Dining and Drinking
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. (503) 864-2995.
Juanita’s taqueria offers everything from chile verde tacos to quesadillas and burritos, plus espresso and ice cream. Located right across from the playground in Courthouse Square Park, the taqueria has indoor and comfortable outdoor seating on wide sidewalks where you can watch the park activities as you enjoy their handmade corn tortilla tacos or a taco bowl, and sides of cilantro rice, beans, and guacamole. 401 Ferry St. (503) 864-3000.
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. (503) 864-8412.
Lone Star is a BBQ Restaurant offering slow smoked southern style cooking, burgers, and Tex-Mex. Stop by for their delicious BBQ, homemade soups and super stuffed potatoes. They cater events of all sizes as well.
312 Ferry St. (503) 864-4176.
Chef and owner Marco Baldieri serves up classic Italian cuisine in this family-style restaurant located mid-block on Ferry Street across from the park. A native of Rome, he prepares dishes perfected by his mother, the woman that inspired him to become a chef. The aroma of garlic, onions, meats and sauce make your mouth water. Bistro tables, an exposed brick interior walls, and a classic old wooden bar create a warm and beautiful interior. With a glass of Sangiovese, the picture is complete.
306 Ferry St. (503) 864-4100.
Located at 303 Main Street, Dayton Mercantile features a unique mix of gift items for women, men and children, home accents and local food products. Enjoy stoneware pottery pieces, candles, jewelry, wine barrel decor and furniture, towels, locally made chocolate and honey, and other curated selections of art and gift items.
303 Main Street, Suite 1A, 503-864-3283.
Tienda Y Video Zukaza
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.
Hair and Beauty
Dawnette Bowlin, a stylist in business since 2006 in the valley and in Portland, now offers cuts, color, treatments, nails, waxing, makeup and more in a historic building on Ferry Street. With a pedigree in Paul Mitchell, Dawnette’s slogan is “Big city style, small town feel” – and that is what she delivers. Dawnette wants every person that comes into her salon walking out feeling and looking their best. She puts her heart into her craft, and takes on every client, every project with Alacrity.
216 Ferry St. (503) 687-3043