Ok, firstly, I should say that I live in Canada and I hadn't heard of a Panera Bread before going to Florida. I saw a couple in strip malls last year when I was in Florida, but never stopped. By chance, I was in outlet mall in Destin, was looking for a lunch option and a staff at one of the shops pointed and suggested Panera Bread. I didn't have a clue what they sold, but as SOON as I walked in, I was hooked!
For me, its the perfect option for a quick lunch or breakfast. I stayed in Destin for 5 days and I ate at this Panera Bread on 4 of the days! Whenever I was looking for a quick, relatively healthy, light bite to eat for lunch or breakfast, this was the place that I went and it hit the spot.
For me, for breakfast and lunch, I am not looking for anything "heavy" or greasy. I avoid burgers and fries anyway, so I always looking for a quick sandwich, wrap, salad, etc, that will fill me up and be light on the stomach without making me wanting to go home and have a nap. I usually end up going to Subway for these purposes, but was looking for someplace else.
Therefore, Panara Bread hit the spot every time. I went there for breakfast once - it was great - and for lunch or late lunches every other time. I tried several of the sandwiches (panini's), salads, cookies, etc (I did not try the soup).
I found the food to be high quality, very fairly priced and the portion sizes to be nice. It is a counter service, but I found the servers to be very pleasant, helpful and patient (having not been there before, I had some questions and they were always helpful and provided good recommendations). I found the managers or assistant managers at this Panera Bread in Destin to be very helpful and pleasant as they walked the floor. I also found it to be very clean, even though it was VERY busy during lunchtimes.
Obviously, this is a popular spot for workers in the areas as it was JAMMED every lunch I went there with people who work in the area. We went a couple of times between 2-3pm and it was perfect; walked in with no waiting whatsoever.
I am sold on the Panera Bread franchise. Its ideal for the quick, affordable ligth lunch or breakfast option. I actually, ended up going to another on in Orlando a couple of days later! I highly recommend!!
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