Alex: One of my new favorite places to grab a bite during my lunch break is the Village Bread Cafe off of Philips Highway. I have to admit, when Heather first took me there and we turned into the parking lot that it shares with some industrial warehouses, I was a bit concerned. But as soon as I stepped out of the car and I could smell the scent of fresh baked bread, I knew that I had nothing to worry about.
Once you get inside, the interior is a pleasant café that belies the stark exterior. This isn’t my first time here, so we plan ahead and grab some delicious oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and a cherry turnover when we order before another lunch rush arrives. I got the village cheesesteak with a side of bread pudding, and Heather ordered the village veggie sandwich with their amazing potato bacon soup.
While we were waiting for our food, we bit into one of the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. We’d been lucky enough to grab the last two out of the jar, so we made sure to savor them! It is hard to for me to describe something a fundamental as a chocolate chip cookie, but when something is tasty it is no less impressive for being relatively simple. No matter what way you look at it, it was miles above anything you’d snag in a grocery store. The cherry turnover had the misfortune of looking better than it tasted.
The cheesesteak portion of my sandwich was a standard affair; meat with peppers and onions smothered in cheese. Thankfully there wasn’t any unpleasant gristle, and they also didn’t overload it with bell peppers and drown out the steak flavor. The best part of it was the bread itself; grilled ciabatta, not too crusty and perfect for soaking up all the juice from the meat. My side dish was their bread pudding, which I am still absolutely amazed that they offer as a side dish rather than only as a full dessert. It’s not incredibly over sweet like most bread pudding I’ve had before, which really allows the vanilla sauce to work its magic.
We were just finishing up as another lunch crowd started flooding in, which is only to be expected at that time of day. I really enjoy Village Bread and it’s a great place to get out of the office for at least a little while and enjoy some absolutely great sandwiches.
Heather: My Village Veggie was delicious – stuffed full of veggies with avocado spread on one side and honey walnut cream cheese on the other. It is a great mix of flavors and something I’ll definitely order again. I normally love the potato bacon soup, but for some reason it just wasn’t hitting the spot on this lunch. When I used to work in the Southside area, we’d get lunch from Village Bread at least once a month. The oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are a meal on their own, and would be something I highly recommend. The food is standard cafe fare, nothing crazy inventive is on the menu, and sometimes that’s quite alright.
Village Bread Cafe
5215 Phillips Highway