The Wet Dog Cafe & Astoria Brewing Company

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The Wet Dog Cafe & Astoria Brewing Company


I had to go into Astoria yesterday, an hour from Fishhawk Lake and have my sweet dog, Kasa spayed. What better place to wait for her than at The Wet Dog Café?


The Wet Dog Cafe, located at 144 11th St. Astoria Oregon has a great vibe as soon as you walk in the door. There are sweet little “scenes” or venues in the windows all with a dog theme of sorts, from the OPEN sign in the shape of a bone to the Big Dog dressed up for the holidays in one of the front windows.

 The Wet Dog Cafe-Gayle Rich-Boxman 2013-All Rights Reserved



The décor is a blend of antique signs,The Wet Dog Cafe memorabilia-Gayle Rich-Boxman 2013 All Rights Reserved


 old-fashioned this’n’that, eclectic bits of memorabilia.


 It feels historic as soon as you walk in and the extended bar offers their wide selection of their locally made brews and plenty of seating for locals and visitors alike. The massive room is filled with wood, from railings and beams to nicely made mission-style chairs. It makes it warm and inviting instead of cold and cavernous which is probably what they had to start with taking an industrial building and making it fun and funky.

The Wet Dog Cafe and Astoria Brewing Co-Gayle Rich-Boxman 2013 All Rights Reserved



They were advertising halibut tacos on the chalkboard at the entrance and

 when I was checking out their salads on the menu, there was a southwestern salad with pulled pork, but I asked if I could have the halibut instead (not being a meat eater). Lynnae, my server and Karen Allen, the owner's youngest daughter went and asked and they were quite accomodating. You can have a half salad--certainly PLENTY for lunch--and is served with a scrumptious piece of bread with some yummy cheesy spread on top that is hot, delicious and I'm SURE fattening! Topped off by an incredibly tasty blue cheese vinegarette salad dressing made for a wonderful way to spend my time waiting for my girl to get through her surgery.


The Wet Dog Cafe offers brew-pub fare, with burgers and such, but they also have some killer salads with fresh catches depending upon the season. They can give you samples of their seasonal or regular Astoria Brewing Company micro-brews. I had the Cranberry Honey Cream--and actually thought that would be my least favorite (as they gave me 3 small samples, a lager, that one and an amber) with my salad, but it was PERFECTION.


This is a family-run business and I mean that in every sense of the word. Steve and Karen Allen own both the café and Astoria Brewing Company. They’ve had their blended family of seven work there through the years and prior to buying this business, Karen was a full-time mother.

The Wet Dog Cafe Owner Karen Allen-Gayle Rich-Boxman 2013-All rights Reserved


She has simply taken that concept and spread it over all of the employees, and they are ALL her family. She is very passionate about it and I had a delightful conversation with her about that tradition. Not only the seven kids, but their friends and others they know have come and stayed as employees or learned valuable lessons about life and moved on.



The Wet Dog Cafe is a very comfortable place and it truly feels like a family run business, which makes sense after talking with Karen and getting her business philosophy. She even shared with me that she made her husband, Steve (a CPA) work all of the shifts--love that!! It gives an owner a true sense of what their employees go through in a business that isn't your first way of making a living. Their biggest tool for success is their employees and you can tell, because everyone seems to enjoy working there. From Ken, the manager with the infectious laugh to the "can do" attitudes of the staff, who are very service-oriented. Relationships are the key for this restaurant's success!

So, if you're buying property at Fishhawk Lake, then this is just an hour's drive to the ocean for a look at a historical town, and enjoy homemade food and libation while watching the boats go by. It's ALL GOOD. (And if you want to enjoy these micro brews but not have to go as far, The Birkenfeld Store four miles away also has them on tap!)



(Here's my girl a couple of days before her surgery. Little did she know....)





Comments (14)

Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Wow, that place looks like it has alot to offer...very unique!  And, your doggie is probably glad that is over :-)  Good for you though for doing the responsible thing :-)

Jan 03, 2013 11:21 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Ha ha - love the tie-in to the wet dog cafe. Cute. Tell Kasa that Aunt Debb hopes she feels better soon. Ouch. 

Jan 03, 2013 11:51 PM
Eric Crane -- Your Full Service, Discount Fee Realtor®
DPR Realty LLC - Gilbert, AZ
Greater Metro Phoenix Arizona

Hi, Gayle -- great way to highlight a local business and I love the 'open' sign in the shape of the dog biscuit -- how cute!  also the picture of Kasa is priceless!  hope your new year is off to a wonderful start, too

Jan 03, 2013 11:52 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Kristin, it's also right next to the Astoria Trolley, so you wouldn't even have to go far to get there. My girl is JUST NOW coming out of the anesthecia--it was a tough one on her with her liver condition!

Debb, strangely, it was rather an after-thought! I just wanted to blog about this terrific place. Karen is SO inspirational!! I'll give an extra soft hug from Auntie D.

Eric, thank you for enjoying this and her photo...I caught her on the couch when I couldn't find her. She was all tucked in. (She has learned this bad habit from her big brother).


Jan 04, 2013 12:05 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Gayle-What a delightful place. It is wonderful to find places like that. The pic pf Kasa is darling. She has gotten so big. How old is she now? You know you always learn bad habits from your older siblings.

Jan 04, 2013 12:40 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Love the views and reviews of the Wet Dog Cafe and Astoria Brewing Company, Gayle.  Sounds like a great place to stop and spend a long lingering lunch or dinner.  Hope Kasa made it through her surgery easily and her tail is back to wagging soon ...


Jan 04, 2013 02:35 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones


This sounds like a really cool place and right on the water!  Kasa looks so cozy and comfy on the couch.  Hope she's up and around in no time!

Jan 04, 2013 03:27 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Terrific write up for this family run business. Sounds like the perfect place to park yourself for awhile. Glad to hear that Kasa is getting back to normal.

Jan 04, 2013 03:32 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a fun place the Wed Dog is, and I cannot believe how much Kasa has grown, and is more golden and even more beautiful than before.  Give her hugs from us, and Mr. T, and your opera singing Rocky Cat.  A

Jan 04, 2013 07:41 AM
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

What a cool sounding place first glance, one would wonder about eating at a place called "wet dog" lol, but you can tell that it's a terrific place for all :)!

Jan 04, 2013 08:09 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Sharon~our Miss K is now 8 & 1/2 months old! I caught her on the couch....silly girl. She blended right in, huh?

Gene, she's coming back rather slowly...because of a rare liver condition she got hit harder with the anesthesia. Her tail is coming back to the wagging stage when her dad gets home especially! (And you are was a long lingering lunch and I started to read Margaret Rome's book that she sent me--marvelous!)

Dorie, I was just thinking of you earlier today--I'll have to stop by the "Queen of Localism" bloggers and say hi!

Margaret, you kept me company yesterday!

Alexandra, she's still quite thin but Dr. Goza says she looks great and he wished more dogs would be slender and not overweight. Her appetite which is usually ravenous is just now coming back.

Brenda, what I forgot to do was ask why they named it that! Gee, I guess I'll have to go back, hmmm.....


Jan 04, 2013 08:39 AM
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Gayle, what a great blog to make you feel like you are there...a bit of home sweet home! Glad your dog brought you there!

Sorry I'm so several deals going and so busy with listings and showings....night time I'm zonked!

Jan 04, 2013 10:09 AM
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

We have a golden retriever puppy (born 10/1) so I will be waiting at some cafe (probably not in Astoria) in the very near future. Hope Kasa is doing well.

Jan 04, 2013 10:39 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Oh Gayle this is a terrific story about a very special place. I wish I were there right now. Hope all is well and happy New Year.

Jan 04, 2013 11:14 PM