After checking in to our hotel in Coos Bay on the cool, rather windy afternoon of 9/15/12, my husband and I ventured downtown in search of a comfy place for dinner. The town was busy with folks attending a classic car "Cruise the Coos" weekend, and we zipped up our windbreakers for a brisk walk. Sharkbites looked like a plain, "no frills" place, but it appeared busy inside, so we took a chance and were welcomed and ushered into the plain, large dining room (the entrance was a shop where they sell seafood products, with a few dining tables), the grayish walls decorated with colorful burlap flour sacks, motley tables and chairs and a well-stocked bar. The menus were on plain paper, newly off the printer, and we ordered drinks and were very pleased by delicious appetizers of wonderful crab cakes with a zesty pepper sauce and seriously fresh oysters splashed with fresh lemon and champagne vinegar. The place was so warm and friendly, and we noticed that the back of the dining area (separated by huge pieces of driftwood) housed surfboards, wet suits, etc., and the manager told us that surf equipment was a "sideline" of the owners. Our entrees of grilled halibut and salmon with sides of fingerling potatoes and the most delicious, sauteed fresh vegetables we've ever tasted were lovely, and upon request they even provided us each with a fresh, green salad with parmesan and croutons that wasn't even on the menu. So, if you're ever in Coos Bay and hankering for seafood and a welcoming atmosphere, do yourself a favor and stop in Sharkbites Restaurant. After a long day on the road for these Denver travelers, it was a comforting oasis.