The Sandwich is known to be one of the most iconic lunch foods around, and Panera Bread brings this lunch time favorite justice. Their fresh breads, bakery products, soups and sandwiches are often voted the “best of” in the markets wherever they are located. Panera Bread Bakery-Café was founded by Louis Kane and Ron Shaich in 1981. Since then the company has been very prosperous, and is located all around the country.
This Saturday my father and I headed out to one of the Panera Cafes located at 3435 Southwest Cedar Hills Boulevard, Beaverton, Oregon. The first thing we notice when walking into the café was how crowded the place was. This was a sure hint that the food was going to be great!
I ordered a Chicken-Bacon Panini-$6.86 made with chicken, Applewood-Smoked bacon, and swish cheese, and my father ordered an Almond Chicken Salad Sandwich-$6.86 made with chicken, fresh celery, seedless grapes, sliced almond, and their special dressing.
The Chicken-Bacon Panini was delicious! The sandwich was served hot, and grilled. The bread was fresh, and the slightly peppery chicken and bacon with Swiss cheese were mouth watering. I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of this sandwich. My father also enjoyed his sandwich, “It was better than your average sandwich, the bread was really fresh and the almond and grapes included in the chicken salad were a nice touch!”
Although the sandwiches were awesome, the desserts were less than impressive. For dessert we ordered a piece of Cinnamon Coffee Cake and a Pecan Roll, both costing around $2.00. By looking at the desserts they looked amazing, but once we started to dig into them we realized that desserts did not taste nearly as fresh as the bread.
If you are looking for a good sandwich, Panera Bread is your place! If you are looking for a tasty sweet dessert, if what we had that day was typical, you might want to try another bakery. - Jessi Marlow/Beaverton Lunch