SNACK TIME

@GreatMartin (23420)
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
September 6, 2022 3:02pm CST
No matter how many times I pick up a restaurant menu and get sticker shock at the prices I still have this 'need' and so I spoil myself and fill it! I haven't been to Panera's Bread restaurant in at least 10 years because no matter how fancy they make it up it is still 'fast food'-- not that I have anything against fast food places as you will see it is just if I am going to pay higher prices I expect to be waited on, served while I sit at a table and server takes my order, serves it and then gives me a check. When I go to a Subway (picture upper left corner) or Arby's (picture below it) I usually have a coupon and the meal will come to less than $10 so I don't mind ordering at the counter, picking it up there, getting my own drink--basically waiting on myself! And then if I have a pizza delivered (second and third pictures on top) I know there is a delivery charge plus, of course, I will tip the driver, but that is convenience more than service---plus I know better--never order a Domino's or Papa John's pizza when you have a Big Louie's less than a mile from you! Getting back to Panera's--the 4 bottom pictures--I had a chicken sandwich (smaller than the palm of my hand--seriously) which came with a bag of chips plus I had a coffee and a bear claw--the latter a decent size and it came to $18. I guess I shouldn't complain as I got a paper napkin with it. On the other hand I sat down in the Outback, had a server take me order, bring me my drink plus a loaf of hot dark bread and then served me a Filet Mignon, 6 chicken wings, a baked potato with sour cream, cheese, butter and julienne cheese on the side in addition to a side of broccoli (3 middle pictures) plus had a cloth napkin, steak and butter knives and 2 forks (and another loaf of bread!) and the check, with tax and tip came to $20.14 Now don't get me wrong I am as comfortable eating in Subway as I am in the Outback but one is having 'lunch' while the other is 'dining'--and both are franchises! Bottom line is that I will probably not go back to Panera's for another 10 years if then! :O)
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@LadyDuck (426526)
• Switzerland
7 Sep
In my opinion Panera is far too expensive for what they served to you... I understand that the paper napkin is expensive.
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@LadyDuck (426526)
• Switzerland
8 Sep
@GreatMartin I have never tried a Panera, but the price seems far too high for what they offer.
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@GreatMartin (23420)
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
7 Sep
The whole experience was bad!!!
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@GreatMartin (23420)
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
8 Sep
@LadyDuck I was VERY disappointed!
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@LindaOHio (114925)
• United States
7 Sep
Panera always looks tempting in their commercials; but I've never gone there. Outback has been disappointing for us every time we've gone. We usually stick with Texas Roadhouse, Longhorn and Red Lobster.
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@GreatMartin (23420)
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
7 Sep
I won't be going back to Panera for another 10 years at least!
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@marlina (155280)
• Canada
6 Sep
Way too expensive at Panera for what you got.
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@GreatMartin (23420)
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
7 Sep
I agree!!
@Kandae11 (50061)
6 Sep
Panera's do seem expensive with those small servings - and a paper napkin.
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@GreatMartin (23420)
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
7 Sep
First and last time in 10 years I go there!
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@Scrapper88 (5114)
• United States
6 Sep
The closest Panera's to me is over 50 miles away from me. It was over 20 years ago since I went there.
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@GreatMartin (23420)
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
7 Sep
Not worth the trip or the gas!!!
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@CarolDM (201741)
• United States
6 Sep
I was very disappointed the one and last time I visited Panera.
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@GreatMartin (23420)
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
7 Sep
I wouldn't go back again!
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@RasmaSandra (61421)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
7 Sep
I wish I could afford to order something. Now I have to wait until next Wednesday to order groceries. I am down to a bowl of yellow split peas, rice, and corn per day and some vanilla pudding,
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