The rainy drive from the coastal dunes of Florence, Oregon, to Eugene wowed us with forest and river views. As the little town of Veneta came into sight we were feeling hungry. We parked not far from the highway in view of a beautiful little country church. Our Daily Bread, a family run restaurant full of Pacific Northwest goodness, is housed in the cheerful blue and white church and it’s a food lover’s surprise.
As we entered, our host told us that Our Daily Bread has been recognized by the Oregon Wine Board for their extensive offering of Oregon wines. Veneta is located close to many Southern Willamette Valley wineries so it’s a great stop for a meal when out wine tasting.
Once a Church and Now a Restaurant
We explored the quaint building, walking from one small room to the next. As the sun began streaming through the windows, diners were framed in the church windows. And, displayed on one wall, was an excellent selection of Oregon wines on and beautiful paintings, all by local artists.
Our Daily Bread does, indeed, bake bread daily on the premises. They offer gluten-free options too. Their breakfast, lunch, and dinner offerings include from-scratch dishes made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible. Their lunch menu features burgers, huge sandwiches, house-made soups and salads such as curry Chicken and Salmon Caesar. And there are plenty of pound-adding desserts (which appear first on the menu with the saying, “Life is Uncertain, Eat Dessert First!).
The Daily Bread staff shared a little church history: The age and origin of the building is shrouded in mystery. However, according to former pastor Rev. Gary Saner, the Veneta Pentecostal Church of God bought the building around 1945. They disassembled, moved, and, using the numbered pieces, rebuilt the church on this site at the intersection of Highway 126 and old Territorial Highway. It’s unknown where they purchased the church, but it may have been a former chapel on a WWII military base. The Pentecostals used this as their church until 1990 when they built their new church.
The Towering Sandwich
I took one look at the sandwiches and ordered the half Reuben with coleslaw rather than the seductive-looking cottage fries. Surely that would cut my calories, right?
I wasn’t prepared for the amount of freshly sliced meat on the sandwich. It was piled high! And the bread… it was sliced about 2 inches thick! The coleslaw was creamy and married perfectly with the thinly-sliced pastrami, which is house roasted in a hoppy Oregon microbrew. I admit I set aside some of the beautiful rye bread. It was excellent, but just a bit too much.
Everything about this sandwich was fresh and house-made. The sweet/sour stout-soaked sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and 1,000 Island sauce melted together to provide a delicious topping for the meat.
In the beverage department, Our Daily Bread has more than wine to offer. How about a Marionberry Lemonade? It’s made with fresh Oregon Marionberries, of course.
Worth a Trip Back
My half-sandwich experience was a great introduction to the excellent bread and creative offerings at Our Daily Bread. I’d like to return and to spend a bit more time there. Perhaps next time I’ll order dinner such as Klatsop Salmon, a Wild Pacific Seasonal Salmon fillet in a sweet and savory marinate, grilled, and finished with tangy fruit salsa. And it’s served with wild rice and fresh vegetables. Of course, I’ll just have pair that with a local Oregon white wine.
So the next time you are out wine tasting in the Lower Willamette Valley Wine Region or headed to the central coast of Oregon, slow down when you get to Veneta and look for that little white church. Good food awaits!
If You Go
Check the Our Daily Bread website for hours as they vary. And, they offer special brunches and events. They are just off the Florence-Eugene Highway 126.
Our Daily Bread
88170 Territorial Road
Veneta, Oregon 97487