, Alvey says he’s been more than
pleasantly surprised by the reception. “Most of our growth
has been locals,” Alvey said. “We’ve been buying
stores out as we keep running out of food.”
and timber exec by trade – and co-owner of Beach
Break Vacation Rentals – Alvey has left most of the food
creation to more experienced hands. He hired local names like Gary
Wards and John Brandt for the kitchen area, who’ve helped
Alvey and his wife come up with a variety of menu items. Tracy Knudson
was brought on as manager, and helped with or created most of the
recipes as well.
Little has changed
in the décor of the building, except the walls are different
colors and the restaurant section has a bundle of kids’ games
on the walls for decoration. A fireplace also graces the room.
One of Ron’s
Family Restaurant’s more original features is their homemade
potato chips, which are seasoned and cooked on the spot. They are
flavorful little things, and rather addictive.
the bar area, Alvey plans karaoke and live music soon. The middle
section of the building, adjacent to the bar, will provide the dance
floor and stage – just as the old Edgewood did in its heyday
a few years ago.
The bar features
an array of happy hour food items for $1.99.
In the seafood
department, there are interesting items like Bourbon Shrimp, stuffed
baked salmon, NW clam fritters and crab cakes, running around $12.
There’s also a small variety of fish ‘n’ chips,
which is made with a special in-house batter, says Alvey.
food section boasts a generous helping of meatloaf, oven roasted
chicken or chicken cordon bleu (around $12). Steaks are around $20,
and for a few dollars more you can add seafood to create a “surf
and turf” plate of your own. Burgers and sandwiches run in
the $5 to $9 range, and include some innovative ideas like a chipotle
reuben, a polish sausage or a meatloaf sandwich.
pizza menu runs around $20 for a large, approximately $15 for a
medium and $10 to $14 for smalls, depending on your selection. You
can also create your own from a vast array of possibilities: salami,
pesto sauce, artichoke hearts, salsa and roasted chicken are some
of the highlights. “We really made an effort to be very fresh
with the pizzas,” Alvey said. “We’re making our
own crusts and really improved the quality.”
One of the famous
holdovers from the Nina’s menu is their stromboli (mushrooms,
sausage and fettuccine topped with meat sauce and cheese). Alvey
maintains it is the original recipe that was a fixture on the north
coast for years. Lasagna, manicotti and cannelloni are served on
certain days of the week, while Nina’s spaghetti dishes and
meatballs are a mainstay.
menu includes hot dogs, PB&J sandwiches, grilled cheese and
Family Restaurant and The Wateringhole are open seven days a week.
36480 Hwy. 101 North, Nehalem (just south of Manzanita). (503) 368-4990.