In the mood to treat yourself? Corvallis offers a variety of locally-made options to satisfy your sweet tooth, from chocolate confections and gelato to specialty doughnuts and authentic french pastries. Whichever sweet you’re craving, it might just be around the corner.
Francesco’s Gelato • $
208 SW 2nd St, Corvallis
Colloquially known as the best gelato in Corvallis, this colorful Italian cafe serves lunch and dessert so you can finish off a grilled panini with a sweet, creamy treat. In addition to Francesco’s classics like honey almond and berry flavors, they serve seasonal gelato like pumpkin pie. You can try them all because even their smallest size lets you combine two flavors, which will keep you coming back for more.
Death by Donutz • $
1425 NW Monroe Ave,
Cobblestone Square, Corvallis
If you haven’t been reeled in by the entertaining signs promising a good deal on the doughnut of the day, you might be convinced by Death by Donutz’s delicious specialties. Their wide selection includes PB&J, nutella-filled, and a twist on Samoas, a girl scout cookie-inspired favorite. You can even have a variety-filled box delivered. Not in a mood for doughnuts? They offer an affordable biscuits-and-gravy breakfast. Either way this place is easy on the wallet and even easier on the taste buds.
Benny’s Donuts • $
116 NW 3rd St, Corvallis
This cute and quirky little doughnut shop in downtown offers gluten-free and vegan options alongside flavors like marionberry with rosemary and lemon lavender with black pepper. While their monthly selection changes, they always serve chocolate with sprinkles, cinnamon sugar, and classic vanilla. Benny’s specializes in old-fashioned-style doughnuts with a crunchy outside and soft, doughy center. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who says they aren’t worth the price, though on the steep side they may be.
New Morning Bakery • $
219 SW 2nd St, Corvallis
The locals will tell you to try the pecan sticky bun, and whether you’re in the mood for something sweet or savory, New Morning Bakery is sure to satisfy. You can’t turn down fresh-out-of-the-oven quiches or a good cup of coffee at an affordable price. The service is friendly and the restaurant-style atmosphere is cozy, with their walls featuring work by local artists.
Old World Deli • $
341 SW 2nd St, Ste 4, Corvallis
Claiming to have “The World’s Best Brownies,” Old World Deli, just like Shakira’s hips, don’t lie. Packed with extra chocolate chips and as thick as cake, these brownies are a hard treat to beat downtown. Try one with any of their sandwiches, made with some of the best bread in Corvallis. Add a beer from Oregon Trail Brewery, brewed right on the premises. Might I suggest the Ginseng Porter?
Burst’s Chocolates • $$
353 SW Madison Avenue, Corvallis
Who could turn down homemade chocolate and a good selection of candies? Burst’s provides a taste of classic Corvallis charm where you can try novelty sweets made locally. Their chocolate has been handcrafted since 1938, perfect for a quality gift at a reasonable price. Holiday selections vary, but year-round customer favorites include their traditional ganaches and truffles. While you could find cheaper candy at Safeway, you can taste the price difference here.
Le Patissier • $$
956 NW Circle Blvd, Corvallis
You won’t find a bad review of Le Patissier, Corvallis’s own French cafe. With authentic French delicacies and great service at a good price, visiting Le Patissier is a must. Try a sweet crepe, nibble an almond croissant while sipping a latte, or browse their selection of craft beer and wine. Whatever you choose, c’est fantastique! Be sure to get there in the morning when the pastries are fresh from the oven. Good prices for good French eats.
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By Sarah Olsen