Soup and Sandwich From Panera Bread

Cheapeats was honored to be a taste tester for Panera Bread and Daily Buzz Food. We gladly accepted our $10 gift card and went off. We decided to check out their cafe in Union Square after Yoga. Hunger were filling our belly, as well as trying to be healthy. Can we satisfy our hunger without breaking the bank and our waistline? Let’s see.

It was a chilly night, so soup sounded like the perfect answer. We studied their menu, when something caught our eye – “PICK 2.” We can order a bowl of soup and half a sandwich? What’s better than soup and a sandwich, especially for around $7-$9, depending on the sandwich. After a workout, protein is needed, so we decided to go with Chicken Noodle Soup and Turkey Sandwich. “Would you like chips, roll or an apple with that?”; we’re asked. Keeping focused, we go with an apple. We were given a number and sat at our table.

Within minutes, a smiling girl set a tray down in front of me and was told to “Enjoy.” One look at our meal and we knew we would. The Chicken Soup had large pieces of carrots, celery and onions, with chunks of white meat chicken and wide egg noodles, and swimming in a rich and hearty broth. YUM!!! Tasted like it was homemade…right from your kitchen.


Chicken Noodle Soup


The Turkey Sandwich was hand carved turkey breast, that was antibiotic free, with mesclun greens, tomato, applewood smoked bacon, with a dab of reduced fat olive oil mayonnaise, on country white bread. No processed deli meat or limp iceberg lettuce here.  The turkey was moist and the bacon was crunchy. Just like a leftover Thanksgiving sandwich. Mmmmm.

I have to say, I was quite pleased and satisfied with my meal. It was tasty, cheap and healthy. I was even able to plug in my meal into My Fitness Pal app on my Iphone. My sandwich choice was a premium, so I did go over the $10 budget by $.39.

Mission accomplished and nibbled on my fresh apple on the walk home.


Happiness, $25 and under.

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A fierce love of food and twin careers in real estate and fashion taught Rose to look for the hottest item and the hottest deal. Perfect attributes for creating When friends and clients needed a great meal at a great price, she could rattle off restaurant names the way a sports nut ticks off batting averages—but with a lot more home runs. Now it’s all at Cheapeats, where you’ll find “Happiness, $25 and under.”


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