Food News: Panera Rolls Out New Menu Items
Yes, when I was in high school I was one of “those” kids. You know who I’m talking about. The kind of somewhat pretentious but mostly trying to be cool private schooler who passed up the wonders of fast food in exchange for the assumed virtues of the fast casual experience. And while I’m much more likely to visit McDonald’s and grab an order of fries these days, I still enjoy the occasional visit to Panera Bread. Recently the QSR chain announced several new menu items. Have a gander:
Cuban Chicken Panini
All-natural, antibiotic-free chicken, smoked, lean ham, sweet & spicy pickle chips, Swiss, chipotle mayo & sun-dried tomato ale mustard on our Focaccia.
Salmon Club Croissant (no picture available)
Chilled salmon filet, Applewood-smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato and our zesty tomato aioli served on a freshly baked croissant.
Mediterranean Salmon Salad
Chilled salmon filet served on a bed of field greens and romaine, with baby Kalamata olives, feta cheese, Mandarin oranges, sliced almonds and red onions all tossed in our new honey tangerine vinaigrette dressing.
Signature Jalapeño & Cheddar Bagel (Also availible in breakfast sandwich form)
Chopped jalapeños, sharp cheddar cheese and a blend of salsa spices mixed in roasted corn flour dough.
Some enticing options there if you ask me, although I’m not sure I could fully enjoy their Cuban Chicken Panini. At least not after a recent visit to Victoria Gastro Pub, where one of Maryland’s most foodie-friendly kitchen’s churns out a deliciously savory-sweet version of the Miami classic with real pulled pork, fresh mango salsa, and buttery gruyere cheese. Now it’s your chance to sound off. Yea or neigh on Panera, and will you be checking out any of these new menu items?