Bread Zeppelin Does Unthinkable Things to Baguettes, and It Tastes Pretty Good

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It's a salad, and it's inside a baguette.
As I stood in line waiting for my order to be assembled, I couldn't help but wonder what the poor baguettes did to deserve such a treatment. A woman pulled the loaves from a toaster oven, lopped off the end and used a tongs in a twisting motion to liberate the bread of its innards. The line at Bread Zeppelin was stretching out the door, so she repeated to motion hundreds of times, before handing them off to another worker who used another set of tongs to stuff the cavity with salad.

Bread Zeppelin (6440 N MacArthur Blvd #140, Irving) serves the same litany of salad options that most modern salad operations are tossing for their customers. There are various lettuce options, scores of toppings and embellishments and more dressings than any salad bar you have ever seen. And like many other fast casual salad restaurants, they also chop the ingredients up with a mezzaluna so you get a little of every ingredient like every bite. The big differentiation for Bread Zeppelin is the baguette abuse they carry out at the end of the assembly line.

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Somehow, it's delicious. The bread, sourced from Empire Bakery, gets a nice toasty crunch from its time in the oven which is a nice juxtaposition to the cool, crisp lettuce. I tried the Lone Star, which doesn't exactly classify as health food because it's filled with steak, onion rings and a creamy wasabi dressing, but it strikes me as healthier than a Big Mac, and a hell of a lot more interesting.

And I'm not the only one that's taken a shine to the place. That line to the door stayed that way during my entire meal, sometimes extending just outside of it. Bread Zeppelin is drawing a loyal following, such that a second location is in the works. Bread Zeppelin II, the Plano edition, is expected to open later this fall, to the fear and regret of baguettes everywhere.


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Pmd669
Pmd669

Sounds delicious, but I seriously doubt it is "healthier than a Big Mac."  I'll give you "a hell of a lot more interesting."

markzero
markzero

I've eaten there three times. First two were around lunchtime or mid-afternoon and the atmosphere was relaxed, even when every table was full. Had the same menu item each time, though after the first stuck to the salad (seems a better deal and less wasteful to skip the bread). The ingredients may not be exciting to some people, but I loved the beets. Third time I went, though, was evening, about an hour before they closed. Even though the place was empty the guy behind the counter seemed rushed. Could have been my imagination, but my impression was that the ingredients were from a morning prep, too. I'll probably be back when I'm in the area, but I think only during the mid-day.

meaders
meaders

Amazing how good this sandwich is.  We, at the bakery, couldn't believe it.  As always, when you put some really simple, really good things together, you can make magic! 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

It would be cool if Zep got back together, and Page came out with his black vintage 1959 baguette.  Then JPJ was wheeled onstage with a loaf of French Bread draped across his neck.......then we could have Plant singing into a piece of grilled flank steak, or a Cobb salad. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

They should have something on the menu called "The Lemonade Song", or "Whole Lotta Cheese", or "Living Loving Maid" (She's Just a Sandwich), or "Black Hot Dog", or maybe "All My Cheese".......how about a New Yardbirds tribute called "Shapes of Onion Rings"?  

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