The Bread Ladies is a restaurant located in the heart of Greenfield, just east of Indianapolis in Hancock County. The bakery/eatery features its own bread and baked goods, along with sandwiches, soups and salads.
On my first visit, I ordered the Signature Bread Ladies Foccacia Sandwich. It comes with ham, turkey, roast beef, vegetables, such as carrots, cucumber and peppers, and their signature smear. Their smear is cream cheese with Italian seasonings (according to the server).
This sandwich was large…two meals large. I learned from the first visit to take half home to leave room for dessert. At $7.95, including chips, the value was definitely there. As was taste. Although I am not a fan of cucumbers, sliced thin and layered with other vegetables and meats, gave the sandwich a nice crunchy texture. I definitely want to return and try more items like the Reuben, chicken salad and the peanut butter chocolate chip cookie.
The prices were in line for the “from scratch” food. The staff was friendly and the menu clearly defined. There is some seating out back on a deck, and the food was delivered to our table in a timely manner. Both times I visited, the temperature was extremely chilly. I recommend wearing a heavy shirt (or two) since it seems to be common. Also note that anything you get extra has an up charge. The ones we encountered were $1 for cheese, .75 cents for smear and .75 cents for raspberry flavoring for lemonade.
Entering through the door, you are immediately greeted with jumbo cookies, brownies and muffins. Piled high and stacked in clear jars, it’s difficult to pretend you want anything off the menu besides those goodies. You order a salad or sandwich while glancing regularly toward the glass cases for reassurance there will be post-meal snickerdoodles.
Or bread pudding; which is what I ordered. Regular readers will remember my passion for excellent bread pudding. This version, at $3.25, was good. Not my favorite (Magdalena’s in Corydon, IN still holds that title) but good with a butter sauce, obviously handmade, and hot. They did not disrespect the pudding by putting in raisins, pineapple or peaches.
While checking out the website, thebreadladies.com, I was unable to peruse the menu. A message stated, “You are not authorized [sic] to view this resource. You need to login.” This could be an issue for the café since people often check out menus online before going to a new restaurant. It might influence them to go to another where they are able to see a menu beforehand. In a time when websites are often the front door to the potential customer, this one’s potential will rise if they fix that glitch.
Bottom Line: The Bread Ladies serve up quality ‘from scratch’ sandwiches and baked goods in a casual, small town friendly atmosphere.
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