Hours: Lunch & Dinner (Mon.-Sat.). Sunday Brunch, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant location. Downtown closed Sunday.
Five Loaves Cafe has mastered the fine art of the soup-and-sandwich combo, and that’s why there’s usually a line out the door at lunchtime. The rotating selection of half a dozen soups are made daily with fresh ingredients in a sparkling array of flavors. A thick cheddar and potato puree has a subtle, smoky heat from chipotle peppers, while there’s a sweet spiciness to the carrot, ginger, and cilantro. Perhaps my favorite is the creamy asparagus and bacon soup, which has sublime bits of semi-melted blue cheese hidden away inside. You can pair the soups with one of a dozen sandwiches such as a hot ham and brie with green tomato jam, served on your choice of bread. At night, the menu expands to include a range of hearty pasta dishes like shrimp gnocchi and tri colored cheese tortellini, plus tasty comfort fare like chicken paillard and a filet with bleu cheese crust, roasted mushrooms, rosemary potatoes, seasonal veg, and demi glaze. The downtown location has also added a juice bar so you can get your fruit fix while you wait to eat. —Kinsey Gidick (Dish, Winter 2019)
Housemade soups, salads, and sandwiches.