Panera has long been one of my favorite restaurants. The dining atmosphere is warm and cozy – perfect for catching up with a friend! On Friday, however, when I had been out in the cold and rain, nothing sounded better than picking up some Panera and enjoying it at-home while snuggled up on the couch in my pjs – so that’s exactly what I did!
One of my favorite items to order at Panera – especially in the winter months – is soup. Ordering their soup to-go always works out perfectly; by the time I get home it’s cooled down just enough that I can dig right in!
On Friday, I went with the You Pick Two combo – half a Sierra turkey sandwich (my favorite) with a bowl of broccoli cheddar soup.
Panera has recently rolled out a few new soup flavors – including low-fat vegetarian garden vegetable with pesto – but I couldn’t be swayed from my old stand-by… I’m a sucker for the broccoli cheddar. It’s just so good! I also love the baked potato soup, but that’s only available on Monday and Wednesday (you can check out the daily soup rotation here).
Of course I couldn’t leave without dessert (this is me we’re talking about). I picked up a seasonal item – a red velvet crinkle cookie – to enjoy after my dinner.
This cookie was the perfect ending to my meal – crispy edges and soft center – my favorite!
Besides the fantastic food, another great thing about dining at Panera is that they give back to local communities. You can read all about their Feeding America program here, but essentially they donate unsold bread and baked goods – along with monetary funds – back to the community.
Friday’s visit has definitely prompted an on-going Panera craving for me; I’m already planning my next trip (hopefully on a day when baked potato soup is on the menu)!
What’s your favorite Panera soup? Do you have a favorite bakery item? I’ve heard absolutely wonderful things about their cinnamon crunch bagels; I need to try one ASAP!
Disclaimer: As part of the DailyBuzz Healthy Living Program, I received a free gift card for Panera Bread and a stipend from Panera Bread. However, my opinions are entirely my own.