Let’s be honest. For many of us, the best part about dining out is the bread basket. We are seated at our table and as we peruse the menu, the server carries over a basket of bread. Although some of us try to avoid it, when the bread is served warm the haunting aroma calls to us and before we know it we are digging in. Sometimes we even ruin our appetite for dinner when the bread is especially delicious. Some restaurants serve flavored infused butters for spreading, while others offer oils for dipping. For the carb lovers out there, here are the top 9 restaurants offering up the best bread baskets in America. The selections here are sure to ruin your dinner in the best way possible.
Nestled in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Daniel brings contemporary French cuisine to New York. This renowned restaurant has a two star Michelin rating, so there is no doubt it is worth the time and effort to dine here. As you would expect, the bread here is out of this world. From sourdough with flax, pumpkin and sunflower seeds to focaccia flavored with garlic, parmesan and thyme, every diner is sure to be pleased. And if those are not enough then try the olive ciabatta, the sourdough baguette or the sea salt brioche. So many options, all of which are baked in such a flavorful way. The key here is taking small samples of each so you can try them all and still save room for your entrée. Each one deserves a taste for sure.
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Urban Farmer Steakhouse is dedicated to serving locally sourced steaks to its customers. The rustic atmosphere is quite inviting, and the food served here is carefully prepared. This quaint theme is carried through nicely with the bread, which is served inside tin tubes. These tubes are used to bake cornbread for dinner and zucchini bread for brunch. The zucchini bread is nicely finished off with some grated chocolate. The rustic presentation here is sure to be something you will remember. And you will certainly have fun digging into your bread straight from the can!
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Offering elevated versions of Delta and Lowcountry classics, Sissy’s Southern Kitchen & Bar is true to its roots. From fried chicken to gumbo, you can enjoy all of the traditional Southern cooking here, yet experience it at a gourmet level. As you would expect, biscuits and cornbread are in the bread basket here. But again, everything is taken up a notch. Cream biscuits and jalapeno cornbread muffins are served with sweetened whipped butter. These delights will surely please you as you wait for your entrée. And you may have to remind yourself to hold back so you can save some room. They are that good!
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The name of this restaurant actually comes from the Italian word for the small boot-shaped piece of bread used to scoop up the leftover sauce at the bottom of the pot. With a bread inspired name you would expect the perfect bread to be served so you can partake in this Italian tradition of leaving no drop of sauce behind. Here at Scarpetta a perfect ciabatta bread is served with eggplant caponata, mascarpone whipped butter and garlic and citrus infused olive oil. There is also a Stromboli stuffed with a house made salami and cheese. The hardest part here will be saving any bread to use at the end of the meal to soak up that leftover sauce!
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The ever-changing menu at Volver Restaurant offers 8 and 12 course tasting menus that are inspired by Chef Jose Garces’ worldly travels. Using local and seasonal ingredients, an innovative menu is always offered here. Whether you opt for the short or long course tasting menu, be prepared to start off delighted with freshly baked thyme bread. Spread on the butter churned from smoked cream and start the journey for your taste buds off on the right foot. Your visit here is sure to entertain all of your senses, and the croissant-like bread is just the beginning.
Taking a modern twist on the traditional steakhouse, RPM Steak in Chicago’s River North neighborhood has a contemporary menu and an award-winning wine list. Everything here is sophisticated but not pretentious. And this applies to the food as well. Choose from two house made breads – Parker House Rolls served with a Rosemary Nordic butter or Cheddar and Black Pepper Popovers. Both will hit the spot, but the Parker House Rolls are given a nice twist as they are served as a cluster of pull-apart buns. This is a fun way to share bread at your table, and is a true reflection of the vibe at RPM.
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This Washington DC restaurant is dedicated to breaking new ground when it comes to food and beer. With over 555 artisanal beers available, you certainly won’t have trouble finding one to enjoy with your meal. The food here is diverse and unique. While you’re perusing the menu you will find yourself distracted by the beautiful bread board placed in front of you. Yes, rather than a basket, three varieties of breads are displayed on a board, lined up and waiting to be sampled. The breads rotate, but you can usually find pretzel rolls and an olive roll. Butter and beer mustard are provided for dipping. What a great way to start off an amazing meal.
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When you talk about outrageous presentation and creativity with food, no discussion is complete without talking about Barton G. The Restaurant in Los Angeles. Menu items are served in some of the most unique and unusual ways you will ever see. From Mac N Cheese served in a mouse trap to cotton candy oozing out of Marie Antoinette’s head, Barton G.’s takes food to an art form. And the bread served here is given the same attention. In fact, you may not even realize it is bread at first. The bread rolls are shaped like doughnuts, and they appear to be frosted. However, they are in fact bread rounds topped with basil, cheddar, pink peppercorn and black truffles. This is a bread basket worth taking a picture of before you dig in!
Taking Indian cuisine and giving it a Southern feel, Chuahan Ale & Masala House serves Nashville a truly unique dining experience. Just recently opened in 2014, this establishment has already received quite a bit of recognition and is clearly already making its mark on the restaurant scene. As you would guess, the bread served here is inspired by India. Patrons are given fresh naan bread with various chutneys, sauces and butters for dipping. These accompaniments change with the seasons, so they are sure to be fresh and full of flavor. This bread is a perfect appetizer or side to just about any dish on the menu here, as it will complete the full experience of this Indian meets Southern cuisine.