Panera is one of the hottest places in this area to pick up bagels in the morning. Each morning, they bake loads of fresh and unique bagels (as well as other bread products) for their customers. Every month there is a special flavor of bagel as well. It is very cost effective to buy a Bagel Pack, which includes 13 bagels and two large containers of their own brand of cream cheese. The bagels are extremely tasty, always fresh the day of, and stay fresh for about a week at your own house. The only problem with Panera is how crowded they are in the mornings. Be sure to go early to beat the rush, or be prepared to wait in a somewhat long line. I strongly recommend checking out Panera!
PROS: Great tasting bagels and sandwiches, fast customer service
CONS: Can take a while in the mornings when it is very crowded
Panera Bread is a great place to go with a small group of friends, get a few sandwiches, and just relax. Think Starbucks with a wider selection of sandwiches and salads. The sandwiches are numerous and all equally delicious, while the soups are prepared fresh and served hot. Ample dining space means you can isolate yourself in a corner and enjoy your meal, or sit at a larger table if you have a group. Good for take-out, too. Quick preparation and friendly service.
PROS: Quick, tasty sandwiches and soups, good atmosphere for small groups
CONS: Portions are not huge, a little pricey