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 or grilled pork loin with spicy blue cheese spread, all served on your choice of bread. At night, the menu expands to include a range of hearty pasta dishes like shrimp gnocchi and butternut squash ravioli, plus tasty comfort fare like honey mustard-glazed salmon and curried chicken over jasmine rice. —Robert Moss Dish (Summer 2015)
Housemade soups, salads, and sandwiches.