9301 Atlantic Blvd
Jacksonville, FL. 32225
I’m not usually up early on the weekend so you probably won’t ever see a breakfast review from me. This is the closest you will get. Lunch! Not often do I get to post a restaurant review as I’m actually sitting in the place.
Location: This Panera is located over by the vacant Circuit City in that area of Atlantic Blvd that people often forget about but has a lot of places to eat. There is a Chili’s, Taco Bell, Moe’s, Starbucks all within 400ft. If you remember where the Barnes & Noble was on the corner of Southside and Atlantic Blvd, then you know where this Panera Bread is.
Interior: If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. I guess that is one good thing about chain restaurants, you know what to expect. There is plenty of seating but the one common complaint I have with any Panera….they aren’t computer friendly, yes they have free wifi but they don’t have many wall plugs for the computer users. I’m using an iPad, so battery usage isn’t a big deal, but that doesn’t help the college students cramming for exams.
Food: The wife got the “Pick Two” and went with the half Bacon Turkey Bravo and Vegetarian Creamy Tomato Soup. It comes with a choice of Chips, Bread or Cookie. She went with chips. I went with the Bacon Turkey Bravo full sandwich with Chips and a Pickle. The Bacon Turkey Bravo comes with smoked turkey breast, bacon, smoked Gouda, lettuce, tomatoes and a “signature” dressing on a Tomato Basil Bread. The great thing about Panera Bread is the fresh bread they use for the sandwiches, then of course if you add bacon and turkey, it just gets better. The food was tasty and fresh, nothing out of the ordinary but definitely a good alternative to a burger. Eating here is a way to feel not as bad as you would if you ate at Burger King but still get full. If they would create more wall sockets, I guess nobody would leave though.
Overall Rating 1-10: A solid 8
Cost: For a couple Coke’s, a “Pick Two” and a full sandwich, it cost us $18.02
Would I eat here again: Of course. It’s not designer food, but you know there is a standard here and it almost always hits it’s mark. Plus you get to eat and catch up on twitter and blogging