The owners of the long-established Pizza Harbor in downtown Seaside recently opened a second eatery. The Harbor Bite, located on the coastal town's south side, is a full-service restaurant.

Owners Erik and Elizabeth Marston describe their new restaurant as a family-friendly pub and eatery, where the focus is on quality food and good service.

In recent years, the building, at 220 Ave. U, has seen a couple of restaurants come and go. "They focused more on the pub" portion of the business, Erik explained. "We wanted to be more kid-friendly."

Although The Harbor Bite is tucked several blocks off the main tourist route, it's one of the few full-service eateries on the south side of town. It is surrounded by several motels and located just a short jog from the beach and a couple blocks from the Seaside Golf Course - all of which should bring hungry customers for lunch or dinner, Erik said.

"We thought this end of town needed a restaurant like ours for some time," he added.

The Harbor Bite, which can seat up to 44 patrons, has a casual quality with open-air tables and a bar section. It also has a small patio for outdoor seating when the weather permits.

Erik and Elizabeth Marston recently opened The Harbor Bite restaurant in south Seaside. The couple also owns and operates Pizza Harbor in downtown Seaside. Photo: Greg Cohen

The restaurant features "Mermaid's Purse" - a choice of rock fish or salmon wrapped in a "parchment purse" to allow the fish to steam in its own juices so it's served moist. The Mermaid's Purse, which is priced at $9.95 for the rock fish and $12.95 for the salmon is available in several flavors. Each comes with a choice of soup or salad.

Patrons also can choose from three "Pub Bites" - "Boddington's Bangers," an English-style sausage cooked with Boddington's Pub Ale; "Dog Bite," one-quarter pound sausage or hot dog pan-fried with "cheesy beer grilled onions and peppers," or "Pub Steak."

The menu also offers a selection of sandwiches featuring salmon, bay shrimp and Albacore tuna, as well as beef brisket, pastrami, turkey breast and ham. Prices range from $7.95 for the meat sandwiches to $9.95 for the fish sandwiches. A vegetarian sandwich runs $7.95.

For lighter fare, the pub offers a choice of eight appetizers, including oysters, clam dip, steamed mussels and sweet and spicy shrimp. There are also three choices of salads, as well as oyster stew, clam chowder and the Soup of the day.

The menu offers several food options for kids age 10 and under. The dessert menu consists of root beer or Italian soda floats or a "molten" brownie cake.

The restaurant offers a number of beers on tap and a selection of wines from Oregon and Washington.

The Marstons, originally from Prineville, Ore., have owned and operated the Pizza Harbor in downtown Seaside since 2006, when they purchased it from Dave Moore, who started the business in 1979.

In the past year, the couple began looking to expand their restaurant business, when they decided to open The Harbor Bite.

He said his goal for The Harbor Bite is to create consistency in the kitchen "so every time you come in, you know you will get good food that's well-prepared."

The Harbor Bite, Address: 220 Ave. U, Seaside, Phone: (503) 738-7444, Hours: Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Monday.

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