I had to pick up a day's worth of food from Panera this morning. This is what I got:
1. Wild Blueberry Scone: Delicious. Best thing I've had from Panera in a long time.
2. Everything Bagel: Horrible. Bordering on stale. I should have taken the guy up on his offer to toast it, but at 11 AM allegedly fresh bagels usually don't require toasting.
3. Italian Combo: A beautiful, hefty sandwich that was utterly tasteless. How is that possible? It reminded me of that Stephen King story in which some people found themselves at the Bangor airport, but in an alternate universe. The food they found looked normal but had no taste.
Lagniappe: Instead of the usual bread samples, they had generous samples of their Baked Egg Souffles. Very good -- I would definitely order one of these if I found myself at Panera again.
Some of the other pastries looked really good, but appearances can deceive at Panera.
So, a very mixed bag.
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