I had the chance to try a couple of new (to me) places for lunch this week. Though I've purchased bread from Great Harvest Bread Company before, they recently opened up a location in Ridgeland where they serve lunch. A co-worker and I swung by there for a bite this week. I ordered the Ya Ya Chicken salad sandwich on wheat bread. It was deliciously savory, and the bread choice was just right. I bravely resisted the temptation to order one of their come-hither desserts. (They seem to have every baked delicacy in the world on display, and they are selling cookies in packs of SIX. Waistline says no. Maybe if they'd sell single cookies, I could sample one?)
As they are new to the lunch-serving business (They've only been serving lunch for about a month.), I found they still had a few kinks to work out. Only 1 register (a mistake, as the line got quite long at times), probably not quite enough tables (people started circling for them like vultures before we left), and not quite enough staff (meals were a little slow to come out, but more noticeably, tables were not often bussed quickly). I'll definitely go there again in another month or so to see how they're coming along.
This afternoon, I finally got around to trying Five Guys Burgers and Fries. YUM! The chain restaurant has a pretty limited menu of burgers, fries, and hot dogs, but they do well with the items they focus on. Portions are generous. A small burger is quite big enough, and I'd say that three people could split an order of small fries. (The fries were especially good.) The Ridgeland Renaissance location has a lovely outdoor seating area, and you can also choose to snag an inside table near the kitchen and watch the staff at work.
They are also building a Five Guys at the Dogwood Festival Mall in Flowood, so you'll have even more options to choose from to satisfy your burger-and-fries-fetish!