Side Door Café is in an old brick and tile factory building. It’s the restaurant part of the 7,000 sq. ft. warehouse also home to Eden Hall that all opened in 2000. Family owned and run it serves New American dishes in an eclectic space decorated with many re-claimed items from other Oregon buildings. They have some daily specials to add to the already large menu. Their hours are shorter now and tables well spaced due to Covid, so changes may be coming in those areas. Lots of windows in the building add to the lighting during daytime and instrumental music is in the background. The high ceiling is filled with fans and decorations are everywhere. There were 2 large rooms, the first one having some booth seating and the second strung with little lights.
We each ordered a sandwich and they are huge (and should be for $28). The Fresh Dungeness Crab BLAT contained crab, bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado on a toasted croissant with herb mayo accompanied by shrimp coleslaw (or dill potato salad or garden greens). The bacon was thick, really smokey and tasty and the bun was nicely toasted. Pickles were on the side of both sandwiches and really weren’t needed. There was a ton of shredded crab on the sandwich that was fairly tasteless but did add to the overall texture of the sandwich. It held together well with plenty of avocado for each bite. It was okay but not great, however it was the better of the two sandwiches. The shrimp slaw was very good, lightly dressed with good flavor. Not many small shrimp but the overall effect was good.
Fresh Dungeness Crab Melt was made with roasted artichoke herb cream cheese, tomato and cheddar on a toasted croissant accompanied by shrimp coleslaw (or dill potato salad or garden greens). The cream cheese was clumped onto one side and way too thick to be able to spread. The tomatoes or something released enough moisture that the sandwich did not hold together and became a knife and fork operation. The croissant was nicely toasted and buttery and the melted cheese was thick but mostly tasteless. There was lots of crab and some chunks, not all just shreds, but too mild to compete with the other tastes. The shrimp slaw was the star of the plate followed by the toasted croissant.
I snapped a pic of the dessert menu but didn’t have the heart to order any.