My son and I had previously visited this restaurant and like E-San Thai Cuisine, we already knew that we loved it. Buoy Beer Company used to take reservations but no longer does, so just to make sure we had a table, we arrived a half hour before it opened and waited until 11am.
Much to my son’s surprise, the restaurant was actually quite empty (it was Easter), and we were quickly seated at a table with a waterfront view. While it was quite cloudy, you could still easily see cargo ships parked in the Columbia River entrance.
After we were settled, the friendly staff quickly gave us menus. There were so many delicious options, but I settled the Hamburger, while my son ordered the gluten free Fish & Chips (the only place we have seen that dish).
I also ordered freshly brewed Iced Tea, which was one of the stronger teas I have had.
As an appetizer, we ordered the Fressen Artisan Pretzel Stix. These came out warm, and lightly sprinkled with salt and rosemary. They were complimented with a stout and chipotle cheese dipping sauce. I would recommend this appetizer to anyone with kids (it went over well).
Our entrees came out soon after we were done.
My sons fish & chips came out next. The fish was captured right off the Columbia River inlet and were lightly battered. He thought that the tarter sauce that came with the meal was the best he had ever had. The evidence of the success of the meal for him was how messy he was afterwards. No knife and fork! He loved it.
My burger was well prepared and came with a brioche bun. I can say with complete honesty that this was one of the best burgers I have ever had. All of the ingredients were sourced from local farmers and prepared perfectly. I asked for BBQ sauce and was presented with Buoy Beer’s own hickory sauce (really strong taste with a hint of ale).
Both our meals came with fries, which, like the rest of the meal, were perfectly prepared and tasted amazing. Big and crispy.
One final special feature is the floor of the restaurant. Part of it is made of glass and overlooks sea lions, which sleep below you as you eat.
We left at noon to head further up the coast. By the time we were leaving, the restaurant was getting crowded.
If you are in Astoria, you must give this restaurant a try!
Buoy Beer Company
1 8th St, Astoria, OR 97103