Category Archives: Panera Bread

Even More Panera Thoughts

Panera LogoHey, at least someone is taking note of my high-strung comment about the plasticware hybrids at Panera bread. Good to know people are trying to make a difference!

Here is one more thing I have realized about Panera – I only go there for the Spinach and Artichoke souffle. There is in my opinion no better way to break a mild fast than to partake of this divinely incarnated menu item.

Problem: they are always snagged up first, and the Bacon souffle, as well as the newest item, “Turkey Sausage souffle” are inferior substitutes imho. The 4 Cheese souffle is ok I suppose, but the Spinach Artichoke is what motivates me for the 25 minute drive to my local Panera.

Panera SouffleProposed Simple Solution: This calamity could be solved by giving the local shop limited authority to bake extra Artichoke souffles based on consumption metrics from recent history. Perhaps then the resplendent Artichoke souffle would survive beyond 8:30 or 9 am.

Problem: In the event there is both a dearth of Artichoke souffles and a line 3 deep or more, I have even begun wondering what else there is that I want for breakfast aside from the more sugary stuff they have. There are few non-sugary breakfast entrees, and the only one that consistantly appeals to me is the beloved S/A souffle. More than once I have gone to the local COSI instead for an omelet sandwich.

Case in point: right now I am extremely hungry for a Spinach Artichoke souffle, and I have been writing this post instead of hightailing it to my local Panera bread, where I might have had a chance to purchase the last one. But it is now 9:43 am and all hope is lost.

What’s Up with Panera?

So I am once again at Panera Bread. For the souffle and even some of the pastries I need not only a fork but a knife as well.

Recently, without fail, I am given a fork and must ask for a knife. Annoying. I have also noticed that they have switched to plastic cutlery. Today I received a real fork but went back to get my knife. So I am eating the souffle with a silverware fork and plastic knife.

This is somewhat unnerving. Do the executives at Panera think people like having to ask for a knife? This has happened in Willow Grove, and Newark DE as of late…

Saving Money: Dining

Since my $10/month cell phone ideas generated some response, I’ll mention three ways I have saved $$$ in the fast food/dining department.

1. Water. Tap water. Keep a bunch of it in your car (bottled is OK here!), or get non-bottled (free) water at the restaurant. Will save you around $2. If you have a family, train your spouse and kids to order “water, please” – save $2 / head.  If you are dating, ignore these rules unless you want to see how tolerant your significant other is of your Scrooge-like frugality.

2. Order from the Dollar menu in the drive through. Again, train your family. “How many Whopper Jr’s do you want, kids?” Or you can buy a $7 combo meal complete with enough sugared carbonation to wreck your immune system for the rest of the evening/afternoon.

3. This one is a bit embarrassing… went to Panera the other day for their wi-fi. Was hungry. Coffee and a sandwich at Panera would be about $8, which is less than what Starbucks charges for a 24 hour wifi pass. Still I saved a couple bucks courtesy of #1 above and the BK drive through. Spent $2 on Whopper Jr’s rather than $6.50 on a high end gourmet sandwich. Still, I plopped down $4 on coffee and the irresistable chocolate roll.

4. Not really a money saver, but I now keep a supply of granola bars in the car which streamlines breakfast into my commute. The 12 pack of water is also on hand to ward off thirst and keep me lubed and healthy.