As the cold weather arrives in Colorado, so does the need for a meal that really sticks to the ribs. Soup is often sought after when looking for a meal to warm the belly, but many times overlooked as a main course. All of that changes when warm bread and hearty fillings are combined into a bread bowl, transforming the simple winter staple. To find the perfect cup of soup or bread bowl in Denver, look no further than these restaurants.
Hours: Sun 10 a.m.-8:04 p.m.; Mon to Fri 7 a.m.-9:04 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-9:04 p.m.
Offering a slightly different take on the traditional bread bowl, Nono’s Café intrigues its brunch guests with “breakfast in bread.” This masterpiece is a delightful bowl of bread carved to fit potatoes, ham, onions and eggs, and then filled with creamy sausage gravy. For those searching for the perfect combo of bread bowl and brunch, this is a must-try.
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Hours: Mon to Fri 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
This locally-owned restaurant has been voted to have the city’s best soup, and scores major points for small business owners in the independent versus chain restaurant debate. Three Sisters serves standard café fare, including paninis, wraps, salads and sandwiches, but where it really shines is with its soup. Because the soup is fresh, the selection changes daily, and each cup is served with a large, freshly baked slice side of Bavarian or white bread.
Four locations in Denver
Although a national chain, Panera Bread still sets high standards for itself by only providing the kind of freshness neighborhood bakeries are usually renowned for. Choose from a long list of soups and stews, including French onion, broccoli cheddar and steak chili. If you’re really hungry, pair your soup or stew with a freshly-baked bread bowl to create the perfect meal for a cold day.
Hours: Mon to Fri 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat 7:30 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Sun 7:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.
The Bakery Café started out small, but has grown into a thriving restaurant that strives to provide its customers with freshly baked breads and house made sandwiches, sweets and soups. Tear off pieces of your bread bowl to dip in a traditional roasted tomato basil soup or spice it up with Bakery Café’s zesty chicken tortilla soup.
Hours: Mon to Sat 11: a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-4: p.m.
By using the freshest ingredients to create high quality authentic soups, Zoup deserves its place as a contender on the list of Denver’s top soup spots. While the soup is outstanding, the restaurant moves itself into the excellent category by offering each of its unique soups—like the chicken pot pie version—in a fresh bread bowl.
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