Hot creamy soup in a flaky bowl made of bread creates an easy combination that results in a delicious meal. This is an enticing way to warm up on a cold day or can serve as yummy comfort food any day. Pick your favorite soup for the inside, then dip and eat your bowl as you sip. Here are some of the best to try in the metroplex.
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fri to Sat – 24 hours; Sun 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Café Brazil’s slogan “not just another coffee house” describes the café exactly, because it serves delicious food in addition to a large selection of coffees. Breakfast is served all day, but the bread bowls are a must try. The bread bowls come with a choice of homemade chili, tortilla soup, black bean soup, or the soup of the day, which often includes favorites like chicken noodle and tomato bisque. Café Brazil has 11 locations around the Metroplex and most are open late night, or even 24 hours on the weekends.
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Other locations in Uptown, Addison, and Highland Park
Mostly known as a salad place, this healthy lunch locale also serves your choice of soup in a bread bowl, but you won’t find the standard soups here. Instead try tasty and unique flavors like pear and pumpkin, pesto soup, and ancho tortilla soup. A bread bowl is only $5.25 or you can try three flavors with a soup sampler for $9.25.
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Hours: Mon to Sun – 6:30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Other locations in Plano and Richardson
Main Street Bakery is not only a bakery, but also a full service restaurant and catering company. One of its offerings (only as long as that morning’s batch lasts, though) is a bread bowl filled with tomato basil or the soup of the day. There is not a set soup of the day, so it varies depending on what the chef wants to make, but has included cream of mushroom, French onion, potato, corn chowder and chili.
Hours: Mon to Sun – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Good Eats advertises its menu as “handmade food, Texas style,” so expect the portions to be big. The bread bowl favorite at Good Eats is on the appetizer menu. The spinach artichoke dip is served in a wheat bread bowl with a side of tortilla chips, giving you two options to scoop the warm dip. It’s enough to share if you want to try one of the “home cooking” style entrees such as the chicken fried steak, meatloaf or chicken pot pie, as well.
Hours: Mon to Fri – 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 1p.m.; Sun – 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
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Although it’s known for handcrafted beer, the full menu at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse offers its share of soup. The hearty minestrone, piranha pale ale chili and broccoli cheddar are all tastier in a sourdough bread bowl. This option is available upon request, and much better than the cold, hard, plastic one it would come in otherwise. Try a Harvest Hefeweizen or BJ’s P.M. Porter along with your soup and sourdough for the perfect meal.
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Emilie currently works in Dallas television and worked with KRLD Restaurant Week for several years before that. She is always trying new places around the Metroplex to find the best food and unique things to do. See her work here.