Thursday, January 08, 2009

Panera Bread

For a quick lunch fix before making a major grocery shopping run at Trader Joe's (I heart Trader Joe's so much, but going grocery shopping while you're hungry is probably the worst thing you can do - and especially in a place that has some of the best frozen food I've ever had), I usually stop into Panera Bread, located right next door. There's usually a ton of people here during the day, typing away on their laptops - I guess free wi-fi is just that awesome (well, it IS pretty awesome, heh.)

This is a standard order at the register, and pick up yourself kind of place. And this is what I usually order:
Panera Bread
A "You pick two" combo - A half sandwich, Bacon Turkey Bravo, on focaccia, and a bowl of broccoli cheddar soup. You get a choice of a side, and I usually pick the whole wheat grain baguette. This is a filling meal - their sandwiches are usually something I can only eat half of anyways. The bread in the sandwich is fresh, the turkey is pretty tasty. The soup is pretty comforting. The cheese flavor is pretty nice, and has a lot of broccoli florets and shredded carrots running through it, which adds pleasant texture.

All the bread here seems to be baked fresh here daily. I've always had a decent and satisfying meal here. It's probably one of my top fast service food places to go to.

Panera Bread
8647 South Sepulveda Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90045
(310) 641-9200


Columbus Foodie said...

Chain or not, I love Panera Bread, especially their Broccoli Cheddar soup. Nothing hits the spot more in the winter than a cup of it with some of their crusty baguette to dip into it. You've got me drooling enough at this point to seriously consider fighting the snow-covered roads to make a Panera run. :)

heysandra said...

Hey Columbus Foodie,
I agree wholeheartedly. I think that this version of broccoli cheddar soup is actually my favorite - I can think of no other place that does that soup better. Thanks for the comment and thanks for reading!

Dr. Alice said...

My parents love Panera and eat there all the time. I don't seem to have the habit of eating there, but I have enjoyed it when I do.