Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, bread bowls make appetizers or simple meals a bit heartier. Previously relegated to soups, bread bowls now act as the edible serving utensil for dips, chilis, and even salads. The added pleasure of the bread bowl is that it allows you to continue to enjoy the flavors of the food that have soaked into the bowl long after the contents are gone. These Atlanta eateries ensure that both the bread and the contents are equally delicious. So don’t be afraid to eat your bowl after your meal is complete.
Hours: Mon to Fri -6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat to Sun -7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
If you are in a rush for your yummy lunch, order from Cuzi Fresh Café online and it will be ready for you when you arrive. Your bread bowl can contain any one of the following soups or chili including Kickin’ Beef, Artichoke Chicken, Broccoli & Cheese, Loaded Baked Potato, Chicken Gumbo, Tomato Basil, and Vegetable Lentil. Baked goods are made fresh in house. If you have time for a more leisurely visit, diverse seating options include fireside or the pet friendly patio.
Hours: Mon -11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Tues to Sat -11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sun -Noon.-1 a.m.
Brick Store Pub is most known for the number of exotic brews on the menu. In fact, it has a main bar that offers local, national and international brands and a Belgian bar which only offers Belgian offerings. Brick Store Pub compliments this beer menu with a “fine bar menu.” One of the fine items on this menu is the Volcano which is spicy Brunswick stew with a sourdough bowl. Brick Store Pub also serves seasonal soups from October to March.
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Hours: Sun to Sat -10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Although McAlister’s Deli receives raves for its sweet tea, it offers much more than that. For lunch you can pick up one of several soups and chilis and for an additional price, the daily soup or chili will be served in a bread bowl. McAlister’s also serves all the traditional sandwiches you would expect from a deli in addition to a number of loaded baked potatoes. If you cannot visit one of the four locations in Georgia, order online. While you are online, you can determine how many minutes on the elliptical will be necessary to work off your bread bowl by using the online calorie calculator.
Hours: Mon to Thurs—7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri—7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat—8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun—9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
About 15 minutes outside the heart of downtown Atlanta sits Atlanta Bread in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Similar to Panera Bread’s artisan cafe style, Atlanta Bread provides quick service, fresh baked breads, hand crafted sandwiches and hot soups. Choose from chili or a bowl of the soup of the day served in a fresh baked roll of sourdough to satisfy your bread bowl fix. Also choose from a long list of paninis, salads and hot breakfast sandwiches.
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Sebrina Bush is a freelance writer in Atlanta. She is covering Food & Drink. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.