I Heart Panera

Disclosure: I have been compensated by Panera Bread for the following post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own and I have not been paid to write positive remarks. My addiction to soup in sourdough bread bowls is an ongoing habit that I don’t see myself kicking any time soon!

If you had to choose a favorite place to go for a quick breakfast or lunch by yourself, where would you choose? Without a doubt, I would pick Panera! Honestly, I fantasize about sitting at a table in Panera all by myself with just a good book or my laptop to keep me company.

When we moved into our new house in June, I can’t even tell you how thrilled I was to discover a Panera less than 5 minutes away. Seriously…5 minutes! In fact, on the day we moved in, while my husband was at our old house loading up the moving truck, I took the kids to Panera. We ordered soups and sandwiches and brought them back to our new house. We spread out a picnic on the dining room floor and enjoyed our very first meal at the new house. Since then, the kids beg for Panera on a frequent basis.

Are you a fan of Panera? If you are, what is your favorite thing to eat there? For me, it’s either a thick, creamy soup in a bread bowl or the 1/2 sandwich-soup or salad combo. It’s always a tough choice deciding which way to go. And if I opt for the combo, choosing the sandwich and which soup or salad is an even harder process.

When my mom was here for a few days after Jill was born, I professed my love for Panera several times. She made a special trip there on her last morning here to pick me up a pastry and cup of coffee for breakfast. And since my mom has a tendency to spoil her daughters (and share what we like for Christmas gift ideas), I’ve been the happy recipient of a few Panera gift cards since then.

I can’t wait to use the last of one of those gift cards to try Panera’s new salad, Thai Chicken Chopped Salad, which debuted on January 12th. I always love Asian-inspired salads, so I know this one will quickly become a favorite for me. Although that’s probably not such a good thing for me considering the difficulties I already have with deciding what to order. Oh the dilemma!

You can get more info on the new salad or the new Breakfast Power Sandwich at the Panera Bread website. You can also find the full menu, lots of information and the oh, so drool-worthy photos of their food. Did you know they also have recipes there? I just discovered that and I can’t wait to try some! You can also follow Panera on twitter (@panerabread) or facebook.

Any other Panera fans out there? I’d love to hear what your favorite Panera item is!

12 thoughts on “I Heart Panera

  1. My favorite menu item is unfortunately no longer on the local menu: Chicken Tomesto Panini. “The Chicken Tomesto features our all natural pepper-mustard chicken resting on a bed of roasted tomatoes, sun-dried tomato pesto, field greens and red onions. A sandwich bursting with flavor on our Three Cheese bread at Artisan bakery-cafes and French bread at our traditional bakery-cafes.”

    Instead, I settle for second best: the Tomato & Mozzarella Panini. “Fresh mozzarella, roasted & fresh tomatoes, fresh basil and all-natural sun-dried tomato pesto, on Ciabatta.” Always get that when I go there 🙂

  2. I love panera too! I can’t decide what my favorite menu item is… I keep trying something new each time. I love it though!

  3. Hubby will stop by Panera just to see if they have any pumpkin muffins. They are by far his favorite muffins ever.

    I personally think Panera’s tomato soup in a bread bowl is just delicious. Whenever we are visiting my sister we get Panera, often several times in a week. If only my thighs could take having that bread bowl so often! Or my finances take Panera’s prices.

  4. One of my favorite resturants! If I wasn’t so frugal and it was closer to home, I would eat there every week. I just had my birthday lunch there a couple weeks ago. I love the brocolli cheddar soup!

  5. I always get the same thing, 1/2 Italian Combo and Broccoli Cheddar soup. This is one of my favorite places, but I’ve never had anything else on their menu. Maybe I should branch out this year and try something new.

  6. I love their Broccoli Cheddar Soup as well. I let my kids try my soup one day and it was over. So now we usually get our food to go, and we get the soup for a group Broccoli Cheddar of course. We love everything we have gotten there. Their Chai Tea Latte is awesome. Now I want Panera! Lucky for my budget it is 25 mins away.

  7. I really enjoy eating at Panera. They finally built one close to my house so I go about once a week. I like their cinnamon crunch bagels with cream cheese and their tomato soup. I hate it when they take the tomato soup off for the summer then I crave it for the next 3 months. I got a Panera gift card for Christmas so will be going soon.

  8. Oh I love Panera too! My favorite thing is their french onion soup. I love their summer salad that has lots of fruit in it w/ a poppyseed dressing.

  9. I am a big fan of Panera also. I love their french
    onion soup. An off and on again menu item
    is their tomato and mozzarella salad it SO
    GOOD!! I usually just asked and they are happy
    to make it if it’s not in season! For breakfast
    the cinnamon crunch bagel with hazelnut cream cheese,
    almost put me in a food coma the first time I had it!!! I loved it!!

  10. Smoked Turkey Breast sandwich and a cup of Broccoli Cheese soup with a nice crusty hunk of bread. I would eat that every single day of my life…
    No, wait…every meal of my life…

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