an ode to panera bread

That’s right, I’m bringing the odes back. You see, the very first time I tried Panera Bread, sometime during my sophomore year of college, I was inspired. So inspired, you see, that I wrote a petition to the city of Pflugerville, TX asking that they build a Panera Bread.

For those of you unfamiliar with the eatery options of Pflugerville, let me catch you up. Until my senior year of high school, the town had one Taco Bell, one McDonald’s and one Sonic. If you were hungry for something else, you had to leave the city limits. Unfortunately for all, Pflugerville still doesn’t have a Panera Bread. Here are some of the things Pflugervillians and others who have not experienced Panera Bread’s greatness are missing out on.

You Pick Two: If you know anything about me, you know that I like choice. Just because I always order the same thing doesn’t mean I don’t want to right to choose something else. Panera understands that and raises the bar by letting me pick–twice. Do I want a bowl of soup? Half a sandwich for dipping? Or maybe a little bit of salad? Thanks to Panera, I don’t have to narrow it down to just one. I get to pick two.

Your Weight in Bread: Okay, so I’ve picked two: half a grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of chicken noodle soup. In a bread bowl. With a baguette on the side. Endless amounts of bread.

More Bread. Free Bread.: In case that wasn’t enough bread, I will also have a cheese danish. For FREE, thanks to My Panera Card rewards.

The actual Twitter feed of my best friend and myself during our summer internship.

Also Free Wifi: For those of us who need to get stuff done while also consuming things, but don’t want to deal with pretentious coffee orderers or electric outlet hoarders, there is Panera Bread. I do not fear eating my meal alone when I am at Panera because I have my Interwebz to keep me company.

A Family-Friendly Atmosphere: I don’t really know yet what the criteria are for a family-friendly atmosphere, but there are always families at Panera Bread and I am always friendly to them. Isn’t that what it’s all about?

So there you have it, dear reader. Panera Bread provides copious amounts of bread and free wifi and friendly–but not too friendly–faces. If you have other needs in your life, I hope that you are able to go forth into the world and fulfill them like Panera Bread has done for me.

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