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Line & Lure is the light and breezy seafood restaurant located right next door to Michael Jordan’s Steak House. Capiz shell chandeliers shimmer over the entrance, and the place has a fresh, beachy vibe. Over there is the biggest boil pot this side of the Columbia.
“The boil is really at the heart of it,” says General Manager Nick Chester. “We have live lobsters; we have Manila clams. We have people who really know fish tell us it’s the freshest and best fish they’ve ever had.”
Chef Ryan Ziegler is busy turning out bronzed rockfish tacos with chimichurri sauce and slaw, and bacon-wrapped scallops prepared on a cedar plank.
Ziegler reels ‘em in with weekend seafood brunches ($38). From 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, he and the crew oversee a crepe and omelet station piled high with local oysters on the half shell, peel-and-eat shrimp and sushi, all anchored by local Dungeness crab legs.
“The Dungeness crab is really a home run,” says Ziegler, who fishes at Garibaldi on the Oregon coast with his brother. Don’t miss the traditional eggs Benedict or the steelhead Wellington.