About fifteen miles north of Seaside, OR is Astoria. We've been there many times but we can always find a new spot to grub. Wet Dog Cafe and Brewery may not be new, its actually Astoria's original brewery, but it was new to us and we wanted to check it out. Located on the Columbia River Waterfront, this all ages café and brewery had a sleepy, relaxed vibe with large windows offering views of the river. A large gift shop greeted us upon entering and the dog and puppy theme on the merchandise was funny and cute. Apparently the owner had a dog named Wet Dog and that's how the restaurant got its name. The walls were covered in knick knacks such as a giant fork, knife, and spoon. There was more stuff to buy scattered throughout the space with the Wet Dog logo on shirts and everything else.
Now for the food. I started with a cup of the clam chowder. It had bacon in it and ended up being pretty heavy after the first couple of bites. I also had the calamari which was perfect dipped in the aioli on the side. My sons shared the chicken strips and tater tots and my husband drank an Old Fashioned and ate the fish and chips. It was fun to check out Astoria's oldest brewery and relax with views of the Columbia River.