Our Daily Bread, known by locals as ODB, first opened in 1984 and was run by the Mowery family. The delicatessen is known for sandwiches, soups, salads, and beer. When the Mowery’s were ready to sell in 1998, husband and wife team Sam and Jennifer were interested.
Sam always wanted to own a restaurant but wanted one in a Southern college town. Since ODB is on the doorsteps of Appalachian State University, the couple knew ODB was calling their names. Sam and Jennifer also loved the fact that historic buildings surrounding ODB. The famous Mast General Store was across the street, and Boone Drug was next door.
The couple decided to revise the menu as new owners because their goal was to serve made-from-scratch food using local ingredients. They replaced most items except the local favorite, the Jamaican sandwich.
The menu wasn’t the only thing that got updated. In 2007, Sam & Jennifer rolled up their sleeves to remodel the interior. In the demolition process, they discovered a treasure trove. The original ceiling was Italian tile, and paneling hid brick walls. They also found building materials from bygone eras. Using these items, they replaced the weathered pine flooring around the bar with chestnut boards.
The result is a chic yet comfortable ambiance with historical roots and beauty. But all of this is pointless if the food doesn’t measure up. Rest assured, it does.
Our Daily Bread is a hot spot for college students, faculty, locals, and vacationers. While popularity doesn’t guarantee you’ll dine on good food, in the case of ODB, you’ll find they are the exception. Based on reviews, ODB is one of the best places in Boone for lunch.
ODB serves twenty Specialty Sandwiches, some of which are vegetarian. Each sandwich comes with your choice of one of these sides:
- Southern potato salad
- Marinated veggies
- Fresh cut fruit
- Kettle potato chips
- Zapp’s Voodoo chips
Here are some sandwich standouts:
Jamaican Turkey Sub
This sandwich has been around since the delicatessen opened! The sandwich features smoked turkey breast with melted pepper jack cheese on a toasted sub roll. Toppings include house-made Jamaican relish, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, and ODB special sauce.
Roast Beef & Chimi
Diners hail this sandwich as one of the best on the menu. This mouth-watering sandwich has thinly sliced roast beef, homemade chimichurri sauce, melted goat cheese, organic mixed greens, tomatoes, and roasted red peppers. All of which are stuffed into a fresh brioche roll and heated on the panini.
Fresh Basil Press
Vegetarians will love the spin-off of a caprice salad. The sandwich features whole basil leaves, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, sliced button mushrooms, roasted red peppers, and basil aioli. These are put on a sub roll and then heated to perfection on the panini.
Salads are another specialty and come with either balsamic vinaigrette, bleu cheese, Italian, ranch, or 1000 island dressing. All are house-made except the Italian.
The following are some popular salads:
Apple Walnut Salad
On a bed of organic mixed greens are thinly sliced granny smith apples, candied walnuts, Gorgonzola crumbles, tomatoes, and onions. Balsamic vinaigrette is the recommended dressing, and the salad comes with a pesto baguette.
Strawberry & Goat Salad
The salad comes with strawberries, goat cheese, candied walnuts, tomatoes, onions, and organic mixed greens. A pesto baguette comes as a side.
If you love homemade soup, be sure to check the daily special. ODB also has a good selection of beer and wine and even offers an ODB mimosa.
For fresh, delicious sandwiches, salads, and soups, you owe it to yourself to dine at Our Daily Bread. You’ll love the ambiance, decor, and meal.
Because they use locally sourced foods, ODB may offer daily specials you won’t find on their menu. You’ll need to check their blackboard for specials!