Panera Bread


My husband and I were at Panera Bread yesterday (without our PA son), and I noticed a sign saying that if you had food allergies or sensitivities, you could ask for a complete list of ingredients.

I inquired about this, and the counter person pulled out a huge binder with nutrition information, ingredient listing, and allergy information for every item on their menu. It was a full page for each item, nice big print and easy to read. They also had, at the front of the binder, a quick reference chart for many of the common food allergies.

I eat there occasionally and don't recall seeing this information before, so hopefully it's a move in the right direction!

On Nov 30, 2006

Our Panera makes peanut butter bagels and more. They also have free Wifi but my son can't go because of the PB. Peg

On Nov 30, 2006

The Panera near me also serves PB&J, but they were gloves when making it in one place where nothing else is and they change their gloves everytime. I am still nervous to take DS there so I haven't because everytime that I have been there without him there are children eating them getting it smeared everywhere. Seriously everytime!

On Nov 30, 2006

I am not going to chance it. My son wants to go there with his laptop and write/study but he is worried about the peanuts as well so he goes to Starbucks instead. Peg

On Nov 30, 2006

DS had a reaction after eating some chips there (he also had a sandwich but the ingredients themselves were safe, and the we believe the issue was not cross contamination/ingestion of PB, watching the precautions they took making his sandwich).

This was 3-4 years ago, and the chips were made in peanut oil. For some reason, we didn't read the label until he had taken a few bites of chips. About 1-2 hours later he started to feel bad and finally threw up. Benadryl was effective. At that point, we weren't sure it was a reaction and not a virus. It wasn't like his previous reaction (throat swelling).

We don't really go there. He can avoid chips, of course, and they may very well have different chips there now. But he's a vegetarian, and there's not much there for him, and with the PB, I'd rather go elsewhere.

On Dec 7, 2006

They have had that binder for years. Nearly 3 years ago I asked about allergies and they showed it to me. THe one near us serves PB&J, and when I spoke to the manager, she said they can't guarantee anything is safe in the restaurant b/c of cross contam (they carry cookies, too, and some of the pastries have nuts).

Panera is WAY outside my comfort zone.

On Dec 8, 2006

i agree -- between the big thing of PB -- and the nuts in the desserts and stuff -- (not to mention the flies on the danishes in th OPEN case -- yuck!!!)

i would not give my son anything from there - if my husband and i want a bagel we go there for a "date"

On Dec 8, 2006

I agree with the rest of the posters. I too have seen the binder and they also list all of the ingredients online.

However, when my son has been there (one time only) I got him the chicken noodle soup and a bag of chips (Krunchers are not made in peanut oil any longer) I didn't want him eating any bakery or bread items. It was out of my comfort zone.

On Dec 9, 2006

Thats great that they have a list there with all ingredients, i cant wait to see it next time i go. For an extra 50 cents or so you can substitute the chips out for some fresh fruit. But i do only eat there when i have to.

On Dec 12, 2006

I once ordered a greek salad at Panera and found a slivered almond in it. I am not allergic to nuts but my son is and I would never even dream of letting him eat anything from there. It's always a zoo in there with servers rushing around to fill orders. It's not suprising that foods would be crosscontaminated with other items. Be careful.

On Dec 12, 2006

I wouldn't eat anything from there because me and my son are both PA and TNA. Too risky for my comfort zone.

On Dec 12, 2006

My SIL worked there and said "no...never." She said it is the ultimate in not safe.