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auburnchick
01-22-2008, 07:54 PM
I just have to say that I love this place!!!

Twice a week, I work in my company's field offices. To get to one of them, I have to pass Panera, which is about 45 minutes from my house. They have a sandwich called the Mediterranean Veggie that's just delicious.

Anyhow, I love this sandwich, so I try to stop by and grab one each week. It's a nice treat that I really look forward to. It makes my hour drive so much more worth it.

So I walked in, mouth watering, and placed my order.

"Hon, we don't have hummus."

Um...that's one of the main parts of the sandwich. I'm dumfounded. She says, "We're supposed to get some today." It's already 1:15pm, and I'm on my way home.

Drats...

I get ready to turn around, deciding I don't want the hot chocolate I was going to order with it.

So, the gal offers another veggie sandwich, "Try such-and-such, on us."

:woot:

I tried to explain that I wasn't trying to get something for free. She said that she could tell how disappointed I was (I'm not good at covering my feelings...my face speaks all, my mom always told me).

So I tell her I want a hot chocolate too, which she tells me I'll need to pay for. No problem. I've already saved $7. As she's ringing up my food, I try to hand her my credit card. "Nope," she says, "That's on us too."

:woot:

What a treat. Today is my daughter's birthday, and I'm trying so hard to make it special for her. It was nice to be treated the same way by someone else.

So, if you ever drive by one of these places, stop and say, "Auburnchick said y'all are the best." :teehee:

No, I don't get a commission. I just like to give praise where it's due. She really made my day. I'm going to write a letter to their corporate office now...

stitchwitch
01-22-2008, 07:57 PM
I love Panera! There's one right around the corner from my house. Their frozen coffee thingies are to die for!

Hildegard_von_Knittin
01-22-2008, 08:08 PM
:drool:

The.Knitter
01-22-2008, 08:23 PM
Soooo Chicky, how did your daughter like her earrings? I have been dying to find out. If she doesn't like them, you can adopt me and I guarantee that I will LOVE them!!

Sweet sixteen! I would not be that age again if you paid me a million dollars.

SabrinaJL
01-22-2008, 08:40 PM
Mmmmm, Panera. I LOVE their Panini's. Particularly the Smokehouse Turkey and the Turkey Artichoke. Lucky for me, my knitting group meets there. :)

We had something similar happen to us once. They didn't have something I ordered and it was taking a while to get what we did order, so they kept offering us free things.

angel4ever
01-22-2008, 09:10 PM
I love Panera. I like most of the items they have on the menu. The closest one to me is the next town over, but I do get there once in a while to go to Panera.

Chikky
01-22-2008, 10:48 PM
One opened about one minute from where I work a month or so ago. I think everyone was more excited about that than we should've been, hehe.

saracidaltendencies
01-23-2008, 02:13 AM
Oooh, I love their Mediterranean Veggie! Every time we go there, I get that, the fresh fruit, and an I.C. Mocha! They have the best fresh fruit I think I have ever tasted!

traceleighj
01-23-2008, 09:06 AM
I can't believe I am even reading this! Should never have opened this at 7am as now I am hungry!!!! I may have to brave the cold and go out for lunch today...the Sierra Turkey (I think it is) the one on the tomato bread......:eyes: . Sorry, Lean Cuisine.........soup and sandwich today.:woohoo:

auburnchick
01-23-2008, 09:12 AM
I can't believe I am even reading this! Should never have opened this at 7am as now I am hungry!!!! I may have to brave the cold and go out for lunch today...



:teehee:

NC Girl
01-23-2008, 10:27 AM
I have never been there, but there is one near DH's office and he dearly loves it. Now I'm going to have to venture out and try it! LOL!

CBH

p0tato
01-23-2008, 02:16 PM
They seem to get a kick out of giving things away for free. I got a free chai there, though I'm not sure if the guy was going through the motions (he looked like he was about to flatline) or if it was sort of in apology for some dumb cow walking right ahead of me in line. Yeah, I was visibly standing there.

Best thing from there? The sourdough bread bowls. No, gross, I don't put soup in them. Soggy bread, gag. I eat them like sourdough rolls. Mmmm. <3

cookworm
01-23-2008, 03:01 PM
I love Panera too! But I greatly miss their Tuscan Chicken Sandwich. :verysad: Their cheese crossaints are to die for!!!

SabrinaJL
01-23-2008, 04:32 PM
I couldn't resist. I had a doc appt. earlier and the office is right near a Panera. So now I'm munching on a Turkey Artichoke panini while I catch up with my boards. :)

auburnchick
01-23-2008, 06:49 PM
I couldn't resist. I had a doc appt. earlier and the office is right near a Panera. So now I'm munching on a Turkey Artichoke panini while I catch up with my boards. :)


Glad I could be of assistance! :roflhard:

snowbear
01-23-2008, 11:20 PM
ok, tjis is so not fair! It's after 9, I'm exhausted, now starving for their broccoli cheddar soup.

hmmmm I don't go in till 10 tomorow.... I could pick up one of their pasteries. or... pick up some soup on my way home...


Ok... auburnchick... you are being an enabler!

:hug:

ArtLady1981
01-24-2008, 05:23 AM
There is a new (1 YR OLD) Panera Bread within walking distance from my house!

My favorite soup: Low Fat Black Bean
My favortie salad: Asian Chicken Sesame with Cilantro
My favorite pastry: The Cobblestone!
DH's favorite sandwich: Hot Chicken Panini with Artichoke

YUM!

auburnchick
01-24-2008, 09:24 AM
There is a new (1 YR OLD) Panera Bread within walking distance from my house!



:passedout:

That would just be too much for me. I would be a regular. Heck, I'd just have my check direct deposited in their account.

Lucky you!!!

I usually have to wait until we go to soccer tournaments to get Panera, but at least with me working in our field office, I at least get it once a week.

Lucky you...

auburnchick
01-24-2008, 09:25 AM
Ok... auburnchick... you are being an enabler!


:thumbsup:

sue in canada
01-24-2008, 09:39 AM
We don't have Panera in Canada (probably just as well) but I visit when in U.S. I love the cinnamon raisin bread but everthing I have tried has been great.

HamaLee
01-24-2008, 11:40 AM
I briefly worked at a new Panera as one of my many college-break jobs. I say briefly cuz my waistline demanded early retirement!! :teehee: I love just about everything in that place.

ArtLady1981
01-25-2008, 01:08 AM
Here's a good one for ya'! I bought myself a PANERA gift card...for myself...and loaded $100 on it. Got tired of being short on cash! :pout:

feministmama
01-25-2008, 03:31 AM
WOW! Artlady you could do a commerical for them. My mother :heart: this place. I'd never heard of it till last summer when we went to one in Florida. GOod soup. THen one opened up in Portland and when she came to visit for christmas we went and she was happy. I must admit they are good. Nice atmosphere too. Soft comfy chairs, a fireplace, wireless. I'll have to go back one day when I can take myself to lunch.

feministmama
01-25-2008, 03:32 AM
Oh and Artlady I left you comment on one of your yarns :teehee: at Ravelry

ArtLady1981
01-25-2008, 04:03 AM
Oh and Artlady I left you comment on one of your yarns :teehee: at Ravelry

Thanks Femmy! I just read it about 5 minutes ago...and sent a reply! Thanks ever so much for your ideas! :heart:

I sent you the details (at Ravelry) about what I think I'll end up doing with this yarn! :eyes:

ArtLady1981
01-25-2008, 04:14 AM
Actually, when DH and I go out to eat...morning, daytime, or evening...the only place we usually go is PANERA'S! I don't know why! We live in an area where there are hundreds of other options.

I guess it is because:
1) the food is great
2) the service is fast
3) the atmosphere is warm
4) the prices, while NOT CHEAP, are good

Our bill is usually $24-$27. We each have to get a soup, I have to get that salad I love (Asian Chicken Sesame), and DH has to get that hot sandwich...and coffee...and sometimes a couple of COBBLESTONES end up coming home with us for breakfast the next day!

We just never get tired of Panera's!

Last year, during some horrid ice & wind storms here in our area....when something like 1.5 million homes and businesses had POWER OUTAGES...(our home, too)...PANERA'S (and surrounding businesses in downtown Kent) had power! You shoulda seen the masses of folks who showed up for EATS! The area that PANERA'S is in was like an OASIS!

OT: Our region's POWER OUTAGES weren't totally resolved for weeks. It's all those trees we have in all of our mountains. They fell and knocked out the big power towers and lines. Very dangerous for the linemen!

auburnchick
01-25-2008, 09:33 AM
Here's a good one for ya'! I bought myself a PANERA gift card...for myself...and loaded $100 on it. Got tired of being short on cash! :pout:


:roflhard:

knitncook
01-25-2008, 10:09 AM
I am so burned out on Panera. My best friend is from upstate New York and it is the only place she will eat. She says that our area doesn't have any good places to eat. She only likes Panera. But she also ONLY orders the SAME thing everytime. Never varies. She will call me up and say, "Hey, I'm bored, let's meet at Panera for lunch." I've tried coaxing her to other places, but she is SO hesitant to try anything else. She doesn't like Mexican, she only likes some Asian, and she ate at a mom and pop deli one time and was disappointed so she only goes to chain restaraunts now. So after eating at Panera every 4 or 5 days for 6 months I can't stand going in there anymore. Maybe if my friend had decided to try something else once in a while I'd still like to eat there. :(

cdjack
01-25-2008, 10:46 AM
I'm still burned out on Panera, too. My dh and I lived in Ann Arbor for a few years and that was one of the few restaurants up there that we liked. Panera and some place called Noodle Co. or something like that...
Anyway, a Panera recently opened about 16 miles from where we live (that's close, I live in the country) and I still havn't been. I think that I like Corner Bakery better. I think its a chain as well. At least, they are all over Texas.

mks22300
01-25-2008, 09:53 PM
Oh, I should never have opened this thread 'cause now I really want Panera! :teehee:

Quiltlady
01-27-2008, 05:27 PM
I love their turkey artichoke sandwich. That's the one I get almost every time we eat there. YUMMY:muah:

birdwomn
01-27-2008, 11:04 PM
I get them for my staff when we have early morning meetings. They are soooo yummy!