Blah Bites: Review of Panera Bread Co. Shrimp Roll Sandwich

So Panera and I have a love/hate relationship.   Panera Bread is one of the healthiest fast food choices you can make.  They have salads, soups, and sandwiches that depending on your choices can be a healthy meal.  However, they are expensive and sometimes things are simply just misses.  So I find myself eating the same meal over and over again.

However, recently — for the summer months they released their Shrimp Salad Roll sandwich.  They describe it as:

Shrimp tossed with lemon tarragon mayo, leaf lettuce and avocado served in a freshly baked New England roll and topped with chopped basil and Old Bay seasoning. Served with choice of half a cafe salad or cup of cafe soup.

I thought I would give it a go, with a cup of their Corn Chowder Soup.  I was not looking for a low-fat, low-carb, low anything meal.  I wanted something to perk up my bored taste buds.  Here are the stats for the sandwich (the entire sandwich is 17 Weight Watchers Points):

Summer Shrimp Salad Roll Sandwich


Now let me also say that I had been on a no-shellfish moratorum prior to this as well, and was having some heavy shellfish cravings.  The Hubbs-To-Be has some skin/allerge issues where when it flairs up — shellfish only makes it worse.  He isn’t alergic to shellfish per se, it’s more that it can make a flair up 10x worse.  I had wanted his flair up to clear up, so I had taken us off of shellfish.  No oysters, no shrimp, no crab.  Sad because we both LOVE oysters, shrimp, and crab….. Yet I digress.  I figured I could eat this tasty treat, and then sooth the savage beast.


Sadly.  No.

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The sandwich was….well.  Not what I had hoped for.  The bread was this huge, thick roll — but it just only frustrated me.  It didn’t add anything to the sandwich like  hear New Englander’s state about the roll that makes up the Lobster Roll sandwich.  It was just blah.  I have to give snaps to Panera for having perfectly cooked shrimp however.  Moist, not chewy, and plump.   But the rest of the salad was also very — well blah.  Blah mayo, blah avocado   It tasted very….bland.  Like the spice fairy had forgotten to visit it — and the veggie fairy too.  Maybe some crunchy veggies and a good tangy dressing might have saved it from the blah roll.  But as is — I was utterly disappointed    I hate it when my full fat treats turn out to be bombs.  So I picked out a few of the shrimp to eat, and then I ate the soup (which was pretty nondescript as well — I didn’t even take a picture ….)


Oh well.  Next time I think I’ll just order my usual…in my humble opinion it is SO not worth 17 weight watchers points.


Fit Eating: Panera Bread Co. Egg, Bacon and Cibatta — Meh.

So I decided to treat my taste buds to something rich, evil, and certainly off any diet plan I’ve ever been on!  As I pulled into my local Panera Bread before work, I decided that I will not get the power sandwich, or the hidden low-carb bowl!  Oh no!  Today I want good bread, I want cheese, I want BACON!

So I pulled into my friendly Panera Bread and ordered the Bacon, Egg, and Cheese on Cibatta:

All-natural egg — freshly cracked every morning — a thick slice of Vermont white cheddar and Applewood-smoked bacon all grilled on freshly baked Ciabatta.

Here it is in all it’s non-diet glory!

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And that is about all I ate of it.  No really.  Seriously.  It was MEH.  It was the most MEH breakfast sandwich I had had in a long time.  And I have eaten protein bars — this was more MEH.  Really really just blah.
So here we go — lemme try to review this….more about the meh sandwich after the jump….