Panera Bread – Bristol, CT

Coffee shop, sandwiches, dessert & more.
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Panera Bread - Strawberry yogurt smoothie and pinapple lemon poppyseed bundt cake
  • Food
  • Vegan Options
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Service
  • Atmosphere
Panera Bread is one of my favorite coffee shops that started off small and a few local areas here and there, and now is booming. They were the 1st around with free wifi. Yes, Panera Bread a chain now, but each Panera Bread has its difference in food taste and atmosphere, so I'm reviewing each location separately as I visit each one. Reviews below will be short and sweet because you'll get the drift. I'm not vegetarian or vegan, but there are many options for vegetarians because there are tons of bread, cheese and dairy. However for vegans, there aren't too many. Bagels are good, black bean soup and various breads without anything in it. If you ask for a smoothie without dairy, they'll make it for you.

Location: 1184 Farmington Ave Bristol, CT 06010

Price: $$

Atmosphere: Bristol Panera Bread is decent size. There’s are big comfy couches in front, with a full fire place. There are plenty of sockets near the couches and the tables along the wall.

Food: I think makes the best IC Mocha. I’ve also tried several of their foods, their sandwiches, soups, Mozzarella Basil Panini, pastries, including the large pastry pie (with apple, cheesecake, and cherry filling), brownies (which tastes like a brownie cake).

Generally their food and sweets are great, but I’ll be honest, some of pastries the are a little dry ( I think when they first opened it wasn’t), so it’s a hit or miss. There’s always different workers there so that can make a difference as well. I think this is probably reflective of other Panera Breads too. But the Pineapple Lemon Poppyseed Bundt Cake was delicious.

I loved their fruit yogurt parfait, and breads as well, which sometimes the workers generously gave out.

Check out the rest of the reviews, and like My Goal in Life is to Hit Every Panera Bread in the World Sometimes we will meet, (I’ll post events when we get enough likes).

In addition, I signed up for the free MyPanera card (which is like a shopping card) and keep getting free food and drinks!  I’ve had several beverages, bagels and pastries for free without minimal purchases, just random.  You do get a gift for your birthday each year.

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