November 08, 2003
Atlanta Bread Company is billed as “a leader in the bakery café
segment, offering guests consistently great food made from fresh, quality
ingredients.” In some ways, they seem like a fancy fast-food restaurant.
Food is counter-ordered and picked up, similar to a Schlotzsky’s Deli.
However, ABC also has an on-site bakery with coffee service. The interior
decor is also quite pleasing. With large comfy chairs and designer track
lighting. They also have good seating for children. Their highchairs are
new, plastic, and very easy to use.
On this date, we were served by Linda who was extremely helpful. She
allowed us to sample a small quantity of one of the items before ordering;
a quality of high-end restaurants where individual chef’s sometimes change
the menu daily.
We ordered a half sandwich (roast beef on rye), a “loaf of soup” (pasta
fagoli), and a Caesar salad. The portions at ABC are always fairly large.
While many people may not find a half-sandwich enough to fill up on, but
combined with other menu items it is a fine addition. The roast beef at
ABC is good, not too fatty, but is served cold. If you prefer hot roast
beef, they will warm it in the microwave, but otherwise it comes as a cold
cut. One of the signature items at ABC is the “loaf of soup.” It is a large
piece of bread that has had a bowl shape cut into its center which is then
filled with soup. The top portion that has been cut out becomes your dinner
roll. Atlanta Bread has a weekly soup menu that rotates daily; i.e. there
are Sunday soups, and Monday soups, etc. The Caesar salad is a large portion
with fresh lettuce, powdered parmesan cheese, croutons (made from a variety
of breads such as rye and pumpernickel), and comes with a small sourdough
roll. Chicken can be added for a small additional charge. The Caesar dressing
served with the salad is spectacular and is not to be missed. It is both
rich and creamy, full of flavor, and will likely appeal to even those who
have not been fond of other Caesar dressings. On this day we had
the chicken added to the salad. The chicken has a strong flavor, but is
served cold on the salad. I did not particularly like the chicken on the
salad because its strong flavor clashed with the dressing and because of
it being cold.
Total Price for this Meal : $16.71
Atlanta Bread Company
2160 W. Evans St
Ste 60, Florence Mall
Florence SC 29501
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