If you want a cozy place to eat a good breakfast in Rockaway Beach the Whale Spout does the trick. With a gas stove in the corner and an espresso machine behind the counter this is the place for a good cup of coffee and warm reprieve from a brisk morning walk on the beach. Located right in the middle of town the Whale Spout is perfectly beach themed inside with lots of fish, birds, and other sea creature replicas mounted on the walls including a huge hammer head shark. The breakfasts are good portions, but be prepared to wait to eat on a busy weekend. I have eaten at the Whale Spout in the middle of the week with only one or two other tables occupied and received my food very fast and have also been the 2nd to last table getting seated on a Sunday at 10AM and not received food for nearly an hour and had to get up and ask for a coffee refill myself twice. The food is priced well and again the portions are great and will fill you up for any activities you are planning on doing whether it is a hike up Neahakanie mountain or just a day of lazy antique browsing at the shops in the surrounding cities. My personal favorite is the Rockaway Potatoes which is a large scramble with tasty tatters, eggs, Tillamook cheese, choice of meat and few other veggies such as onions and bell peppers. The Pancakes are large and fluffy. We have tried there specials a few times and been pleasantly surprised as well from a blueberry compote on top of the pancakes to a breakfast burrito. The best thing in my opinion about the Whale Spout is the fact that they have an in house espresso machine and can serve up your custom coffee favorite or just a enjoy a good cup of the house blend, which tends to be a better coffee than the usual breakfast restaurants along the coast. Despite our encounters with some slow service the staff was very nice and apologetic and we would recommend the Whale Spout to anyone looking for a good breakfast in Rockaway Beach.
The Parkside Coffee House located in the middle of Garibaldi, on the left if you are going North through town, makes great coffee and even better roasted turkey sandwich lunches.
We made it here in the early afternoon for lunch, but if you are out and about in Garibaldi in the morning the coffee smelled excellent and there was many really delicious looking breakfast items in the display. The place is rather small and when we arrived there was 4 other trucks in the parking lot as it seemed like many of the locals and guys working nearby stopped by for lunch, but we were able to get a table next to the window looking out to the antique shops across the street. First thing I noticed was that they roast there own turkey, which is just great cause when it came out the Turkey sandwich had thick slices of fresh moist turkey instead of the typical deli style turkey. There were a few other sandwiches available such as an albacore which coincidentally was also the special of the day which was a 1/2 sandwich and a cup of clam chowder. We both settled on getting turkey sandwiches since it seemed like that was there specialty, I had a Turkey with cranbery and cheese mix spread which came with lettuce and tomatoes. My wife ordered the Turkey with bacon, avocado, tomatoes, and lettuce. I also ordered a cup of clam chowder, which was well made unlike some places along the coast, this was a good tasting chowder.
The Parkside Coffee House has a warm feeling inside and the decor is simple yet very fitting for the location and home cooked style lunches that they prepare. The meals come with real heavy silverware, not cheap stuff so common at most restaurants, which is a small thing, but makes this a special place that we look forward to going back to.
The meal was very affordable and we walked away happy and full and ready for exploring the coast.
If you are staying in or travelling through Rockaway Beach, Oregon than make sure and check out R&R Espresso if you are in need of a hot cup of coffee or a special Mocha, Latte, or whatever drink you like to enjoy. The coffee’s go up to large 24 ounce drink that is comprised of 4 shots of Espresso. This drive through location also has several delicious scones and other breakfast items and treats. Stop and get a cup of coffee and a muffin and kids size hot chocolate on a cold day.
If you like to try new things get a 3 berry scone with white chocolate, it is an amazing fruity and moist scone that is just amazing. Take out or park your car and enjoy the fresh coast air. Located just a few streets North of the main part of town this pick up coffee spot is worth the walk or short drive.
The Pacific Edge Espresso is a great coffee location that is located in a hut on the South side of Garibaldi near the tall tower. This drive through coffee station has a great line up of coffee and the largest cup size is a 24oz drink which is great when you need to stay warm on a cold day at the Oregon Coast. They are also stocked with lots of different tasty treats. I picked up a blueberry muffin and it was great. They have a punch card system and so if you are driving through Garibaldi on a regular basis you will want to make sure and ask for a card because after your 12th cup of coffee you will get $3.25 off your next cup.
Don’t forget to get the chocolate covered coffee bean with your espresso. This is a nice treat and packs a punch of quick caffeine to get going for a great day. The Garibaldi marina is really close and is a great place to launch a boat and go fishing when the Salmon fishing and crabbing is in season in the Tillamook Bay. Grab a cup of Coffee at Pacific Edge Espresso and go fish.