When the weather turns wintry, nothing says comfort food like a bread bowl brimming with soup or chili. Panera Bread and McAlister’s Deli, both national chains, are renowned for their bread bowl soups, offered year-round. Even Domino’s, known for pizza, recently jumped on the bread bowl wagon, offering pasta in bread bowls as a special in selected markets. Explore these locally owned places to find bread bowls on the menu this winter.
Dunwellz Custom Kitchen And Pour House
7110 Brighton Park Drive
Mint Hill, NC 28227
Located near the intersection of the Matthews-Mint Hill Road (NC 51) and Lawyers Road on the east side of Charlotte, this friendly neighborhood pub serves its chili and soups in bread bowls for a small additional charge. Choose between chili topped with onions and cheese, loaded potato soup topped with bacon, sour cream and cheese or the soup of the day. Regulars rave about the buffalo shrimp, grilled wings and French dip sandwiches on the menu here. You can also build a salad or burger to your personal specifications, including having your burger served on a glazed donut. Daily drink specials plus the largest craft beer selection in Mint Hill, including several local brews on draft, make this a favorite hangout with the bar crowd, but the “Kidz” menu is especially varied making Dunwellz a good spot for family meals as well.
East Coast Wings And Grill
North Crest Shopping Center
9711 Northlake Centre Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28216
This locally owned wing joint serves signature chili and buffalo chicken soup in sourdough bread bowls. The chili is full of ground beef and five varieties of beans, while the creamy buffalo chicken contains chunks of roasted chicken, garlic, sautéed onions and celery. Both are topped with tortilla strips and your choice of East Coast’s award-winning hot sauces in heats ranging from medium hot to inferno. Located near the Northlake Mall, this spot has a full bar and wings available in 75 flavors, plus nine heat levels. Wings are 59 cents each on Mondays and Thursdays, and kids eat free on Wednesday evenings.
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
9605 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28262
Known for its huge selection of beers, Flying Saucer also offers a full pub-style menu, including a rich and spicy beer cheese soup spiked with English brown ale and served in a bread bowl. The rest of the menu displays a strong German slant with bratwurst, soft pretzels and Rueben-style sandwiches headlining, but a variety of other items are available as well, from house-smoked salmon and pizza to cheese and sausage plates with suggested beer pairings. Flying Saucer, tremendously popular with the nearby University community, is the place to learn more about beer, with a constantly changing selection of over 200 different brews created by every process known to man available in bottle and on tap.
Great Harvest Bread North Charlotte
1824 East Arbors Drive
Charlotte, NC 28262
Located next door to the Trader Joe’s on W. Mallard Creek Road in the Highland Creek neighborhood, this locally owned bakery is serving a winter special of soup in a bread bowl. The Hamilton family bakes bread fresh daily onsite, milling the whole wheat flour on stone mills. A changing list of breads is available each day of the week, along with cookies, scones, muffins and teacakes. A menu of lunch items, including soups, sandwiches and salads, is available Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Soups, including tomato bisque, cream of potato, vegetable and soup of the day, come in eight-ounce cups with a roll or in a freshly baked 12-ounce bread bowl.
The Pub At Gateway
710 W. Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Enjoy soup or homemade chili in a fresh bread bowl at this neighborhood pub across from the Johnson and Wales University campus. Daily drink specials, half-price appetizers from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 50-cent drafts on Fridays and a full menu served until 1:30 a.m. make this a favorite stop in the Center City at any time of day. Sandwiches are made from Boar’s Head meats, the cheese is sliced in-house and the bread comes from Nova’s Bakery. Entertainment includes live acoustic music, poker tournaments and plenty of sports on TV.
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