While returning from a trip to Portland, (aside: I highly recommend Wildwood "local and sustainable" and Caprial's, but those are high end and probably are not of interest to this audience) we discovered a really nice cafe in Cottage Grove, Oregon, Sheilagh's Cafe on Main Street. The food was prepared with care. The bread was different and delicious. The pasta was excellent. Her pie crusts truly were like my own and she had real coffee.
Then on to Red Bluff (I know, it's California but Northern California) I recommend Redbluff's Famous Feedbag Restaurant on old 99. It has huge portions of good food; even the light eater's plates come with a choice of fries, onion rings or tater tots. The onion rings were the best I have ever tasted and I am not a fan of onion rings. The staff is trained young to call you hun' and treat you well.