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This Fiery Lava Dip Is Served Inside An Entire King’s Hawaiian Bread Bowl

When you think of bread bowls, soups like clam chowder, tomato soup, and the like typically come to mind. At Granite City Food & Brewery, however, they’re twisting things up by filling their bread bowls with a fiery cheese dip.

Ideal for tearing and sharing, the Fiery Lava Dip takes what you love about spicy chicken, cheese sauce, and bread, combining them all into one appetizer.

The base of the Fiery Lava Dip is a bread bowl made from KING’S HAWAIIAN Original Round Bread, which is filled with a generous pour of molten cheese sauce, KING’S HAWAIIAN Big Island Lava Sauce, and grilled chicken. It’s garnished with a bunch of crispy onion straws, adding some crunch to balance out the richness of the cheese inside.

The Fiery Lava Dip is part of a special menu Granite City has put together for Hawaiian Foods Week. One of their other mind-boggling eats is the Hawaiian King’s Feast, a massive BBQ platter with some island flavor.

On the tray is Huli Huli grilled chicken breasts, a generous portion of baby back ribs glazed in KING’S HAWAIIAN Kona Coffee BBQ Sauce, pulled pork tossed with KING’S HAWAIIAN Big Island Lava Sauce, a grilled cheese sandwich made on KING’S HAWAIIAN Sliced Bread, and a creamy scoop of coleslaw.

Other items on the menu include a Coco Loco chicken sandwich, rack of the Kona BBQ Glazed Ribs, Tropical Chicken Salad, and a Coconut Macadamia Nut Bread Pudding made with even more KING’S HAWAIIAN sweet bread for dessert.

Granite City isn’t skimping on the drinks for this menu, either. To wash everything down, there’s the Blue Chi Chi, a fish bowl cocktail made with spirits like vodka, Malibu, and orange liqueur. It’s enough for the entire squad to share while you all partake in some Hawaiian-inspired fare.

You can find this entire menu at Granite City locations for a limited time.

Photos by Pete Pham

Created in partnership with King’s Hawaiian

Fast Food Restaurants What's New

Double Bread Bowls Are Coming To Panera Bread Locations Nationwide For A Limited Time

Last year, Panera Bread tested a Double Bread Bowl that had folks buzzing with excitement. Featuring an oblong sourdough loaf with two “bowls” in the middle, it gave people the ability to get double the soup or pasta with the same amount of bread.

Panera is now ready to unleash that concept to the rest of the country with a nationwide launch of the Double Bread Bowl.

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Like last time, you can get any combination of Panera’s soups or pastas, including mac & cheese, inside of either of the bowls. Panera has also added some new items to their menu since the test last August, including custom-built mac & cheeses that will also be available options to further personalize your double offering.

There is one caveat to this, however, as those that order online will only get to choose from a lineup of five different soup pairings. They are as follows:

  • Chicken Noodle and Broccoli Cheddar
  • Creamy Tomato and Broccoli Cheddar
  • Broccoli Cheddar and Broccoli Cheddar
  • Bistro French Onion and Broccoli Cheddar
  • Ten Vegetable and Creamy Tomato

If you want to customize beyond this, such as piling on the mac & cheese, you’ll have to get the Double Bread Bowls in-store.

Panera’s bread bowl will be available from February 14th to February 28th at participating restaurants nationwide starting at $9.99 each.

Fast Food News Restaurants What's New

Bob Evans Is Serving Up MASSIVE Loaded Biscuit Bowls For Breakfast

Bob Evans is giving bread bowls a serious, breakfast-themed upgrade. Instead of loading up sourdough bread bowls with soup, they’re cramming a TON of eggs, sausage, and more into oversized biscuits that they’re calling “Biscuit Bowls.”

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The fluffy “bowl” is four times the size of the chain’s standard biscuits, meaning that a whole lot of goodness can be packed inside. Bob Evans is carrying three different versions of these oversized breakfasts, including Sausage Gravy, Salsa Scramble, and Sriracha Bacon.

Inside of the Sausage Gravy Biscuit Bowl is sausage, home fries, scrambled eggs, shredded cheddar, gravy, and green onions. The Salsa Scramble iteration contains the same eggs, home fries, and cheddar base, but includes sausage, ranchero sauce, sour cream, cheese sauce, salsa, jalapenos, and green onions. Eggs, home fries, and cheese are also in the Sriracha Bacon bowl, which also has cheese sauce, sriracha, bacon, and green onions.

Bob Evans has carried versions of the biscuit bowls before in 2010, but they appear to have been discontinued for a few years.

The new Biscuit Bowls will be available through Christmas at a price of $5.99 each.

Fast Food What's New

Panera Bread Tests Double Bread Bowl That Holds Two Soups At Once

As a Bay Area native, New England clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl has long been one of my favorite comfort foods. But as a Disney fanatic, I’ve also been turned onto the mac & cheese bread bowls you can carbo-load on inside of California Adventure. When I go to places that have both options now, I struggle with which item I want to fill my bread with. That doesn’t have to be the case anymore.

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Panera Bread is testing out a new Double Bread Bowl option that would let me choose between the two pretty easily, because I can just get both at once. Shaped like an oblong loaf with two holes in it, you can choose two of the chain’s soup options that normally go in bread bowls. You can also swap one out for mac & cheese for a starchy soup, pasta, and bread combo meal.

Patrons can get pretty creative with the pairings stuffed into the double bread bowl as a result. Mac & cheese and clam chowder will probably be my guilty pleasure of choice, but a mix of broccoli cheddar and tomato soup also sounds pretty tasty. Tomato soup and mac & cheese is a classic pairing that would mesh perfectly in this new bread.

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The double bread bowl isn’t going to be available everywhere just yet, though. Panera is testing it in Philadelphia from August 5-31 at first, where it will be available both in cafes and for delivery. From there, we’ll have to see whether all locations nationwide will get that option as well.


9 Heartwarming Bread Bowls For Any Season

If you’re not eating these soups, chilies, and dips inside of a warm, doughy bread bowl then you’re doing it wrong. There are some foods that are fine for your boring old plates and plastic bowls (yawn). But, let’s face it, for foods this delicious, your basic plate ware is not going to cut it. These 9 heavenly dishes deserve better. They deserve bread bowls.



I think we can all acknowledge that there are few combinations as perfect as grilled cheese and tomato soup. Now you can enjoy this dream team in an even more epic way: in bread bowl-form. No more dunking your grilled cheese into your bowl of soup, now your grilled cheese is your bowl of soup. Mind blown.


Lobster Dip

A dip this fresh and decadent requires a bowl that’s equally as drool-worthy. The secret to this rich summertime dip? Lots and lots of cream cheese. You’re welcome. Serve this dip hot and don’t forget to finish off the bowl afterwards.


Egg Bread Bowls

Who says we have to limit bread bowls to a certain time of day? This is America, we eat bread bowls whenever we damn well please. Like for breakfast, for instance. These egg bread bowls are a delicious spin on your regular breakfast and can be customized with whatever toppings and cheeses your heart desires.


Bread Bowl Chili

Bring a little heat to your bread bowl with this spicy turkey chili. Ground turkey, beans, chopped veggies, spices, and an abundance of chili flakes make this savory mouth-burner a must-try. If you can’t handle the spice, snack on your bread bowl until your dignity resurfaces.



Granted, this is not a soup, a chili, nor a dip. It’s mac and cheese, people, it defies all your labels. Stuff your bread bowl with a healthy helping of gooey, cheesy mac and cheese. For extra mind-blowing deliciousness, sprinkle Panko bread crumbs on top and bake for about 30 minutes before transferring to your bread bowl.


Ranch Bread Bowl

You knew this one was coming. Ranch dip is the king of all dips and therefore it deserves the throne of all bowls: the bread bowl. Display veggies and chips for dipping. When those inevitably run out, start pulling apart your bread bowl and let the dipping continue.


Philly Cheesesteak Bowl

Talk about comfort food. This Philly cheesesteak stew is basically the iconic sandwich we all know and love heated up into soup-form. Shredded meat, melted cheese, and roasted onions in a doughy pocket of carbohydrate goodness? There is nothing wrong with that, my friends. Nothing wrong with that.



That’s a mouthful. A mouthful of deliciousness, that is. Spinach and artichoke dip (while still so good) is a bit basic at this point. Jazz up your dull dip with some chunks of bacon, savory beer, and a bread bowl made of sharp rye bread for your edible enjoyment.



Only a bread bowl can attempt to contain this much cheesiness. You regular bowls just aren’t up for the job. Put all the goodness of baked potatoes into this creamy soup with bacon bits, chives, and all of these cheese.

Food Trucks

This Food Truck is Now Serving a Hamburger + Bread Bowl Hybrid, the ‘Supperbowl’


Food hacking and conjoining is spilling over into the savory arena, and it looks like the GD BRO truck’s hybrid bread bowl and hamburger is the next to make some serious waves. It’s called the Supperbowl Burger, and it apparently lives as an upgrade option for any burger available on their Orange County-based food truck.

When you ask for your burger as a Supperbowl, you’ll get your burger patty (many of which are stuffed with cheese and other ingredients) encased in a soft, hollowed-out brioche bun, and ingredients abundantly piled on top.

After spotting them testing the product at a location a few clicks away from our office, we reached out to them for more information on this peculiar new mashup. Here’s the initial photo they uploaded via their Facebook page:


Their team was kind enough to swing through our office and show us the new creation up-close and personal. Needless to say, what we put in our mouths was absolutely remarkable. Here are the two varieties we tried:


All-American Supperbowl Burger


With a cheese-stuffed patty, topped with fries, more cheese, and barbecue sauce. Not to be missed if you’re a fan of those flavors.


‘Juan and Only’ Supperbowl Burger


The ‘Juan and Only’ Supperbowl featured the same soft bread bowl filled with their jalapeño cream cheese-stuffed patty, pico de gallo, avocado, chipotle mayo, melted pepper jack cheese and fries. This particular burger was admittedly inspired by In-N-Out’s Monkey Style burger off-menu item.


Here are some Instagram moments from that day from everyone who happened to be in the office. Feel free to find their truck and make your own versions (hashtag #foodbeast if you do, we want to see!). My personal favorite was their Juan and Only Supperbowl burger topped with a fried egg:

The beautiful photography above shot by our own Dominique Zamora.


The 13 Best Things About Eating Clam Chowder


It’s National New England Clam Chowder Day, folks, which means if you live anywhere with normal. January. weather, it’s about time you changed your dinner plans. Unless you were planning on eating clam chowder to begin with, in which case, you probably already know what’s up.

For everyone else though, here’s some of the best parts about eating the creamiest, feel-good-iest, tragically-most-underappreciated-iest cold weather food, ever.

1. Not getting it served in a ceramic bowl:

Ceramic bowls are sad and cold and don’t do their due duty of serving as a dish and well, a dish, all at the same time.



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2. Actually getting it in a bread bowl, complete with cutaway top for your dipping pleasure:


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3. Letting chowder soak in and soften up the bread:


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4. And then getting to eat the bread:


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5. Don’t forget the toppings!

Like oyster crackers:


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6. Or bacon bits:


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7. Or croutons. Never forget the croutons:


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8. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you could even try it in an all-bacon bowl:


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9. Or you could get it with popcorn:


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10. Or try a clam chowder po-boy:


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11. You could get it Asian-Style, with clam chowder udon or clam chowder “curry”:


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12. And clam chowder poutine, anyone?


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13. Or you could always get it the old fashioned way:


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Goodness knows it’s still better than the other alternative:


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Soup in a Bread Bowl Ring

Our current infatuation with food-on-the-hand products (aka: rings) is fueled further with this rather amazingly crafted Soup in a Bread Bowl Ring. The details are quite intricate, with the bread bowl featuring proper indentations along with the spoon you would need to get your eat on…were the dish actually edible. The 3 cm wide platter is constructed with plastic, glass, metal and ceramic materials, all sitting on a silver tone adjustable band that should fit most ring sizes. ($10 @ SouZouCreations)