Panera Bread Launches New Menu

Tracy Stengel
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Panera Bread understands some things are hard to stop thinking about. Today, they launched their new Roman Empire menu in hopes these craveable foods will be impossible to stop obsessing about. The new menu was inspired by — of all things — a recent social media craze.

A new trend on TikTok has wives and girlfriends asking their husbands and boyfriends how often they think about the Roman Empire. Surprisingly, it’s more often than women think. The responses revealed men think about gladiators, the Colosseum, baths, and chariot races several times a week.

As autumn cools temperatures, thoughts of comfort foods heat up. The Mac & Cheese features shell pasta and a blend of rich cheeses along with Panera’s white cheddar cheese sauce. It is served with a French baguette, an apple, or chips.

Rich, creamy soup may be on your mind. The Broccoli Cheddar Soup is made with chopped broccoli, shredded carrots, and seasonings. The base is a velvety smooth cheese sauce. It comes with choice of French baguette, an apple, or chips.

It’s hard to think of the Roman Empire without recalling Julius Caesar, the famous Roman dictator. Panera’s Caesar salad is a mix of Romaine lettuce, grated parmesan, and homemade black pepper focaccia croutons tossed with Caesar dressing. Your free side can be a French baguette, an apple, or chips.

The fall season conjures up cravings for spices like cinnamon. The Cinnamon Crunch Bagel is freshly baked with cinnamon and vanilla flavored chips and a sweet, cinnamon crunch topping. It pairs nicely with honey walnut cream cheese.

A great chicken sandwich to obsess over is the Toasted Frontega Chicken sandwich on Black Pepper Focaccia. It begins with smoked, pulled chicken that was raised without antibiotics, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and red onions. It’s all topped with fresh basil and chipotle sauce and finished with salt and pepper. It comes with chips, a French baguette, or an apple.

Is Caesar still in your head? Try the Southwest Caesar Salad with Chicken. Romaine lettuce, chicken, avocado and cilantro, and grated parmesan are tossed with Caesar dressing. It is crowned with a drizzle of chipotle aioli and blue corn tortilla chips. Your choice of a side is an apple, French baguette, or chips.

If you can’t stop thinking about chicken sandwiches, try the Chipotle Chicken Avocado Melt on Black Pepper Focaccia. The antibiotic-free chicken is topped with smoked Gouda, avocado and cilantro, zesty-sweet peppers and chipotle sauce. Choose between chips, an apple, or French baguette as a free side.

Autumn is apple time! The Fuji Apple Salad with Chicken is a great way to celebrate the season. Arugula, romaine, baby kale and a red leaf blend is mixed with antibiotic-free chicken, grape tomatoes, toasted pecans, red onions, Gargonzola cheese, and chunks of apple tossed in sweet white balsamic vinaigrette. Enjoy it with a French baguette, chips, or an apple.

Will you be ordering off of Panera Bread’s new Roman Empire menu? What do you want to try first? I’d love to read your opinions in the comments!

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Tracy explores the world with a positive eye, an open heart, and a sprinkling of humor. Without laughter, she would be lost.

Onsted, MI

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