If you’re looking for a low-key eatery with a comfortable atmosphere that accommodates a virtual office or an office lunch, check out , at 6 Main Street in Madison.
Get there early in the morning and you’ll get a jolt of energy from the hustle of people on their way to work or the train or school. There is a vast assortment of bagels, pastries, ham and cheese sandwiches and other breakfast treats, as well as fresh-brewed coffee and hot chocolate, to take the edge off those chilly Morris County mornings. But once the rush hour crowd melts away, Atlanta Bread’s got plenty of room to spread out, and free wi-fi if you’ve got work to do.
The crowds return at lunchtime, and there’s something for everyone on the menu—soups, salads, paninis and sandwiches, the last available on more than a dozen fresh-baked breads. You can’t go wrong with the dependable sandwiches – turkey, ham, roast beef, along with tuna and chicken salads and a veggie sandwich. Signature sandwiches typical offer specials such as turkey bacon rustica, California avocado or chicken Waldorf, among the various available selections. A half-and-half gets you one of several soups (also available in filling bread bowls) and a half-sandwich. Flavorful grilled paninis range from grilled chicken pesto to turkey club and Italian vegetarian, and other varieties.
Stay long enough and you’ll likely be joined in the dining room by local moms with raucous toddlers in tow, although the noise rarely rises to uncomfortable levels in the wide-open space of the dining room. Even so, the chain’s designers thoughtfully included a working fireplace with upholstered chairs tucked away in an isolated corner, not so far from the madding crowd, if you’re so inclined.
Atlanta Bread is open Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday from 7 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.