When the degrees dip in Los Angeles, restaurants highlight menus that reflect the cooler winter temps. Hearty soups, robust chilis and even breakfast are being served inside freshly baked boules. Bread bowls are round sourdough (usually) loaves that have the inside scooped out and are then filled with broths, chowders and stews. There are lots of options when stepping out for a bread bowl meal.
Pacific Wharf Cafe
Disney California Adventure Park
1313 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
If you find yourself spending the day at Disneyland Resorts in Anaheim, take a taste of San Francisco at Pacific Wharf Cafe. Located inside Disney California Adventure Park, this cafe is an excellent choice for breakfast, if you arrive to the park early. The eatery’s morning boule features scrambled eggs served inside a traditional French sourdough boule, with bacon and fruit on the side. Later in the day, visit Pacific Wharf Cafe for more bread bowl options including clam chowder, broccoli and cheese soup, tomato bisque and Vallejo vegetarian chili. Park admission is required to visit the restaurant.
17300 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Known for its bread bowl chowders, Gladstones is a Southern California landmark that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. For more than 40 years, Gladstones has served fresh seafood dishes including a raw bar and surf and turf. Choose outdoor patio seating and warm up with a sourdough bread bowl filled with creamy chowder and ocean clams or a Manhattan fish chowder with tomatoes, vegetables and fresh fish.
La Provence Patisserie & Cafe
8950 W. Olympic Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Chef/owner Farshid Hakim is recognized for his Parisian pastries, macarons, croissants and rustic fare. Using farm-fresh ingredients, chef Hakim’s chili in a boule sates both carb and protein cravings. Made with Yona’s turkey chili, this homemade entree is served in a whole sourdough boule with the insides scooped out. La Provence also recommends ordering the cafe’s country vegetable puree, vegetarian French onion soup or the soup du jour in the freshly baked bread.
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Sage Vegan Bistro
1700 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Sage Vegan Bistro is a neighborhood cafe that cares about offering lots of food options for its patrons. Cooking with produce from local organic farms including South Central and Tutti Frutti, Sage Vegan Bistro has created savory and healthy soups, perfect for those chilly LA days. Choose from bread bowls or cups to enjoy your warm dish. Sage presents New England-style potato chowder, which is created with dulse sea vegetables and sweet corn, a French lentil soup complemented with an artichoke crostini, black bean chili served atop polenta seasoned with garlic and sage or the bistro’s cold raw soup of the day. Whether you face food allergies, are vegan or eat it all, there is something for everyone.
Tub’s Fine Chili & Fancy Fixins
4263 Overland Ave.
Culver City, CA 90230
Known for chili, chili and more chili, this Culver City diner will not steer you wrong when you are hankering for a warm meal. Tub’s serves all of its chilis (unless requested) in a toasted bread tub. The toasted bread bowl is unlike the traditional sourdough bowl. Creative-named chilis are served in this thin pita-like bowl. There are so many chili choices at Tub’s including Steak Town (marinated steak chili), Chuck Wagon Grind (made with charbroiled ground chuck), Turkey Drive (a lean turkey meat chili), Chicken & Spurs (roasted chicken, hominy, green chilies and sagebrush seasonings), Cattleman’s Pass (for the veggie-lover) and Campfire Triple-B (the “b” stands for beef, bacon and bean).
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