Fresh-baked goods, fresh-brewed coffee and creative sandwiches served up in relaxed, roomy surroundings.. In Short 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 for lunch and dinner!.
Panera is great for a fast lunch or a snuggly dinner or a business meeting. Good food, especially the soups & beverages, and new Crispani Pizzas! Another great point is that there's usually a Panera pretty close by. I'm not wild about their sandwiches, the bread really is tough & some of it ( baggett side ) could be used as a weapon, lol and they try to hard to make the sandwiches too gourmet.. All in all, it's great, although if you are going to eat there at peak lunch time be prepared for wild chaos & long lines though 99% of the time my order is correct, and hot!
I had to update this, as of 06/2007 I no longer go to this Panera bread, they added something that produces a horrible odor to the dining area, a Chlorox type odor. In addition, I just got tired of the long lines, noise, and kids, and chaos during lunch.
Lots of tough bread.
I think you really have to like bread to appreciate Panera Bread. I visited for the first time and found their sandwiches to be heavy bread and not particularly tasty. The bread requires a bit of effort - if you had false teeth you definately wouldn't want to try eating here, the teeth would never stay intact. The bread is French style, meaning tough.
We sat outside at this Panera Bread, and that was nice. I would think the environment is ideal for a light breakfast meeting with a large pastry selection. And its also a good place for a cup of java. For a meal it isn't quite suitable.