Since my birthday was spent up at my grandparents’ house, my family decided to go out for a birthday lunch today when everyone was healthy (thank goodness it was only a 24-hour bug, Ma!) and we were all back home. Destination?
Bread & Bean!
It was my first time there (my mom and dad recommended it from previous visits), and I absolutely loved every minute of it! Since Layne and I already had dinner plans (stay tuned for my next post on that), we went for a late lunch.
The menu was huggeee – filled with “soup for the soul,” “the big pasta parade,” and the “wide world of wraps.” But OBVI the best part of the menu were the paninis. Duh!
The place was decked out for the holidays – loved it!
Isn’t it cute?
Besides Andrew ordering a good ‘ol burger, the whole fam went with paninis. (My dad’s Chicago style ‘nini was delish: filled with Italian beef and a juicy marinara sauce.)
Though the specials were tempting (especially the desserts)…
…I went with the Chicken Florentine: one of my favorite ‘sammiches at school (but much better here 🙂 ). Grilled to perfection, the sandwich featured sliced chicken breast, provolone cheese, garlic-roasted spinach, and a creamy, pesto sauce. Mmm, tasty much?
Can I please take a moment to bow down to these chips? Holyyyyy cow these things were addicting! So crunchy it was unbelievable! I’m not usually a big fan of chips, but these were beyond crazy-good. I especially liked the super-curly ones (those were guaranteed an extra crunch!)
I am No Doubt (remember that band?) returning to this little eatery! I’m not exaggerating when I say everything on the menu looked delicious (well, unless it included fish/seafood – which I can’t remember if it did). I could literally start from the top of the menu and work my way down, and probably wouldn’t be disappointed with any of the selections. (Though that would take a lot of money, and I’d probably get sick of paninis by then. Though, IS THAT POSSIBLE? With my new panini maker, we shall see!)
Plus, the company during the meal couldn’t be beat 🙂
The only thing that could have made this outing more fun?