Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Bowie Restaurant Project: (24) Panera Bread

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Panera Bread, 3921 Town Center Boulevard
Most Recent Foursquare Check-in: 10/18/2011
Total Foursquare Check-ins: 1
Pre-Foursquare Visits: Apparently, since I have a menu in my office
Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5 stars

It's a Panera Bread. It's probably a better place to get coffee and a sandwich than Starbucks (I'm currently slogging my way through Bowie's Starbuckses -- review to come later). I don't drink coffee, so I maybe that would be better at Starbucks. But the sandwiches are pretty good. Not great, but pretty good. If I wanted a sandwich, though, I'd probably just go to Subway or, even better, a non-chain restaurant.

What distinguishes this Panera from other representatives of the chain? Like Noodles & Company, it's located on the "Main Street" portion of the Bowie Town Center mall, with the associated annoying parking, but other than that -- not much. It's a generic chain that's a step up from fast food. Since it's the only Panera in Bowie, that earns it 2 and a half stars.

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