Now that I got your attention with those balls, allow me to introduce Sweet Basil's Cafe: a natural, organic, wild and soon to be certified gluten free restaurant on the Oregon Coast. What's even more interesting is they have a tapas thing going on and Chef John Sowa definitely has a Creole thing going on. Just off the main drag in Cannon Beach, this restaurant is unassuming, unpretentious and dainty. There is a bar connected that often plays live music. Justin and I showed up late (late for Oregon Coast hours, around 8:45) and were welcomed without being guilt tripped for our past-curfew tendencies.
We tasted a few wines that night, thanks to our gracious wine server, Ted. We enjoyed the two pictured above immensely. Chemistry White Wine - a bright, fruity blend from the Willamette Valley. However, the La Velle Chardonnay from Columbia Valley was the star of the night. One of the best stainless steel chardonnays I've ever tasted: stone fruits on the nose, lots of mineral, and a refreshing finish. I will buy a case of this.
I had to order the Dungeness Crab Stuffed Portobello, a massive portobello, topped with a slice of organic tomato, then mounded with Dungeness Crab, parmesan, mayonnaise (yes, mayo!) finished with provolone cheese. The combination was sweet, earthy and delightfully rich.
The Chicken Tchoupitoulas Justin ordered was something of a mystery. A New Orleans style dish involving pan seared chicken breast topped with a creamy, tarragon flecked Béarnaise sauce, accompanied by pan roasted potatoes and squash. Neither of us were blown away by this dish but it was still tasty due to the high quality ingredients involved.
Justin also ordered the Sweet Basil’s Plentiful House Salad consisting of organic greens, cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers and sunflower seeds.
Would we return? Definitely if were living la vida gluten free and probably, if not for a glass of wine and round of bacon wrapped dates and/or something with crab. Just remember, if you go to the Oregon Coast, do not forget your P Diddy jacket.
271 N. Hemlock St.
Cannon Beach, OR