One of my favorite restaurants that I have frequented OFTEN for the last 15 or more years is Panera. It went WAY up a notch for me over the last year or two when ours relocated and added a Drive-Thru!!! Hallelujah!!!
If there is anything a mother of small children loves - it's a drive-thru! It's nice to have a place I can go with the kids in the car without getting out and have healthy alternatives to fast food.
And my girls LOVE the Mac and Cheese. I don't blame them. It's so creamy and not at all like the yellow stuff out of a box.
So Panera gave me an opportunity to visit and try an old favorite and a new (hopeful) favorite and I jumped on it. We even got a little crazy and dined in!
I actually enjoy Panera the most in the mornings because I love their bagels. Asiago Cheese is my very favorite. When I worked, I would often run in and grab one before I headed to the office. Even now I get one when I'm out in the mornings and want a special treat.
But I also love so many other things. I usually always do the "You Pick Two" option because I hate deciding between all the choices - this way I can get a couple of things. I usually get soup because there are so many soups I love. The Bistro French Onion is my favorite.
I nearly always get the Bacon Turkey Bravo which is my very favorite sandwich.
Tonight I tried something new on the menu, the Mediterranean Shrimp Couscous Salad, but there are a lot of new offerings you can also try like the Fuji Apple Chicken Salad, Mac &Cheese, Broccoli Cheddar Soup, and Cinnamon Crunch Bagel.
It was such a delicious dinner.
All three Stamps girls loved visiting Panera for dinner.
And it's possible that they had baked goods for 99 cents.
And it's possible that we had to get a few to try after dinner.
And it's possible that we loved it!
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