Between the Bread offers quality lunchtime dining downtown

Telegraph corespondentSeptember 20, 2013 

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Grilled salmon salad is one of the options available at Between the Bread.

WOODY MARSHALL — wmarshall@macon.com Buy Photo

One of the many pluses to writing this column is going to restaurants I had forgotten I liked. While I’ve been to Michael’s on Mulberry many times in the last year, it’s been years since I visited its daytime incarnation, Between the Bread.

And just like I’ve never had anything bad at Michael’s, everything thing we tried at Between the Bread was fresh and delicious.

Because this is a lunch-only place, there are no appetizers and the focus is not on desserts, even though they do offer them. The idea here is to have a reasonably quick, quality lunch and get back to work as soon as possible, so sandwiches and salads are the order of the day.

I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into the grilled salmon BLT. The sweetness of the salmon, the salty of the bacon and the crunchy softness of the grilled sub roll all work together to make one dynamite sandwich. In fact, the word “sandwich” really doesn’t do it justice -- it’s more of an upscale meal on a bun. For $9.95, I’d say this is the best deal on the menu.

The most popular sandwich is the Supreme, which comes either with steak, chicken, shrimp or salmon. We chose the sliced grilled ribeye steak version, which is often compared to a Philly cheesesteak as it’s served with grilled green peppers, fresh mushrooms, onions and Swiss cheese. If you order the chicken version, you can get it grilled, blackened, fried or buffalo; and the shrimp and salmon can be grilled or blackened.

Other specialty sandwiches include the French dip, chicken cordon bleu, blackened grouper and the Cajun club. All of them range from $8.45-$9.95 and come with fries and a pickle.

On the traditional side, we tried the chicken salad croissant. The chicken salad was sweet and creamy without all the fruit that has become popular in many restaurants. Other traditional sandwiches include a club, smoked turkey and Swiss, ham and American cheese, and a roast beef and Swiss, all for about $7.

The steak burger is a sirloin burger on a grilled honey wheat roll. We chose the American cheese and bacon (always), but there’s also a grilled mushroom and Swiss and a blackened version with grilled onions and Swiss. With fries and a pickle, this big burger seems well worth the $8.45.

We tried the seafood pasta with grilled shrimp and Alfredo sauce, but it also comes with salmon and either marinara or tomato cream sauce. A salad can be added to almost any meal for $3.50. There’s also a soup of the day, lots of different salads and baked potatoes.

If you work downtown or are visiting for the day, you will definitely enjoy Between the Bread.

Between the Bread

Address: 588 Mulberry St., Macon

Phone: 478-743-3999

Website: www.betweenthebreadcafe.com

Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday

Payment: Cash, credit

Smoking: No

Alcohol: Yes

Kids menu: Yes

Noise Level: medium

Health rating: 100

Price range: $6.95-$10.95

Rating: 3.5 stars

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