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“Beware of the chips!”

Canyon Way Bookstore & Restaurant
Ranked #34 of 115 Restaurants in Newport
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed March 27, 2014

This has always been an above average restaurant, and though I have not been there for several years, I was somewhat taken aback by the fish and chips. As one would expect when dining out in a coastal fishing community, the fresh cod in the fish and chips was very good, but the chips were abysmal! Flaccid and greasy are the two words that come to mind. It is not often I think something superior can be bought at McDonalds, but these chips were that bad. These chips needed to be cooked longer and drained of excess oil, perhaps even being served in an absorbent wrap. Just sayin'.

The dessert tray was very nice. Unfortunately I am a WeightWatcher, so I only got to watch other people put on weight.

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Reviewed December 31, 2013

Searching for lunch in Newport is not easy. Wharfy places are packed with tourists and screaming meemies. Other restaurants are boring chains or overly ambitious. So we relied on the hubby's (20-year memory) of an "eclectic" bookstore and cafe. Score!

If you wander through this rather rambling building, watch out. No floor is level. Steps are creaky and tilted. But it is a REAL bookstore with knowledgeable staff. They have survived the e-book crisis by increasing their tchotchke stock and making one side a "club" with dinner and music on Friday nights. I'd go. It's funky and fun.

Wend your way to the left from the entrance of the bookstore, past the restrooms, up a ramp and past the (again) funky bar area and turn left into what feels like the back entrance to the cafe by the kitchen. Don't be scared. It doesn't smell like the back of the kitchen.

Other reviews note a lack of speed and/or competency in service. We had a great experience. Attentive service without hovering, friendly wait staff without being overly chatty. Food was unambitious, but extremely fresh and well-prepared.

We started with the Oregon bay shrimp cocktail. A veritable plethora of shrimp was tossed with a minimum of chopped celery and piled high on top of acceptably piquant cocktail sauce. Truly, a bargain at $7. I had fish 'n chips: fish was shockingly lightly battered and perfectly cooked, fries were only adequate. Everything was underseasoned, but lemon wedges, salt, malt vinegar and a very good tartar sauce helped. The hubby had a HUGE Greek salad (note to self: if you order something with fresh tomatoes in the depths of winter, you deserve what you get) with so much feta he couldn't eat it all, perfectly dressed. We should have had the clam chowder and/or the onion soup, as I read they are both delicious.

Definitely worth another trip, at least for the soups.

Do NOT miss the chance to prowl through the book store.

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Reviewed December 31, 2013

And, the bookstore itself is worth the visit. It is a little off the beaten path, so will require some directions. The food is excellent and moderately priced

Thank Bill M
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Reviewed December 22, 2013

we ahd a great lunch whileoverlooking the bayfront. Onion soup as fantastic, service was fast and courteous. Priced for the bayfront.

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Reviewed September 29, 2013

We had lunch here on a cold and blustery fall day. The clam chowder was just about the best we'd ever tasted (much better than Mo's down the hill), the tomato bisque was fantastic, and the crab cakes were chock-a-block with crab (instead of filler) and simply delicious! Service was great, and the homemade dessert - some sort of mousse filled chocolate cake - was to die for. The adjacent bookstore was well-stocked and great for both browsing and buying. We will definitely return!

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