Panera Bread has some of the best sandwiches, and a great atmosphere to eat in. When I went vegan, I had no idea I could still eat at Panera. I had actually checked their website and could not for the life of me decipher what was vegan. After that I had contacted them to ask if they could provide me with a list of their vegan options. Unfortunately, they just directed me back to their website, and were of no help. So, I avoided them like the plague until recently.
Thankfully, when my mom and sister went not to long ago the manager of our location was super helpful. He told my mom exactly what she could order for me that was vegan, and I’m so glad he did. He suggested that she get me the Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich without the feta cheese, and the Fuji Apple Chicken Salad without the chicken. This sandwich is absolutely amazing, and I have never had anything quite like it. The tomato basil bread is absolutely divine, the veggies were delicious and savory, and it was all tied together with a beautifully flavored hummus. I wish I had the recipe for this sandwich, because I would be making it everyday.
The salad on the other hand had apple chips on it, and they did little to the flavor of the salad. I personally love apple chips however, I think they should have used fresh apple slices. There is just something unappealing to me about apple chips in a salad. The rest of the salad on the other hand was great, the lettuce was crisp and the dressing was great.
Last time I went however, is another story. My mother and I went and ate in, so I could do some homework for my Phycology class. I had a exam due at midnight that night, and thought I’d rather be at Panera Bread to take it. Since I wouldn’t be risking three dogs barking in the middle of it. However, I learned the hard way that it was probably a bad idea. It was quiet for the most part, but every now and then someone would come in and be really loud. I ordered the Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich again, but this time with a bag of their potato chips. By the time I had finished eating I was full. I didn’t feel like I had over eaten even in the slightest.