My wife suggested that we try this new Panera Bread at Bridge Street. It is on the north side of the new Bed, Bath and Beyond. Panera Bread calls itself a Bakery-Cafe. It's like a bakery-deli. The service was fast, and the people were friendly enough. And, I didn't have to walk to the center of Bridge Street just to eat! We walked in, and I was transfixed by all the cookies and muffins in the case in front of me. But we were ordering lunch, so I looked at the menu board over the counter. My wife saw my eyes go "tilt" as I looked at a menu of about nine dozen things to choose from. So, she ordered a Roasted Turkey Avocado BLT for us to split. It came with potato chips. She also ordered a cup of Cream Tomato Soup, and I ordered a cup of Corn Chowder. The soups also came with bread. Here you order at one end of the counter, and pick up your food at the far end of the counter. Everything here was very good, but I'm giving it a three overall, because I just didn't like the experience enough. I'll attribute this mostly to my unfamiliarity with the place, and not knowing quite what to expect and what foods I'll like here. I'll probably enjoy future visits more. I thought my chowder tasted a bit flat, and my wife commented that the breads were tough and chewy. Maybe I was grumpy today, but I perceived the dining room as dim with a drab brown decor. It reminded me of your average bar in an airport gate area. The music was jazz played on an acoustic guitar, which I experienced as mildly irritating. This lunch for the two of us cost $17.57.
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