Raleigh >Panera Bread
We visit this store after church. I give up, we won't be back. It has become the norm for them to be completely out of various bagels (including plain) by 11 am on a Sunday. Tough luck if you go to a later service. They don't even have any 'in the back' to bake up fresh. The stock planning is horrible. Also, their method of ringing up and then distributing product stinks. They often are down to one or two muffins/muffies by 11 am. I'll order the remaining for my child... and it is not uncommon for the next person in line to go to another cashier - order the same thing, and then they get it because the person filling our order is slow. This after already paying for it. Originally I chalked it up to just one person, then a fluke, but now - I've reached my disgusted level.
They rarely have simple things like plain bagels after 11am on Sunday. And don't seem organized in what they have and don't have in their stock.
This has really gone down hill in the last year.
Fresh-baked goods, fresh-brewed coffee and creative sandwiches served up in relaxed, roomy surroundings..
Bright colors and comfortable furniture give this chain cafe a laid-back feel, with scattered tables that beckon coffee-sipping readers, chatters and diners. All baked goods--bagels, muffins, two dozen kinds of bread--are made fresh on the premises. Sandwiches include turkey-artichoke panini and Asiago roast beef, plus standards like chicken salad and smoked turkey. Soups change daily, but popular choices like broccoli and cheese, chicken noodle and French onion are always on the menu.
Great Soup/Sandwich place. We are thrilled to have a good soup/sandwich place that is relaxing and while fast food, food is not typical of fast food. This is a great place to visit in the winter months where the 1/2 sandwich/cup of soup are a good value. Avoid peak lunch hours though due to crowds and also avoid the Capital Blvd location which is somehow set up bad with the drink machine being in the wrong place and NO extra napkins offered at the condiment bar.
Stick with the soup.... I eat here weekly. I usually stick with the soup- which is always tasty. I had to write a review today, however, because I went with the "you pick two" and got 1/2 a sandwich. I got back to work, was eating my sandwich, realized something was odd. I took the top slice of bread off and realized they forgot to remove the paper from the cheese slice. I had eaten about 1/2 a slice of paper...gross. I think I'll stick with the soup from now on.
Love this location. This particular store at the Crabtree Valley mall has never let me down. I eat here for lunch several times a month and the food is always consistently fresh and some of the best tasting chain/franchise food around. It isn't any more expensive than any of the other typical lunch places in the mall. They have innovative salads and soups, and they regularly come out with new dishes to keep things interesting. I've eaten at a couple other stores in Cary, ordered the same things I always order at Crabtree and they are never as good. The other locations skimp on their salad toppings and the dressing, either completely omitting toppings that are supposed to be there or I might get a salad with barely any cheese on it. The rolls aren't as fresh either. The Crabtree location is super busy at lunch time which is the only downside. You'll have to wait a long time to place an order but they are generally pretty quick at getting the food out and they do a great job of keeping tables clean for the next customer.
Insider Tip. I went there one Sunday night around 7:00 and by the time we were finished eating at 7:30 or so, we went to get a dessert from the pastry counter and the girl gave us cookies, pastries and about 3 dozen bagels of our choice because otherwise she would have to throw them away... I don't think they make common practice of this, but get the right server on the right night at the right time, and you can score breakfast for three weeks :)
Best Bagels!!!. I go to Panera Bread every Tuesday for a cinnamon bagel with hazlenut cream cheese and a large coffee. It's the most delicious bagel I've eaten in my life--and I've eaten a lot! It's a nice atmosphere to study or hang out with friends. The staff is always friendly. And it has plenty of parking (like a miracle on Franklin Street). My only complaint is that for their sanwhich meals, you can only get chips as a side. So when I got one, I ended up paying for the chips but just handing the bag back to them. They really should add some fruit/vegetable choice!!
fast, but not a greasy burger joint. it's nice to see that in a world that has been tainted by fast food burgers, there are still healthy, fast and delicious options to the drive thru window. the only negative things i have even ever HEARD about panera bread (besides the fact it gets packed at lunch) have come from people who have eaten so many grease balls that they haven't a tastebud left in their heads. the breads are fantastic, and fresh.... i have never had a soup there that wasn't to die for, the salads are not "run of the mill" and you can finish it all off with something sweet. i highly recomend it! go in with an appetite and go home with a full belly and a yummy loaf of bread.
Mediocre. Yipee, more mediocre sandwiches. And check out those prices! Why aren't there any good sub or grinder shops around here to put these places out of business?
FANTASTIC. Best joint in town for some java and a bagel. Nice atmosphere for reading the morning paper or just relaxing with friends. The staff are always working diligentley in the morning brewing fresh coffies and breads. I love it!
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