Food & Drink

Can Panera Keep up With the Fast-Casual Renaissance It Helped Start?

Published On 06/14/2019 Published On 06/14/2019
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Panera was an early pioneer of healthier fast-casual restaurants. But now that the trend-setter has become a veteran, can it stay fresh? | Cole Saladino/Thrillist
The Thai Salad is a best-in-show offering among the salads. | Cole Saladino/Thrillist
"It's like an Apple commercial, except instead of a phone it's macaroni and cheese."
Panera made its name on sandwiches, and for the most part they still deliver. | David Cooper / Contributor / Getty Images
Going into Panera is like watching an old B-Boy break out his cardboard and tracksuit and get down.
The caprese sandwiches are a weak spot on an otherwise strong sandwich menu. | Cole Saladino/Thrillist
Among the namesake breads, sea salt focaccia and the honey wheat are clear favorites. | Barbara Davidson / Contributor / Getty Images