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Soup 'R' Spud a cut above average fast food

Try a salad, vegetable soup and loaded potato combination at at Soup "R" Spud in Warner Robins.
Try a salad, vegetable soup and loaded potato combination at at Soup "R" Spud in Warner Robins. Woody Marshall, The Telegraph

Don’t you hate it when sometimes your only option for a quick lunch is the standard fast-food fare?

I long for a conveniently located restaurant, preferably a locally-owned place with homemade goods and something other than hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, french fries, hot dogs, and well, you get the idea.

I may have found just the spot here in Warner Robins. And get this — their specialty is soup and baked potatoes.

Speaking of potatoes, they’re these super-duper spuds cooked in this really cool tabletop oven (that if the owner would let me) would be something I’d want for my own kitchen.

But back to the spuds. Soup “R” Spud, as it’s called, is just inside the International Square shopping center on Watson Boulevard. The shopping complex has been around since probably the founding of the city, and unfortunately hasn’t until recently included a single place to eat under its roof.

Soup “R” Spud moved from its original location, across town awhile back, which is great for me because I think the owner has happened upon a great healthy concept.

For just $6.95, diners can order a soup, salad and potato combination. What a great deal, I thought when I first visited the place.

You can get the best deal for your money with homemade soups, made fresh daily. And it’s the perfect time of year for it, too.

Previous soup choices have included turkey chili, vegetarian chili, white chili, chicken and dumplings, turkey vegetable, potato, and more. It changes often.

A salad bar is stocked with just about any topping you can think of, including cucumbers, pickles, carrots, eggs, beets, bacon, black olives, purple onions, bell peppers, cheese, ham, broccoli and so on.

And my favorite option — the spuds. You have two choices: a baked potato or a baked sweet potato. And these guys aren’t your little store-bought potatoes, either. They can get pretty big, which is great because potatoes can fill your tummy up in no time.

I would suggest they stock more potatoes daily. During a recent visit, my co-worker wanted a sweet potato, only to be told there were only baked potatoes left.

Don’t want the $6.95 combo? Your choices also include the salad bar for $4.95, or just a soup and potato for $5.95. A bowl of soup runs you $2.95.

Sandwiches can be purchased starting at $3.50, which gets you chicken salad or tuna salad. For chips, add an extra 50 cents. Other options include ham, turkey, a veggie panini, or even a grilled cheese sandwich for $1.50.

Whether you dine in or take your meal out, either way your food comes out quickly and works out perfectly if you want something healthy to take home or back to work.

So I guess Soup “R” Spud is ‘fast food’ in the sense your meal comes out quickly. But be forewarned. There’s no drive-through at this location. You have to (gasp!) actually park your vehicle and walk in a door to order your food.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and write that while Soup “R” Spud didn’t start the business with the idea of offering a wildly imaginative menu, they did however want to offer diners a healthy alternative to everything else that’s out there.

If you crave something simple, light and incredibly affordable, this may become your favorite lunch spot.

Soup “R” Spud

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Address: 1819 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins, GA

Phone: (478) 922-5605

Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday; losed on Sunday.

Price: $1.50-$6.95

Payment: Cash, credit cards

Children’s menu: No

Reservations: No

Dress: Casual

Vegetarian selections: Yes

Handicapped accessible: Yes

Noise level: Low

Alcohol: No

Latest health code rating: 92

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