Healthy. Fresh. Locally-Sourced. Sustainable. Colorful. Comfort food. Affordable. Those are all words to describe the menu choices at Five Loaves Cafe with three locations in the Charleston area. 1) In Charleston itself at 43 Cannon Street 2) In Mt. Pleasant on Johnnie Dodds Blvd. and 3) In Summerville at 214 N. Cedar St. We had a great lunch at the Summerville location on the way home from a recent trip to Charleston. It was easily found right off I-26.
Five Loaves Cafe was founded in 2003 by Chef/Owner Casey Glowacki, who actually stood on the street corner in front of his first Charleston location offering soup samples to people passing by. Those tasters must have liked that soup. By 2004, Glowacki was joined by Partner/Owner Joe Fischbein, and they have become a very successful team with Glowacki working culinary magic and Fischbein overseeing the service and inner workings.
Eating out in the Charleston area is often a big-ticket item in a vacation budget. At Five Loaves Cafe, you can enjoy a nutritious, well-prepared meal at a great price. And there are numerous vegetarian options, if you are so inclined.
Five Loaves Cafe was recently named in an article titled “8 Charleston Restaurants Perfect for When You’re Feeling Ill.” That makes logical sense considering the house made soups that are made fresh each day. Just yesterday, the daily soup specials, for example, were: Minestrone; Chicken tortilla; Asparagus, goat cheese and dill; Potato broccoli and cheddar; Mexican chicken chili with avocado and cilantro and Tomato tarragon with crab meat. Surely there was one on the list to suit pretty much ANYBODY.
The All-Natural Chicken Caesar Salad made the list of “27 Things You Need to Eat in Charleston Before You Die,” according to writer Rachel Labarre. Have you SEEN how many restaurants there are in Charleston? Can you imagine how many mouthwatering menu items could be found in that number of restaurants? It’s quite a compliment to be mentioned in such a category.
The lunch menu offers a 1/2 sandwich/soup or 1/2 sandwich/salad combination, and the sandwiches can be made from any of these breads: sourdough, croissant, multi-grain, rye, baguette or a spinach tortilla.
Check out the photos of the lunch choices enjoyed by the people at my table last week.
Maybe another great reason to give Five Loaves Cafe a try is how conducive it is to an enjoyable reunion of old friends.