Towne House: It’s like coming home

October 2008 Posted in Food & Drink, Other

Glance over the Towne House Restaurant & Lounge menu, and you’ll notice right away an emphasis on plain ol’ American food. Towne House is known for its huge array of sandwiches, burgers, steaks, chicken and seafood, as well as its farm-style breakfasts. There’s something here for nearly everyone.

Owner/managers Kelly Miller and Rick Rolie are proud that Towne House, the town’s oldest eatery, has held a special place in the center of downtown Silverton since 1963.

In fact, local artist Donna Mattson used the restaurant several times in paintings that exemplify small-town charm, and one, “Towne House,” adorns the menu.

Miller and Rolie are the original owner’s children. “Our dad was a meatcutter and I’ve always said we have the best steaks around, especially for the price,” said Miller. Her brother cuts the steaks himself, she said.

“We have the Towne House steak (a 6-ounce rib-eye steak, potato, salad and garlic toast) on special every First Friday,” Miller said, “along with the Towne burger and the seafood platter.”

Speaking of seafood, Towne House breads its seafood and chicken-fried steaks on site simply because it tastes better.

Towne House also prides itself on reasonable prices. Sandwiches served with a choice of soup, salad or French fries cost $6 to $8; beef burgers in several “flavors” such as mushroom, bacon Swiss or chili, are $5.25 to $8.95 (they also offer garden burgers); and a stir-fry with choice of chicken or beef plus accompaniments is just $8.95. A variety of green salads, beginning with a Caesar for $4, offer a spectrum of taste with meats, eggs, cheeses and vegetables added. Daily specials priced at $6.95 and $7.95 are also easy on the budget.

If you’re looking for a special Sunday dinner, you will enjoy prime rib of beef au jus with soup or salad, a choice of potato and toast for only $14.95. Charbroiled steak dinners range from $7.95 to $14.95, and chicken dinners are $10.95. Pies are a favorite for dessert.

Breakfast, available all day, could be the popular piglet omelet filled with bacon or sausage, cheddar cheese, green onions and tomatoes topped with sour cream; ham and eggs; breakfast sandwich; or a simple fruit bowl and muffin. Early-bird specials such as hot cakes, French toast and biscuits and sausage gravy are served until 11 a.m. For the light eater, a cinnamon roll is only $1. You can have waffles on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Towne House has three separate sections – café, dining room and lounge. Starting in October its hours are Sunday through Thursday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 6 a.m. until midnight.

Towne House Restaurant & Lounge is located at 203 E. Main St. Orders to go are available by calling 503-873-2841.

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