Panera – My Dirty Little Secret

My dirty little secret shouldn’t really be a shocker. You know I eat chili dogs. You know I love Frito pies. Does it really shock you that I love Panera?

That freshly baked bread.

That free WiFi.

That bread.
Those courteous, well groomed servers who always get my order right.
Those bread bowls, cookies, and pastries.

One track mind.

Feisty Foodie took me to a Panera preview party for the first Panera location opening in Manhattan NYC. This could be seen as the end of all things New York OR as the beginning of something great. 
Who am I kidding? It’s the beginning of something great.

Bacon Turkey Bravo

Smoked Turkey Breast, Bacon, Smoked Gouda, Lettuce, Tomatoes and Signature Dressing, on  Tomato Basil Bread

Please understand that this sandwich is more than the sum of its parts. Smoky, clean turkey. Rich Gouda. Slightly spicy, salty mayonnaise spread. Crisp bacon. Sweet tomatoes and lettuce so fresh that I buy it myself at the supermarket. 
And that bread.

Savory, slightly sweet, soft and yeasty. Sturdy enough to stand up to the dressing, but soft enough to easily tear through with my teeth. Just a perfectly constructed sandwich – the right amount of filling and the right proportions of ingredients.


Thin, crunchy crust with a slightly sour, moist interior. Perfect with butter or one of their excellent soups.

Try the French Onion or the creamy Broccoli Cheese soups.

And now that you know my dirty little secret, you might as well confess…

You know you love Panera, too.
*Note: My meal was paid for by the restaurant.  I was not paid or required to write a review, and my opinions are my own and, I feel, impartial.*


  1. I'm glad I'm not the only one. So darn good.

  2. OK – so where is it?

  3. Fritos and Foie Gras says:

    @Meg-Panera Lovers Unite!
    @Dee-it's on 7th near 29th! And SO addictive!