Panera Bread

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Panera Bread from a former employee side of the story

Jul 13, 2006
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:The selection of food, YOU PICK TWO DEAL, bakery items, salads.

Cons:The cashier will screw your order no matter what, prices are a bit steep.

The Bottom Line: I turly would recommend Panera Bread as a establishment for your everyday life. Freshly made bakery and delicious panini and salad really does make the trip worthwhile.


What can I say, Panera Bread speaks for itself. It is becoming one of America's most-successful cafe/bakery franchises as a Top Fortune 500 company. I worked for the Panera Bread located on Tiedeman Road in Brooklyn, Ohio (Suburban Cleveland). I had bad experiences with working at Panera Bread, but I made some fantastic friends out of my co-workers.

I will admit something to everyone that visit the Panera Bread in the Cleveland area, prepare to get your order screwed up. I am not kidding you here, either. The best Panera Bread in the Cleveland Area is the one located in North Olmsted at Great Northern Mall Plaza. They have the best people, the prep people are always asking to make sure the order was made correctly, and friendly management.

The food selection isn't all that great, however, their panini are awesome and full of flavor, I highly recommend the SmokeHouse Turkey Panini. Their cafe sandwiches are excellent, my favorite is the Italian Combo and the Asiago Roast Beef Sandwich. Their salads are very popular here, and it is worth the price you pay.

Here comes the negative aspect of Panera Bread. Their soups are not what you think they advertise. They are very watered down, I kid you not, it is just poor in quality and taste. You better make sure also when you order, make sure they repeat the order back exactly the way your ordered it, or else, you will pay dearly with their screwups. I also can't stand the fact that you must go up and down for refills of drinks. Lunchtime between the hours of 11 am to 2 pm are very hectic and expect to be waiting for quite awhile.


The Bakery has some nice arrangement of Bagels and Pastries. Nine Grain Bagel, Cinnamon Crunch Bagel, and the Asiago Cheese Bagel are my top recommendations. Their Bear Claws are awesome. Panera Bread sure knows how to make cookies, cause they are always the customer's favorites.


This is my review of Panera Bread....Where Bread Rules!!!


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