Treat yourself to fresh, savory local flavors, paired with a glass of Willamette Valley wine. From down home cafes to five star cuisine, downtown Dayton offers tastes for all palates.
Joel Palmer House
Offering fine dining in a beautifully restored 1857 Victorian in downtown Dayton, the Joel Palmer House is a nationally acclaimed restaurant. Chef/owner Christopher Czarnecki, a 4th generation restaurateur, features wild mushroom and truffle themed regional cuisine combined with an extensive wine list of Oregon vintages. 600 Ferry St. www.joelpalmerhouse.com
Archie’s Ice Cream and Eatery
Located on Dayton’s town square, this ice cream parlor and sandwich shop serves up Oregon’s own Umpqua ice cream in hand scooped cones and sundaes. Sisters Ashley and Lindsey Archibald and their father Scott styled Archie’s Ice Cream Shoppe with a retro vibe and repurposed architectural elements such as the old doors made into counters and hung from the ceiling.
410 4th Street, Facebook page
The Barlow Room
The Barlow Room is a comfortable and historic restaurant and bar in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine country. The restaurant features a casual dining menu, inspired by Northwest cuisine, with a distinctive yet classic cocktail, wine and beer selection. The decor is inspired by the Oregon pioneer spirit and local history. Open Wed – Sun, 11am to close.
306 Ferry St., thebarlowroom.com
The Block House Cafe
The Block House Cafe serves up authentic American comfort food in the restored and repurposed historic 1886 Dayton First Baptist Church. Sip a cup of Caravan coffee accompanied by their breakfast speciality, the sinfully delicious cinnamon roll pancake, or for a lunch repast, a hand pressed burger made with local Turley Farm beef and a cup of their freshly made soup of the day.
301 Main St., www.theblockhousecafe.com
A local favorite, Lupita’s is a casual, family-friendly restaurant offering delicious Mexican dishes like enchiladas and chile rellenos, housed in a historic downtown building. 312 Ferry St., 503 864-4176.
Pick up a pizza such as the Mama Mia! with zesty pepperoni and green peppers or a hot sandwich from Roman’s, which also serves as a mini-mart for those last minute needed items. 400 Ferry St., 503-864-2224.
The Black Pearl Cafe
Serving Seattle roasted Umbria coffee and baked goods, the Black Pearl Cafe is located at the corner of Ferry Street and 3rd Street in a converted Art Deco style gas station. Proprietors Ryan Ferguson and Dayton native Monica Cisneros combine the art of espresso with the art of ceramics and paintings. They feature paintings and other media by Ryan and other local artists. 216 Ferry Street, 971 261-3589.
This general store offers groceries, baked goods and other supplies, specializing in authentic Mexican grocery products. They also have a collection of rental videos.
308 Ferry Street, 503-864-4077.