Restaurant Review: Panera Bread

I had a work meeting at Panera Bread recently. I hadn't been there in a very long time. I don't think Panera is usually much fun if you're vegan, but you can find something to eat if you're stuck there. I had a garden salad with quinoa tomato sofrito and avocado added to it and a low fat vinaigrette dressing (that was the only vinaigrette available), with plain potato chips on the side.

It tasted fine (though the dressing was a bit too sweet for my tastes), but a meal like this one tends to not satisfy me very well, and I ended up hungry within a few hours. I often go a long time between lunch and dinner and this just wasn't enough to see me through. I kind of knew it wouldn't be, but I didn't want to spend the money on a smoothie to round it out. If I wanted to spend more, I probably could have managed to get something that stuck with me longer.

General thoughts: If you need to go along with a group with omnivores in it, you may want to visit Panera. There are options for you there, and the chain has restaurants nationwide, more or less. I feel like it's kind of expensive for a vegan to get a satisfying meal here, and there's nothing very exciting about it, but I'm glad it's there. 3/5


  1. I worked for Panera for a few years on breaks from college. I remember liking the menu so much more back then. They had the best Garden Veggie Soup (they changed the recipe and it's horrible now) and they have a great black bean soup (which I also haven't seen in a while). The salads aren't filling and the bowls that they have now don't sound appealing. It's a shame because the concept would be great for vegans in theory, I just don't like their options anymore and it's way too expensive for what you get.

    Maybe I shouldn't have mentioned I worked there before ranting about it, ha!

    1. I do love their frozen strawberry lemonade, but of course, that's not lunch, it's a snack. And yes, very expensive for what you get.

  2. While good that you were at least able to get something, disappointing that it is expensive and not filling. Salads need to be pretty hefty to fill me up. I guess at least they had some quinoa and avocado on it.


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