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Friday Favorite: Cranky Sue’s in Cannon Beach, Oregon & RECIPE

Wander into the funky, eccentric, artfully scattered and humorous décor of Cranky Sue’s in Cannon Beach and you’ll find some chuckles and great food.

Why is Sue cranky? After all, she has a successful restaurant in its third year and is going national with her clam chowder, Caesar dressing and crab cakes.Well, it all stems from a situation when she owned a previous restaurant on the East Coast. Normally, the restaurant was not open seven days a week. But, to keep a promise to be full service for the July 4th week, she stayed open and found herself running out of food.

To explain to customers why she decided to close, she detailed the situation and signed the note, “Cranky Sue.” The name stuck.

Switching coasts

When she fell in love with Cannon Beach eight years ago, Sue decided her next restaurant would be a “spin-off with ‘attitude.’”

Restaurant with attitude - a fun one!

Restaurant with attitude - a fun one!

When they moved to Cannon Beach and opened the restaurant, Cranky Sue’s seemed to be a natural progression. The restaurant caters to an upscale, casual crowd – Cannon Beach fits the client target perfectly – and are playfully enjoying the license their name and image gives them.

Brooklyn and Cranky Sue

Brooklyn and "Cranky Sue"

Having fun

Now, Sue Neuwirth and her daughter, Brooklyn Neuwirth, have fun with the cranky image. Despite the name, service is efficient and cheery. The menu and décor employ a freewheeling approach that will make a customer smile.

Even children are taken into consideration, as there is a child-sized table with coloring books and activities to keep the kids occupied.

One sign on the wall declared, “There will be a $5 charge for whining.”

No whining!

No whining!

Great food, well-prepared

The food will not make anyone whine. On the contrary, it is original, inventive, and very tasty. We devoured a serving of fries, “Brooke’s Fries,” within a few minutes. They had a “secret ingredient” and were so crunchy and peppery with a touch of parmesan that we were licking the basket. Brooklyn said the recipe came to her while she was pregnant. Pregnant people can be very creative with food.

The menu has attitude – but in a positive way.  Their motto is, “Furiously good food to improve your mood.”  They will “accommodate dietary requests. Most items can be made vegetarian and/or gluten free.”

A crab cake was crunchy with sweet pieces of crab. Unlike many places, Cranky Sue’s crab cake is not laden with mayo and every morsel was flavorful, but not greasy.

We had a great meal and fun time at Cranky Sue’s. Don’t expect fast food, but do expect a great experience and terrific taste appeal at Cranky Sue’s.

She says her name gives her a license to be rude, but any rudeness is only playful fun. The only rudeness could possibly be on the part of patrons as they are tempted to lick their plates – it’s that good!

Thanks to Sue Neuwirth for the recipe and her tongue-in-check approach to her restaurant and food! Enjoy!


Basil Pesto Mayo

¼ lb. fresh basil
¼ cup olive oil
6 cloves garlic
1 tsp salt
¼ cup parmesan cheese
1 tsp. black pepper
1 quart mayonnaise

In a food processor, combine the first 6 ingredients until they are evenly pulverized. Put the mayonnaise in a bowl and add the ingredients from the food processor. Using a whipping motion, mix the ingredients into the mayo until the mixture is smooth. Refrigerate until used.  Great with fish and almost anything.

They are closed only on Wednesday – her “decrankifying” day.

Sue can be reached at  - Tell her you saw Cranky Sue’s on our blog! Have an uncranky day!

Next week…We spend the week in Vancouver, BC.  Get your passports ready (except for our Canadian friends, of course.)

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  3. Susan Neuwirth (a.k.a. Cranky Sue) Says:

    Hi Shelley,

    I closed my restaurant in December of 2009, not long after your wonderful review. I have done a few things here and there with my food but have now begun making my products in bulk. They are available by ordering on-line, by phone, pick-up, delivery or I do cater for groups 30 and under.

    I can be reached at Working on a new website and inspired by looking at past reviews and raves from customers.

    Thank you for promoting me and the kind words. Hope to hear from you !


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