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We stopped here for a quick lunch. Panera is always good for our family. We love the food here. Only concern - I forgot to buy drinks. Went back to the counter and two large fountain drinks was $6,61. Ouch!
I always like going to as I get a sandwich and a really good soup. I know it is not but it tastes home made. I the AM I love to get a fresh bagel with cream cheese and an OJ. we have a card...that keeps track of our eating and we earn points so we get a free desert.Now that is my kind of a place. I like clean and this is always that way. good parking and the servers at the counter are always so nice.More
You ever try making a sub just like one from your favorite sandwich joint? You prep all the right ingredients - roll, meats, veggies, cheese, herbs, dressings - and stack them just the way the sub shop does. Keep it cold or toast it to...the correct golden tone. And then you bite it… sooo close! Well, almost close. Whatever, it’s edible.
Then there’s Panera, which turns that experience on its head. Get your lunch, grab a table, lift the sandwich up to your waiting mouth and sink your teeth in…
…down through cold bread, shooting an avocado onto your kid’s plate as a hunk of turkey hits your lap. Pulling it away from your face leaves a tomato slice and half cooked bacon dangling from your lip.
The first thing which comes to mind is, “What the heck… Did I make this!?!!”
Sandwiches, turns out, are not Panera’s strong point. Regardless of its name’s implications. Even photos on their website could be taken as a warning - looking as if they’d been crafted by Mrs. Panera’s spinster aunt for guests on her screened-in porch. Incongruent cuts and over-thick slices; the ingredients make it hard for the staff to construct a sandwich which won’t fall apart. Perhaps that’s why half the time they don’t even try.
As for salads, I can only report on my experience with the Greek (solidly okay) and from watching family eat theirs, usually leaving half in the bowl. Nobody is ever thrilled.
And cost? 1/2 soup & sandwich +1 sandwich + 1 drink = $25.20* The was the last bill I paid there. It’s pretty easy NOT to get what you pay for at Panera.
The Final Analysis: Go to Panera if you’re in the mood for soup (who ever really screws up soup?) or bagels & scones. Those are where this chain actually shines (Cherry Vanilla Bagel? Oh hell, yes! A+)
*Wondering why I still go to Panera if I consistently dislike it? My daughter is a fan, particularly of the soups in bread bowls. I’ve either abstained or had a different sandwich each time. Now I just wait for her bread bowl scraps.More
Nice location off the interstate near other places. The food was typical for Panera and service good. But overall the floors and tables were filthy. It’s late afternoon but lots of trash on the floors and tables that have not been wiped down. Otherwise I...would give it a 4-5 star rating.More
Conveniently located across the street from Plainridge Casino, Panera offers their usual menu which is consistently good and freshly made. Prices are reasonable and the atmostphere is pleasant and not overdone. I like eating there as a change form the noise of the casino and...a normal respite. Highly recommend them.More
If you want to relax and sit back to think of the day ahead (or the one that just went by!), this is the place. I have gone for lunch and breakfast and much prefer the breakfast. The coffee is good and the pastries are...really, really. The feeling and the environment is so much better than those donut shops. Yes, it may take a little longer when it is busy so go on the off hours in the morningMore
We keep trying Panera in hopes that we can get a good panini! No luck! The sandwiches are poorly made, and just not good. Have been going there for years. The last visit could very well be the last! Subway does much better for less!
Its lobster time in MA and you would like to taste the lobster roll in Panera. But this time, unlike the previous years, the lobsters were "still alive". I thougt I was a diver eating uncooked lobsters under the sea