1.) Soups come frozen in bags, I don't know the recipes.
2.) While the pastries and breads actually are made in the restaurant, those are made by overnight workers and I never snapped photos of the recipes.
3.) Yes, we stop using gloves on your stuff within 30 minutes of close.
Classic salad is the best deal due to a bug in the register system. Buy one and ask for the following:
Everything on the side
You'll get a second salad free. This works for all salads, but cheeses and meats do have a charge for getting double, so it'll cost more than one salad but less than the two you're getting. Danishes are okay, but those things are calorie dense. All pastas are microwaved.
Breads are really made in the store, though they do come with actual premade mixes in most cases.
Mac and cheese comes frozen, we thaw it out in the walk-in and microwave it to order. It's pretty bland; I think Panera Bread is afraid of seasonings because that'd mean the risk of offending the typically shit-tier palates of people that pretend it's fine dining.
The tea's good, but I don't like very sweet teas. Our acai tea that's out at the moment is probably my favorite. If you get some Mtn Dew and add just enough of the acai tea for the color to change, you get a neat berry soda.
There's a lot of things we're technically not allowed to take home.
I'm technically not allowed to take 20lbs of bread and a box of pastries home. Depends on your manager.
also be sure to check your cream cheese; our store had some still in stock to be sold that was 3 months old.
I don't know the etiquette for this place.
I really like the Asiago cheese bread and that's all I've ever gotten. There's a drive-thru but what can I order that I could pick up at the drive-thru? They often don't have the bread I want and I jsut turn around ane leave, but that would be immeasurably more awkward in a drive-thru. Also I kinda want to order soup or something but everything on the website is always shown with porcelain dishes. Do they have like paper bowls or something/ standard fast food wrapping? Help, I'm retarded.
>I really like the Asiago cheese bread and that's all I've ever gotten.
It isn't half bad, so good choice.
>There's a drive-thru but what can I order that I could pick up at the drive-thru?
Nothing. Not because we don't like you, but because if you preorder your food by phone or online, you have to come inside to pick it up. It backs up the drive thru line if we have people whose food is already made lining up to pick it up. There's designated parking for people getting preordered meals, though, right up front.
>They often don't have the bread I want and I jsut turn around ane leave, but that would be immeasurably more awkward in a drive-thru.
Bread is baked once, and that's overnight. Pastries get baked one or two more times during the day. Coming earlier will work, as will ordering your bread with the app, say, before you go to work, and coming to pick it up when you get off.
>Also I kinda want to order soup or something but everything on the website is always shown with porcelain dishes. Do they have like paper bowls or something/ standard fast food wrapping?
Yes, pictures are taken using the dine-in dishware because it's more appealing than to go cups and paper bags, but there's nothing you can order in the store that you can't order in drive through. Soups and macaroni come in paper cups (8 oz) or bowls (16 oz) and soups alone come in Group Soups (32 oz). Tortellini has its own oval container, and broth bowls have a special container.
Sandwiches come wrapped in typical deli paper. The free sides you can pick from are a french baguette (always baked the night prior unless a supply issue happens that forces the day workers to bake them, but heated up intermittently throughout the day), an apple, or a bag of kettle or baked chips.
They didn't want to have a name with a location in the title to mess with local sentimentalities when they spread out. They chose Panera because it's jsut a portmanteau of pane(bread) and era(time).
It's back, run grab some before we close.
It's a seasonal item, so it disappears in the fall and pops up in the spring.
My fellow line workers are all men, and the cashiers aren't all that hot. The only two I'd consider are both taken; one married, one dating my coworker before she started working here.
Greek salad with chicken and orange miso dressing on the side might surprise you. You can use the register cheat I've mentioned earlier to get more food for less, too. They have some good smoothie choices, and their danishes are noice. Again, it's a business marketing itself as "consumer conscious", so ymmv on whether the price is worth it. Employees get a 65% discount on days they work, which prices it competitive with Taco Bell for me.
Unfortunately I don't know the recipe, as it comes frozen and we just thaw/microwave it. It's okay, but I can't help but feel like it's missing some sort of seasoning. Maybe pepper.
My favorite sandwhich is the asiago steak, but I'm not always down for it. Otherwise I'll also go Bravo, or Chicken Ham and Swiss flatbread if it's not cheating to call that one.
When it's cold out, the staff choice for a You Pick Two is a half Big Kids' Grilled Cheese (It's been discontinued for a while, so if your local clerk can't ring it up, ask for a classic grilled cheese with bacon and gruyere cheese) and a cup of Creamy Tomato Soup. So comfy.
Went to Panera once and got some kind of roasted turkey sandwich.
Literally tasted like it was microwaved and it was expensive as fuck for a thin sandwich and drink.
I noticed it was full of average looking women with ugg boots and a bunch of nu males, so that tells me it's just a shitty mall tier chain trying to act like they're some kind of upper class hipster chain
I've been a few times, it's literally Chipotle: the bakery deli.
Neither Chipotle or Panera are a bad place to eat. Decent burrito, decent bread, decent sandwich, clean inoffensive environment, consistency, no niggers. I could go on. I don't hate them at all but I don't really like them much either. The thing that bothers me the most is they hype and the price. The food isn't outstanding, it's fairly overpriced, and there is no reason at all to wet your panties over it. I hate to be condescending but the food is halfway decent but I can't help but wonder when I hear people shit themselves over Panera or Chipotle if they've ever had quick service food outside of Subway and Taco Bell.
I think I've only had Panera once... like 5 years ago. All I remember is that the bread was so course that I felt like my mouth was being cut by razors.
I also feel like I'm not Panera's preferred clientèle... I'm a 6'2" white hetero male, contractor that wears a Carhartt jacket and a stetson cowboy hat driving a bigass Ford truck with a "Trump 2016" sticker on the back.
Feels like me pulling in to a Panera might cause a riot among the Prius/Tesla driving feelgood liberals that I see loitering around Panera.
But I think I might give it a try for the lolz.
What's the most calorie dense meal I could get at Panera... for say... less than $15 bucks.
looked at Paneras online menu, french onion soup in a bread bowl sound nice. But not enough calories, would need like 2 cinnamon rolls with that.
Cinnamon rolls any good with black coffee?
Most calorie dense? Easymode would be buying only pastries. In terms of actually ordering a meal, though?
A cursory check would say a You Pick Two with a mac & cheese and a half steak & white cheddar panini.
I'm a baker/cook at a restaurant in the middle of nowhere, unhappy where I'm working.
Literally the only places hiring bakers are local Paneras, seeking overnight work. Is this request so prolific because it is a miserable job to have? I'm a night owl and love to make bread, so it seems like it wouldn't be too shabby. Plus I imagine there's limited (if any) supervision.
Only thing that would get me is it would be a major step down from where I'm at.
I don't have the funds, nor do I have a silent partner to invest in me.
I am sure that I could get a loan. But I'm a little more concerned about getting a housing loan to guarantee that I have a roof over my head than getting a small business loan for something that might put me in a shit ton of debt with nothing to show for it.
I think fast casual places get hyped because it's a relatively new niche that has grown very fast over the past few years.
When a company can balance quality, quickness, and piece you're going to have middle class people lapping it up because they don't have to eat at McDonald's or overpay for a microwaved meal from Applebee's.
Night bakers are probably the most respected non-management.
You don't have to deal with people, you can pop in your headphones and work, and management leaves with the line workers, so you don't have anybody breathing down your neck while you're there.
The pay is above line workers, but not incredibly high. Think ~11-14 depending on location, though it can go higher if you've been experienced elsewhere I'd imagine.
There usually aren't many night bakers, so you might get stuck with nights that aren't convenient to you, though. The line workers will think you're cool.
If your store does donations, night bakers get first pick on the pastries that don't sell at the end of the day if the donation van doesn't show up.
Sounds awesome to me. Does Panera offer any kind of benefits?
Although I hate my current job, my health package is hard to argue with.
Also, how many people are on the floor during the night shift? Is it just one baker per shift, or are there other people there?
I'm heading out as they're coming in, though I've seen numbers vary from one to three there when I leave. I don't know how their benefits because night bakers are some of the only workers that can expect to get 40 hours a week. All cashiers and line workers are part time, save for the trainers (This is at the store I work at, which is composed 80% of high school and college students).
Ok, thanks for the info.
I'm looking to move, not far enough out of my area to find something much more promising, but too far to stay at my current job without having a ridiculous commute (on top of my other grievances). So this would be a viable option, since Paneras are abundant around here.