Or so it says on Beyond Bread’s website. And this statement is especially true at this combination bread and pastries bakery and sandwich café.
“Beyond Bread opened its doors…on February 2, 1998….The story began a few years earlier in Madison, Wisconsin. It was at this time that Shelby and Randie Collier began discussing where Shelby was going to take his experience in the restaurant business. A life as owner of a quiet little bakery where Shelby would rise early, bake beautiful loaves of fresh artisan bread and be home by mid-afternoon sounded terrific. So, leaving his bachelor’s degree in Psychology behind him, Shelby began his training at Madison Sourdough Bread Company, learning from Master Baker, Cameron Ramsey” (lauriehassey.com).
Soon thereafter, Shelby and Randie moved to Tucson where their business has now grown to three Beyond Breads and they have become the recipient of many awards including being named Tucson Weekly’s best fresh-baked bread from 1999 to the present and best sandwich from 2002 to the present.
“Although ostensibly a bakery, this place is really a bustling sandwich shop that also sells great breads and pastries.
We discovered this place in 2011 when we had planned on pizza from Rocco’s and found that restaurant closed that day for carpet (I think) replacement. Fortunately, I had with me the pocket brochure for the “Tucson Originals” (“Formed in 1999, the Tucson Originals have been the driving force and model for similar groups all across America who are working to preserve the culinary
Knowing from experience that, as noted by Frommers, one sandwich could feed two, our plan was to order two sandwiches and take one of them home for later that evening. But lest you fear that we were food deprived, to accompany our sandwich to be consumed on site we both ordered a small soup.
Included with each whole sandwich are Beyond Bread Kettle Chips, Lay’s Baked Chips, or baby carrots. But for a small additional charge ($0.50 or $1.00) you can substitute pasta salad, a small green salad, fat free vinegar slaw, or soup.
The Chicken Tortilla or Tomato Basil soups are available every day and each day Beyond Bread offers one additional soup that can be Green Chile and Corn Chowder, Clam Chowder, or Cream of Chicken and Dumpling. My choice was the chicken tortilla that contained large chunks of white meat chicken, carrots, onions, corn, and—for a jolt of spice—green chiles. Just the perfect soup for a cold—yes, again—day in Tucson.
To go with the soup, we shared the Milton’s Melt—a lightly grilled sandwich with turkey, bacon, sharp cheddar, tomato, and Russian dressing on rye.
Later than evening, we dined (What a fancy word to describe eating a sandwich.) on the Stan’s Stack with turkey (again), provolone, roasted red peppers, sprouts, Russian dressing on white.
But we aren’t finished with Beyond Bread. I have a prize winning sandwich to eat. Coming tomorrow.
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.