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When Did Restaurants Stop Giving Us ‘Free’ Bread Before We Ordered?

by Anura Guruge



Click to access original from June 2017.


Click to access original from May 2014.


I have been meaning to write about this for years …

Have YOU noticed? This, however, could just be a north, east coast phenomenon. It was interesting that I found articles about it in New York and Boston newspapers — and quite recently at that.

We eat out a fair amount — twice this last week. Each time I noticed that you no longer get any ‘munchies’, let alone bread, ahead of your appetizers. Just the drinks your order.

It was very different, of course, just 5-years ago. There were restaurants that were RENOWNED for their complimentary bread. Remember the bread and oil phase.

What happened?

Of course restaurants are saving a MINT on this — and people will be ordering more since they can’t fill up on bread.

Yes, I can appreciate that things got ‘tricky’ with all this gluten-free, nut-free requirements. But, you would have thought that they could have been resourceful. Yes, of course, the cost savings would have been hard to resist.

I do know one thing. This started to happen post 2013 — around the same time I went on my low-carb diet. That is probably the reason I don’t notice it as much.

I just can’t remember whether this ‘no bread’ dictum is also true on the West coast. I was last there 2-years ago and can’t remember the bread situation. PLEASE let me know. I would love to update this post. Maybe even create a ‘bread’/’no-bread’ map of the U.S.

OK, I am going to get ambitious. I am going to ask around … the World.


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by Anura Guruge