The Oregon Coast has plenty of icons – bridges, lighthouses, headland views. Seafood lovers might say Barnacle Bill’s Seafood Market is an icon too. The little red and white storefront has been a fixture in Lincoln City since 1949. It’s recognizable as one of the last open-to-the-sidewalk brick and mortar businesses in Oregon, but it’s the reputation for quality fresh and alder-smoked seafood that’s been bringing fans back for decades.
“We see people on a regular basis who say they have been coming here since they couldn’t even see over the counter, and now they are bringing their kids,” says Sean Edmonds, manager of the family-owned business. “They realize when they come to us they are getting a great value for their money and they know the product is being taken care of properly and is the freshest product available.”
Eighty percent of the seafood – salmon, tuna, rockfish, ling cod, sturgeon, halibut, crab and more – is sourced between Garibaldi and Coos Bay. Smoked fish is made with a proprietary family recipe, live crab is cooked on the spot, and much of the seafood offered comes right off the family’s two fishing vessels.
“We try to make sure we offer the best quality seafood at the best possible price. With seafood, the quality standard is huge,” says Edmonds.
Barnacle Bill’s is located at 2174 US-101 in Lincoln City. Check them out on the Food Trail.