French Inspired Cuisine at Harding Trading Company

by Brian Lee

What started a couple of years ago as a coffee shop where the vintage housewares on display were all for sale has been transformed into a dinner only restaurant that captures the feel of a french countryside home.  Chef Nate Beckland offers a menu focused on the best of each season featuring locally sourced ingredients.

Besides allowing the fine ingredients to shine, what stood out most to me was the subtle balance of flavor and textures in every dish; each distinctly present but none overpowering the other.

I started with the special Seafood Chowder, a lobster bisque with razor clams, fish, and crab that was stellar.

The Linguine with Steamer Clams combined handmade pasta with an enormous portion of clams in a delightful white wine cream sauce with garlic, pancetta, and shallots.

My wife had the Line Caught Halibut with yukon gold potatoes, mushrooms, peas, and tarragon with a sugar snap pea sauce.

For dessert, we shared a chocolate torte with raspberry sauce.

And, even the cappucino was a work of art!

Our meal at the Harding Trading Company was a fabulous ending to our visit to Cannon Beach.  We will definitely be back!


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