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Bread, I Love You!

The Definitive Ranking Of Free Restaurant Bread

17. Logan’s Roadhouse Rolls

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These rolls are delectable. Immersed in buttery goodness, generally warm to the touch, ready to melt in your mouth. Grab a napkin, mouths have started to water.

16. Fazoli’s Breadsticks

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Is there anything better than free breadsticks? Probably not. While you might have had better breadsticks in your life, you won’t be able to stop yourself from continuously asking for a breadstick refill. Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us.

15. Ruby Tuesday’s Biscuits

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What’s better than the Ruby Tuesday’s salad bar? Their complimentary biscuits. A warm cheddar-y explosion in your mouth. They’re so small, go ahead and eat the whole plate.

14. Longhorn Steakhouse Rolls

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Usually, anytime you have to slice your own bread at restaurants you’re probably like, “Really? Lame.” But at Longhorn it’s OK since that way you can slice a giant piece for yourself without feeing guilty.

13. Cracker Barrel Biscuits and Corn Muffins

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Whether slathered with butter and jam or simply with gravy, both are delectable and the perfect accompaniment to your Southern breakfast. Plus, if you’re too full after your meal you can chill on one of the $199 rockers that are out front of every restaurant.

12. Romano’s Macaroni Grill Rosemary Bread

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Rosemary may not be everyone’s groove, but in this case it should be since this bread is tasty and legit. Dense and chewy in just the right way, it is just one more stop on your road to carb heaven.

11. Johnny Carino’s Bread

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Johnny Carino’s delivers bread with the perfect amount of crunchy exterior paired with a soft doughy center. You might not even want to order dinner. However, beware of the extra crunchy loaves, or you’ll have breadcrumbs in places no bread crumb has ever traveled before.

10. Carrabba’s Bread

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Your love affair with bread will only heighten after a visit to Carrabba’s. It might not be the best you’ve ever had, but it’s sure close.

9. Buca Di Beppo Bread

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When you think of the ideal crispy bread, this is it. That audible crunch as you take your first bite can only be outdone by the flavor. And good lord, THE FLAVOR.

8. O’Charley’s Rolls

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You can smell the wholesome goodness of these babies before they even arrive at your table. These rolls are so warm, buttery, and soft…you can’t have just one.

7. Outback Steakhouse Bread

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“That ain’t a bread loaf. This is a bread loaf!” – If Crocodile Dundee was your waiter at Outback.

But seriously, this big hunk of soft, dark bread with a crunchy crust is pretty great.

6. The Cheesecake Factory Bread

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What’s better than free bread? Two different kinds! Plus, if you manage to have any bread leftover at the end of your meal, Cheesecake Factory will pack it up for you to take home.

5. Mimi’s Cafe Bread Basket

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If an assortment of bread is what you are looking for, an assortment of bread is what you will receive at Mimi’s Cafe. Rustic rolls, carrot bread, maybe even a goddamn muffin, Mimi’s hooks you up.

4. C&O Garlic Knots

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These would have ranked higher if not for the fact that they’re only available at two locations – C&O Cucina and C&O Trattoria – both in Marina Del Ray, Calif. Trust that they are well worth the trip from wherever you are, because these little morsels of garlicky dough are too good to be missed. Like, so good, that if a zombie apocalypse broke out, the cure might just be C&O’s garlic knots.

3. Texas Roadhouse Rolls

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Two words: Cinnamon. Butter. If you’ve never tried them I feel bad for you and if you have I feel even worse, since you are probably thinking about them right now.

2. Olive Garden Breadsticks

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A true classic. Big, doughy, and unlimited, they are the first thing to be devoured, and even after your meal you will still have room to eat one more. What else could be better?

1. Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

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Does anyone even care that Red Lobster serves anything other than these? No, they don’t. There is almost nothing more intoxicating than the warm, herb and cheese smell wafting up from the little basket full of these bad boys. Seriously, these are heaven sent and the king of free restaurant bread.

The Definitive Ranking Of Free Restaurant Bread

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Men, I Need A Guinea Pig

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A couple of nights ago my Dad was in town so I made my first peach cobbler. It turned out alright – I used fresh peaches and didn’t cook them 1st before putting them in the cobbler so they weren’t quite ripe even after cooking for 45 minutes in the oven – Oopps! Oh well, I definitely know what to do better next time but the whole experience got me to thinking: How can I improve my cooking skills without someone to cook for?

While I don’t love to cook, it’s certainly something I want to get better at just in case (wink wink!). An area I really need to work on is my baking skills because I’m not good with desserts. I don’t have a sweet tooth so learning how to make good homemade desserts has never been important to me.

Without a significant other in my life there aren’t too many people around that I can call to come taste my home cooking. I’m certainly not going to bake a cake from scratch & eat it all by myself! (Although it was suggested that I can freeze it for later, but I prefer not to; thawed out cake is not all that good) So how am I supposed to practice? I don’t go to too many potlucks & my girlfriends and I usually eat out so I can’t really rely on them either for practice. I need a guinea pig…..a taste tester, if you will.  I need someone with a healthy appetite so I can try some new recipes.

The mother of one of my ex-boyfriends can cook anyone under the table – she IS just that good. I remember thinking she must’ve learned when she was single or while she was growing up, you know her mother probably passed down some family recipes to her. But she told me that she didn’t learn how to cook until after she got married. I was so surprised! She went on to say that when she was single there was no need for her to cook that much but because her husband was old school she had to learn how to cook soon after she got married. Of course, once they started a family she really learned how to throw down in the kitchen but it took years & years of cooking to learn how to get food “just right”.  Even though my exes mother is from the South and pretty traditional, she understands why young women today don’t really know how to cook. It just isn’t necessary until you have someone to cook for, especially if you don’t have someone you love that you can cook for.

But you gotta start somewhere. I am a decent cook; I just want to expand my repertoire. I want to learn more while I have the chance to “mess things up”. I do have plenty of male friends that don’t get home cooked meals very often, so I guess I can start practicing on them.

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