Monday, January 7, 2013

Tillamook Cheese Factory

On our way to Lincoln City, OR, we stopped at Tillamook Cheese Factory.  I buy their cheese, butter, and ice cream.  For years we've been wanting to go to this place every time we have visited the Oregon coast, but somehow never did until now.

kids meal with smiley fries
First stop was the cafe because we were hungry.  We ordered cheeseburgers and my daughter ordered the fish and chips.  My cheeseburger was $6.99 and came with a small bag of potato chips and a pickle spear.  DH ordered the bacon cheeseburger for $7.49 and added fries for an additional $1.75.  My son ordered the kids mini cheeseburgers with smiley fries for $4.99.  DD ordered fish and chips for $7.99.  All the burgers were overcooked, dry, and tasteless.  DD also said her fish and chips were just "okay".  The french fries were good, but not worth eating at this cafe.  So I think you should have lunch before visiting this cheese factory and then get the ice cream for dessert.

 After lunch, we took the short self-guided tour.
Head up the stairs and you will see big windows.
You'll be able to see the factory workers packaging
the cheese.  There are lots of boards with information to read the history of the cheese factory.  Personally, we would have preferred to have someone tell us the information to make it sound more interesting.  We honestly didn't read any of it.  At the end of the tour, there are samples of cheese to taste.  I tried cheese curds for the first time.  It's called squeaky cheese because it squeaks while you chew it.  I am not a fan of cheese curds, I know that now.

Medium Cheddar-Voted World's Best

Monterey Jack-Voted America's Best
You can purchase all kinds of goodies there.  Besides their cheese, they have a ton of condiments, fudge, and sweets. The gift shop is loaded with all kinds of neat things.  There is really a lot to look at in the shop.  We purchased a Christmas ornament to remember our visit.

Before heading out, we bought some ice-cream.  My kids like their ice-cream in a bowl, rather than a cone and I though one scoop might be skimpy so I let them get 2 scoops.  That was a mistake because it was a lot of ice-cream and they couldn't even finish it.  On the other hand, it's possible our scooper guy was just generous in his scooping.  DH and I got single scoops in our cones.  He said the waffle cone was the best.  My flavor was the Coffee Almond Fudge and it was really good.  I haven't seen that flavor in the store, but I'll have to look for it.  I think my husband got the Wild Mountain Blackberry, one of his favorites.

Pretty quilt

The cheese factory is free to visit.  It's worth adding to your "places to see", just don't eat at the cafe.

*Near the Tillamook Cheese Factory is the Blue Heron French Cheese Company.  I would have liked to stop there, but we didn't have time.

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  1. One of my favorite dairy products is cheese, I remember eating the white cheese and the medium cheddar in a full service catering I attended. I fell in love with how yummy and milky it tastes, I even buy the each at least twice a month because I really love it. I hope to attend to some cheese-inspired bazaars or events, to learn more about it.

  2. I started to like cheese when my doctor advised me to try it since it can help in lowering blood pressure and blood sugar. I’m glad it worked and I also discovered that it can also prevent heart diseases and tooth decay; there are many health benefits that cheese can give if taken with moderation. That’s why I always make it a point to discover places with some great cheese restaurants!

  3. I find small burgers cute and a little bit good because you will eat less of the meat. I’m sad to hear that you didn’t like eating in that cafe. Well there are still other restaurants where you can enjoy eating different types of burgers.


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