Full disclosure time: the Rogue River Coffee Co. is owned by former publisher of The World, Chris Rush and his wife Sheryl.
REEDSPORT — Sports Editor John Gunther and I have discussed going up to the Rogue River Coffee Co. in Reedsport since they opened, but decided to wait for a couple of reasons: 1, we used to work for the owners, and 2, on most of our trips to Reedsport, we try to find a reason to get out to the golf course at the same time.
Since we never found the time for both, and the weather has now turned — and our clubs are likely in the closet until sometime next spring — we decided it was time to make the visit.
Rogue River Coffee Company is located at 1891 Winchester Ave. (the corner of U.S. Highway 101 and 19th Street). They serve quiche and baked goods (scones, muffins, cookies and breads) for breakfast. They have a full selection of coffee drinks, then have a line of panini sandwiches, soup and salads for lunch.
The shop is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
John and I popped in for lunch Monday. After going through the panini selections, we both ruled out the turkey selections. I've had turkey all but one day since last Wednesday. John also has had several holiday meals.
"And I think I'm having turkey tonight," he said.
Since I had first choice this week, I selected The Umpqua, which comes with ham, bacon, cheddar cheese, roasted red peppers, avocado spread, red onion, spinach and chipotle aioli.
John ordered The Rogue, billed as "The Ultimate Grilled Cheese" with provolone, sharp cheddar, avocado spread, tomato and bacon.
The sandwiches are $8.50 each and I got a house coffee to bring our total to $18.75.
Their other panini selections are:
The Winchester – Roast beef, caramelized onions, spinach, gorgonzola, provolone, tomato with Parmesan garlic aioli.
The Smith – Roast turkey, artichoke hearts, roasted red pepper, spinach, sharp cheddar with basil aioli and balsamic vinegar.
The Scholfield – Roast turkey, tomato, spinach, caramelized onions, provolone with basil aioli.
Chris was in Salem for the day, but Sheryl came out and chatted with us and told us that each of the sandwiches were specially designed after each of their family members. The Rogue was designed for daughter, Lizzie, who loves cheese according to Sheryl.
Sheryl said she preferred The Rogue without the avocado spread, which is also the way John said he would order it the next time. He's not a big avocado guy, but wanted to try the sandwich as it was on the menu. He also noted, "You can never go wrong with bacon."
Sheryl also said The Rogue is a huge seller when they have tomato soup (usually Thursdays). The have an $8.50 special where you can choose any two of the following: Half sandwich, slice of quiche, soup of the day, or side salad.
She also said that she's going to start making some of their holiday muffin flavors into mini-loaves that would make tasty holiday gifts.
I enjoyed The Umpqua. The roasted red peppers, avocado and chipotle aioli give this sandwich plenty of flavors and textures.
By no means is this one of the "massive" lunches we've had at other places. It was plenty to satisfy our hunger, but not so much that John had to alter his running schedule to give his lunch time to settle.
So if you're in the Reedsport area and are looking for a cup of coffee, some baked goods or even a sandwich, you now have another place to visit.