Free bread at the chains: The reason we eat out?

I say no. You came for the free bread anyway, you might as well get as much as you want.


Below is a list of chain restaurants that offer free bread. I may have missed a few. If I did post a comment.


LongHorn - Not a fan of their steak but they have dang good bread and butter. It's homemade butter and the bread is warm, filling and is served on a bread board.


Red Lobster - The famous cheddar biscuits. This is possibly the best thing they offer at here.


Carrabba's Italian Grill - Warm bread served with olive oil and herbs in a dish. It's served steaming hot. However, for a real treat pass on the olive oil and ask for Carraba's butter on the side.


Olive Garden - Bread sticks, yes people go crazy for these bad boys. Personally I think they are a bit overrated, but somehow whenever I am there I still find myself stuffing 3-5 down my throat.


Outback - Honey wheat bread. It's good but only if it's served piping hot. For an added bonus ask for homemade honey butter on the side.


Cheesecake Factory - The serve a variety of breads in a basket, but the portion is not nearly enough. Then they leave you stranded at your table with a dish of evil frozen butter packets.



Bonefish Grill - Amazing bread, one of my favorites. They serve it with olive oil and herbs as well. Here is the bad news, they only have butter packets.


Hops - I miss Hops. They had the most unbelievable biscuits with sweet sauce on top.


Macaroni Grill - Another Italian bread favorite. Similar to Carrabba's with olive oil and herbs.


You have lots of great choices. But before you go practice saying, "Can I have more free bread?"


And if you really want to be Classy....ask for some take home with you.


(Editor's Note: Daniel Holm works for OSI Restaurant Partners, which owns Outback and Bonefish Grill.)

The free bread at restaurants is one of the great joys in life.

I often find myself making a decision on where to go to eat based on the free bread they offer. It's just so good. Most decent restaurants will bring you free bread at some point during the dining experience, and it's usually a highlight of the evening. How do you feel when it doesn't happen? You're left at your table quietly wondering, "Where the HECK is the free bread?!?!" If a restaurant doesn't offer free bread, why even bother going?

We really don't take advantage of this sweet deal enough, though. Think about it! When is the last time you asked for seconds on the free bread? Is it wrong? Is it improper?

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