Restaurant Name: Great Harvest Bread Company
Location: 1500 Kossuth Street, Lafayette, IN (map it)
Phone: 765.74-BREAD (742-7323)
Hours: Monday – Friday: 7am – 6pm · Saturday: 7am – 4:30 pm · Closed Sunday
Cuisine: Bread, Sandwiches
Review: I have been a fan of Great Harvest bread for a while. I was impressed when I first went in and the owner spent time talking to me about how the breads are made. I prefer my baked goods to be without high fructose corn syrup and preservatives, and he assured me they were. One of the things I like about them also is that I can buy locally made salsas, butters, and sauces. I’m a big fan of purchasing local when it’s possible, so this is a great idea.
I actually hadn’t been in for a while because I’ve sort of been into making my own bread, but I kept seeing a sign outside when I would drive by. The sign read, “Best Sandwiches in Town.” I don’t know about anyone else, but when I see a claim like that, I feel an urgency to check it out. Today I finally stopped in to pick up a sandwich and figure out if they are actually the best in town.
The store is fresh, bright, and clean. You can see the bread making operation to the right when you walk in, and they have a display counter with fresh breads and sweets. I’m always offered a fresh slice of whatever is fresh. They don’t really have a dine in area aside from a small bar with a couple of stools, but they do have a small children’s oven set with some toys in it, and my kids both love playing in it while we’re waiting to place our order. That place is always busy.
For sandwiches, they offer a variety of cold and hot sandwiches. (They have their menu online here.) They offer three varieties: signature sandwiches, classic sandwiches, and panini sandwiches. They’ve got simple sandwiches like PB&J to more elaborate options like the Boilermaker Roast Beef Panini. In all, a pretty wide variety of sandwiches.
I chose the Tuscan Chicken Panini. It’s a hot sandwich with chicken, provolone and veggies on Italian Herbed Focaccia. I opted to add a bag of chips for a $1. You can “Make it a Meal!” for $2.50, which adds carrots or a cookie and a drink for $2.50. Unfortunately, they offer Pepsi products so I had to take a pass on that. No offense Pepsi, but I’m a Coke girl.
I don’t know that I would go so far as to say it was the “Best” sandwich I’ve had in Lafayette, but it was pretty tasty. It was also huge. A really big sandwich that I could barely manage to finish. You don’t need to “Make it a Meal!” because it is one!
The service is always friendly, if not always the speediest, and I always enjoy stopping in. Definitely a good option for grabbing a tasty sandwich when you don’t want fast food but don’t want to “eat out” exactly.
Kid friendly: Yes
Price Range: $2.95 for PBJ up to $7.95 for some of the more expensive sandwiches. That price does not include drink, chips, or cookie.