Some days you just have to leave town. After a year that has been a bucket full of highs and lows, we found ourselves 8 months into the year and with zero vacations under our belts. How does this happen? Easy, busy careers, satisfying lifestyle, and living in a fun city. Time slips away and you forget that you haven’t taken time for you. FOR YOU. For your marriage. Refill the love-tank, if you will.
My husband put his foot down. The radio station is playing an encore performance of a past show todday and I slipped out from work on friday. If you put your mind to it, even in the busiest of times you can find time. You can do it!
As old school as it may sound, I believe that you must take the time to walk in the sand. Hold hands, get caught up on life. Talk about dreams. (we debated a beach house vs. a lake house as our next purchase….a second home!) and figure out how to make even more changes to ensure that we are taking steps daily towards financial freedom in or retirement. Is it too early to consider this? Absolutely not. We are best friends as well as in love and we do two things to ensure we have a long, happy life together:
1. Keep ourselves healthy so our bodies will not give out, and
2. Be responisble with money so we can do what we want in our retirement.
I digressed, as I usually do, becasue this is about a restaraunt, a place we stumbled upon while looking for something to eat last night. We stopped at a few burger joints, but decided against them. We saw a place that says “limo parking” and thought that this was worth investigation. I give you: The Bay House.
We walk in the door and are greeted with a big smile, kind eyes and a “Did we know you were coming tonight?” well, darnit, no….we didnt make a reservation….”We have plenty of seats on our lounge, with a bay window view of the water and there will be live music soon. We offer a small plates version of our dinner menu…” Thank you! THANK YOU! I love small plates, I can eat several things, it is less of a commitment, and it is just FUN! We walk in and immediately find a lovely table facing the water.
We ordered 2 gorgeous IPAs by Hopworks. If you haven’t enjoyed these Organic Beers, do it. We were both so pleased that we had 2.
For the small plates we started with a plate of amazing herbed and warmed nuts. They were lightly toasted walnuts, filberts and fresh (read: green and receptly picked) herbs. There was a light dusting of salt, and it was gorgeous! At $4 there was likely 1.5 cups of nuts and a perfect compliment to the sunset and our delicious beers. Warmed, lightly toasted and herbed nuts are a lovely way to start your evening. Trust me here.
We ordered 3 items. A fresh spring greens salad with Oregonzola (Oregon Gorgonzola), sliced pears with delightful with cracked hazelnuts. Not over dressed, thank you very much. A ground tenderloin burger served with truffle chips, the one in the photo is not as dressed up as they normally are because I married a man of simple taste, but I believe you can see the quality in this photo. Finally the marine scallops that are served with fried capers and 2 sauces that I basically ignored becasue the scallops were done to perfection.
On a side note, my husband, after tasting a truffle chip said “these are the best thing I have tasted” and I was able to explain my $15 dollar truffle salt that he pooh-poohed when I purchased it. He understood how that fragrant and deep woodsy flavor can be so seductive! Truffles!!! I love you!!!
Meanwhile, the Spanish 3-piece trio of strings is trilling in the background, the sun is coming close to the sea, and I am feeling giddy with relaxation and love for my life……
We had our second round of beer and ordered a little bread with that to ensure we had enough food in our stomachs for that second round and were greeted by this gorgeous rustic loaf with what I consider one of the BEST compound butters I have ever had. It had garlic and tarragon, among other flavors in it. The skies parted and food Gods shone on us as we enjoyed the bread and butter. Beautiful, and there was salt in it as well – many a chef have made the error of not having salt in the butter, or on the side to sprinkle on (a la Mark Bitterman’s famous SALTED recipe) and have lost out on a whole new level of perfection.
Back to the ambiance. The bartender/server, ended up being the owner. You have not received gracious service until you are served by Stephen Wilson. Yes, friends, this experience from the moment we walked in the door to when we left, full, satisfied, and on love with a memory we had just made was created by the OWNER. He greeted us, followed us in was the bartender, the server, and was a gracious host.
Restaurant owners out there, I have heard this said many times, but I would like to say it myself: The best dining experiences are found when the restaurant treats you like you are a guest in their own home.
The Bay House is located right on the Historic Highway101 overlooking the Oregon Coast and boasting a spanning view of the Pacific Ocean in all of its glory at 5911 US 101, Lincoln City, OR 97367.