The great and wise Oprah Winfrey once said, “I love bread,” and I’ve never hooked a millionaire more in that moment.
I can eat bread all day, every day. An English muffin for breakfast, sandwich bread for lunch, and a hot Italian bread stick to savor some spaghetti sauce for dinner. Give me all the carbohydrates.
Which is why I love going to a chain restaurant for dinner, just so I can enjoy the free bread. True, not every restaurant chain offers free bread to its diners (what gives, Buffalo Wild Wings?), but those that do are on a whole other level, just because of the bread.
Sure, you can get a better meal at a local restaurant. I always try to eat out at local restaurants, but sometimes you just have a craving for Texas Roadhouse rolls and cinnamon butter, and you can’t help yourself!
So without further ado, here I am unofficial (yet very scientificFree bread ratings from chain restaurants.
9. Longhorn Steakhouse
While Longhorn Steakhouse has good bread, there’s nothing to write home about. You get a lot of it (especially if you’re eating alone or with someone else), but I’ve never craved it like I do with others. You also have to cut it yourself, and who wants to cut their bread while dining out? I’m not trying to do more work!
8. Romano’s Rosemary Macaroni Grill Bread
The rosemary bread from Macaroni Grill is actually very good, and for some it may be a controversial choice. Honestly, it would be higher on this list if I actually lived in a state with one. There was one when I was growing up, and I loved baking. It’s so much better than eating just one roll, and that’s because of the rosemary.
7. Wheat bread with honey and wheat served by Outback Steakhouse Restaurant
This is honestly very difficult because I love all these breads so much, but decisions have to be made. Again, this may be a controversial choice, but hear me out. The bread from Outback is very good, but it’s honey wheat bread, and some people aren’t big fans of wheat bread. However, if you are a fan of wheat bread with honey, you will probably love this bread. He’s losing points because it’s not universal bread.
6. Brown Bread Cheesecake Factory
Again, I’d die for bread from the Cheesecake Factory (plus their large and extensive menu), but it’s wheat bread, so it’s not for everyone. The only reason this ranks higher than Outback bread is because you can buy it at the grocery store. Now that’s what I like to call marketing and branding.
5. Cracker Barrel biscuits and corn cakes
There is something magical about going to Cracker Barrel, right? It’s one of those chain restaurants you only go to when you’re on a road trip for some reason, and what other chain restaurants can you shop at while waiting for a table? Besides how good it is, its bread isn’t half bad either. While there is definitely a restaurant with better biscuits on this list, Cracker Barrel gets bonus points for serving up cornbread muffins, too.
4. Italian Carrabba Bread
Well, this is where we start with sectioning the hair. All of these restaurants have delicious bread, but one has to come out on top. Carrabba’s Italian bread ranks fourth, and I can’t tell you enough about how much I love bread. Although it is a very basic Italian bread, they have really mastered it. The crunchy crust and soft interior are incredible, and don’t even get me started on the oil and herbs they give you to dip in. It makes you feel like the bread isn’t bad for you because you dip it in olive oil not butter, which means I feel better about ordering a giant bowl of fettuccine alfredo.
3. Breadsticks in the olive garden
Now before you come to me with the pitchfork, just hear me out! I recently took a trip to Olive Garden for some unlimited soup, salad, and breadsticks (is there anything better?), and I had a discovery: breadsticks really aren’t worth the hype. Yes, it’s delicious, and yes, it really is endless, but at the end of the day it’s just a basic bread stick. The Bosco sticks I used to have at high school lunches are even better. They rank very high because, like I said, they keep them out and are great to use as a dipping vessel.
2. Cheddar Biscuits by Red Lobster
Cheddar Bay biscuits? It’s like cheddar cheese slaughter Biscuit, am I right? There are so many things I can say about this biscuit. First of all, it is the excellent biscuit from any chain or fast food restaurant. I’m sorry Kentucky, but these cookies take the prize home. It’s always warm when you come to the table, and the combination of cheese and salty is really out of this world. The only reason they don’t get first place is that there is often a wait until they get to the table. It’s just good.
1. Texas Roadhouse Rolls
Am I a little biased because I’ve waited tables at Texas Roadhouse for six years? It is possible, but there are millions who will agree with me. Not only are the rolls tender, plump, and buttery, but the cinnamon-honey butter that makes the muffin froth is out of this world. And the best part? They give you many of them for free. Not only are you seated straight away at your table with a basket of bread, but the servers bring it to you like it’s getting old fashioned. Trust me, I will know. You can also buy dozens of ready-made rolls. How amazing is this? I love you, Texas Roadhouse Rolls. Never change.
Do you agree with my choices? Let me know in the comments!