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Is it wrong that I love Panera?

I find the whole vibe a bit corporate and grannyish. However, I adore their broccoli and cheese soup, as well as their turkey cranberry holiday sandwich. I feel ashamed...yet I AM ADDICTED. Anyone else?

by secret shamereply 5701/13/2013

Not me.

A former neighbor retired and moved to Florida. He hangs out in Panera with all the other retirees, drinking free coffee refills. He raved about it, so my partner and I tried various sandwiches and soups and found it to be cafeteria food at best and inedible at worst. Their tuna has sugar in it. And pickle juice. No thanks.

by secret shamereply 111/13/2012

I used to go there a lot because they had free wi-fi, but then they started to put restrictions on it and after I got broadband at home I didn't go much anymore. A friend just gave me a Panera gift card, so I guess I'll have to check it out again.

by secret shamereply 211/13/2012

Love the bread

by secret shamereply 311/13/2012

Now I know why I like the tuna so much! It's a good alternative for fast food..

by secret shamereply 411/13/2012

You know it's just Au Bon Pain re-branded, right?

by secret shamereply 511/13/2012

Finally got to try it. I really liked the chicken salad sandwich.

by secret shamereply 611/13/2012

Corner bakery is better. Try the muffins!

by secret shamereply 711/13/2012

Extremely salty. If I eat there, I know that I will temporarily gain at least 1 whole pound in one day just from water retention.

by secret shamereply 811/13/2012

Lay off the carbs, fraulines!

by secret shamereply 911/13/2012

Lesson in life that it behooves you to learn, OP: Do not ask permission or base your taste on outside approval. This is the very definition of being a sheep. Own what you like. If you like Panera, walk in with your head held high and if anyone says anything, act like they are the ones who are not hip, cool, or urbane enough to get Panera. This is how you set trends. Be a leader, not a follower, and start by owning your tastes, desires and inclinations and not allowing anyone to shame them. Anyone who acts like an authority on taste is self appointed, and I hope you will join me in my mission to dethrone every self appointed dictator I find in my midst.

by secret shamereply 1011/13/2012

They used to have french toast bagels to die for. Yum!

by secret shamereply 1111/13/2012

I love it too, OP. I could eat it for every meal and never get tired of it.

My favorites are the smokehouse turkey panini and their baked potato and chicken and wild rice soups.

by secret shamereply 1211/13/2012

Losers eat there...

by secret shamereply 1411/13/2012

The pro elm with Panera are all the blocks they put own their wifi claimingnthensite Tim"porn." THEY BLOCK DATALOUNGE!!!! Bummer.

by secret shamereply 1511/13/2012

r14 this is not 6th grade. If you want to play on DL, you are going to have to step up your insult game by several hundred degrees.

by secret shamereply 1611/13/2012

Free Refills

by secret shamereply 1711/13/2012

If you are watching your carbs this is a great place to eat with a lot of options. Soups and salads are really good.. The whole grain breads for sandwiches are good too. I'll get a breakfast sandwich one a week too. It's a great fast food option.

by secret shamereply 1811/13/2012

Their bread is leaden. Unlike Au Bon Pain, they can't make a decent baguette. Every store i've been in smells like an elementary school lunchroom. I've ordered chicken salads at a few stores and they all have that old, refrigerator-y taste.

I cannot figure out why they are successful.

I wish they were more like Pain Quotidien. They seem to be doing the Panera concept right.

by secret shamereply 1911/13/2012

I like (not love) Panera Bread, though living out in the sticks I have a slim selection of restaurant options of any sort.

At Panera the food is fresh and of decent quality, the staff are pleasant and efficient, it's all very clean and consistent and reliable. Those qualities, though, are really a starting point for liking a place, a lowest common denominator above the level of "edible and fills the cavity." The bread and baked goods are okay, but not exceptional.

I like Panera fine for what it is and against the poor competition that exists out where I live. But "love" it? No.

[quote]I used to go there a lot because they had free wi-fi, but then they started to put restrictions on it and after I got broadband at home I didn't go much anymore.

R2: did you think you were an adornment to the establishment? That the place existed for you to sit around for free and work on your screenplay? That Panera -- and its paying customers-- paid their wifi bill so that you don't have to? Get a fucking job or a home or wifi; barring that, consume something, spend some money instead of just spending your time there. Maybe you could ask them to do a free fluff-and-fold service while you camp out in their best spot without spending any money. Isn't there a Borders Books you can drive out of business somewhere?

by secret shamereply 2011/14/2012

Overpriced for what you get. Atlanta Bread Co. is better.

by secret shamereply 2111/14/2012

Love the bagels. Over-priced, but I got a free one with the Panera card (if you go often enough, it's worth it)

by secret shamereply 2211/14/2012

Fuck Panera. They upped their "premium bagel" prices from $.99 to $1.25 and then had the balls to reduce the amount of cheese on the asiago cheese ones by a good 75%. You can't even taste the fucking cheese anymore, there are just a few shards of burnt-ass cheese on them now. I've gone on their FB page and told them they need to either use the same amount of cheese as they used to, or stop charging the "premium" price for such a non-premium hunk of shit. They used to be amazing bagels until someone got greedy.

by secret shamereply 2311/14/2012

Twice, TWICE, they forgot to put the espresso in my lattes. What the fuck? Not going back again.

by secret shamereply 2411/14/2012

Wow, no wonder they fuck you over on cheez food and sanka:

[quote]Applicants must meet these criteria to gain consideration for a Panera Bread franchise:

[quote]Experience as a multi-unit restaurant operator

[quote]Recognition as a top restaurant operator

[quote]Net worth of $7.5 million

[quote]Liquid assets of $3 million

by secret shamereply 2511/14/2012

What is their best bagel?

I have a free one on my card.

by secret shamereply 2611/19/2012

Panera censors. They block Cam4. Was going to broadcast once but then couldn't.

by secret shamereply 2711/20/2012

I use to love their tuna salad sandwich but they changed the recipe a few years ago.. it's now gummy.. vile. I do go there to read or do paper work some times in the mornings... awesome oatmeal although it's not cheap. They just added a 'big kid' grilled cheese sandwich with applewood bacon. It's great but not good for me. Hate that.. hate growing older and watching sodium intake, blood pressure, fat content.... but I do it.

by secret shamereply 2811/20/2012

I guess if you live in the suburbs it would be a choice.

by secret shamereply 2911/20/2012

I haven't been in a long time, but their bagels used to be good.

But the soup, way too salty for me, and I like salty.

by secret shamereply 3011/20/2012

Had a cinnamon crunch bagel with light cream cheese this morning and it didn't disappoint.

The black bean soup is great if you want a healthier soup than the also amazing broccoli cheese soup.

by secret shamereply 3111/20/2012

R29- not only in the suburbs. There are locations in the city. I prefer Einstein Bagels but they are more scattered around. Not as many out there as there are Panera locations.

by secret shamereply 3211/20/2012

Not horrible, but not great. Einstein's is even worse. Bruegger's probably has the best chain bagels. Corner Bakery has much better "treats" and okay sandwiches.

by secret shamereply 3311/20/2012

Corner Bakery's menu is smaller than Panera's. CB has seven soups and a chili, Panera has 11 and last winter, they added a chili.

I was going to try the cinnamon crunch Panera bagel based on r31's recommendation, but now I am seeing they have a pumpkin one that's swaying me a little.

by secret shamereply 3411/20/2012

How are the red velvet cake cookies?

by secret shamereply 3511/20/2012

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by secret shamereply 3611/21/2012

It's Frau feed!

by secret shamereply 3711/21/2012

They are only two items I adore on their menu- the 80 calorie chicken noodle soup and a bakery item they call a Cobblestone. If you have never had a Cobblestone- drop what you are doing right now and go get one. Absolute heaven.

by secret shamereply 3811/21/2012

No, I don't eat there. I do much better at an authentic French bakery that has genuine croissants to die for, and the most incredible pear tarts. French music and mags galore. Sigh.

by secret shamereply 3911/21/2012

I always associate Panera with an ex-employee of mine who used to bring Panera bagels to work for the rest of the staff. He used to act as if bringing Panera items was a sign of superiority relative to the rest of the staff who would typically bring Dunkin Donuts items. He would even proclaim his disdain of Dunkin to the other staf while extolling the virtues of Panera. Needless to say, he was not well liked especially by the clerical staff as he made their (to them) expensive efforts to bring coffee and doughnuts for the rest of the staff seem meager. He also used to talk to me about his love of "entertaining friends at home" and frequently discussed his "kitchen space", copper cookware and granite countertops. He was a queen in the HGTV mold.

by secret shamereply 4011/22/2012

I don't understand people who declare mass produced snack foods as "heaven."

Does that mean you are Christian and you hope when you die you will spend eternity stuffing your face with snacks?

by secret shamereply 4111/22/2012

Any trashy thing you like can be covered by declaring it a "guilty pleasure."

by secret shamereply 4211/22/2012

It's just okay. I have a friend who loves it so we go there at least once a month. I guess some of the food is sort of healthy, but there are so many locally owned restaurants in my area that are so much better.

by secret shamereply 4311/22/2012

Why are there so many hipsters on a thread about fucking food? Do you realize how ridiculous that is?

by secret shamereply 4411/22/2012

Is this the place with the cotton candy machine?

by secret shamereply 4511/22/2012

R44 -- 80 years old, sees hipsters under the bed.

by secret shamereply 4611/22/2012

Talking about how you're too cool for XYZ and how you're only into authentic or vintage XYZ, is a defining hipster characteristic r46. Sorry to burst your bubble.

by secret shamereply 4711/22/2012

C'mon, R2, friends do not give people gift cards to places like that.

by secret shamereply 4811/22/2012

I'd love a Panera gift card.

by secret shamereply 4911/22/2012

[quote] authentic or vintage XYZ,

Where in this thread is there any talk of authentic or vintage goods, gramps?

by secret shamereply 5011/22/2012

[quote] I'd love a Panera gift card.

Make sure it's an authentic or vintage gift card

by secret shamereply 5111/22/2012


The coffee is pretty good. The pastries and the bagels aren't great but they are pretty good. The staff usually seems cheerful. There are worse ways of spending a couple of moments between engagements.

by secret shamereply 5211/22/2012

Do they have anything special in the bakery for Christmas?

by secret shamereply 5311/22/2012

Only if 'Panera' is the name of a 10yr old Italian immigrant boy.

by secret shamereply 5411/22/2012

It's great for grabbing lunch when you need something to eat. I wouldn't go out of my way to go there, like go to Panera for my birthday or anniversary or something.

by secret shamereply 5511/24/2012

The new Big Boy Grilled Cheese sandwich with applewood bacon.... heaven!

by secret shamereply 5611/24/2012

I wouldn't say Panera is frau chow, but it's pretty close. And when I say frau chow, I don't mean WOMEN I just mean low-culture PEOPLE who think Olive Garden is a fine dining experience. Yes, I'm a bit elitist (and tipsy). As long as you realize that it's not great food, you're good to go.

by secret shamereply 5701/13/2013
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