Panera Bread is known for combining fast food with healthy eating and because of this, it is a favorite amongst vegetarians who favor a whole foods diet. They also serve a variety of pastries and baked goods like Pizza, brownies, cookies, and muffins. Whether you want to eat healthily or indulge in pastries, there is something for every vegetarian at Panera Bread.
According to their official nutrition and allergen information, there are as many as 143 vegetarian options at Panera Bread which you can choose from.
With such a large number of vegetarian choices on their menu, it's incredibly easy to eat as a vegetarian at Panera Bread. The options are nicely spread across the menu meaning that you don't have to feel left out for not being able to eat a certain type of food. For instance, one of the things Panera Bread is famous for is sandwiches. Typically, they include meat, but as a vegetarian, you have several options here from the classic grilled cheese sandwich to the Mediterranean veggie sandwich.
Elsewhere on the menu, things get a little sweeter, and, there is a lot on offer here for vegetarians. If you are a fan of sweetbreads then you could opt for their blueberry or chocolate chip bagel. For something a little more decadent, you could try their brownies or Vanilla Cinnamon swirl covered in icing sugar.
As with all establishments, it's important to read the menu carefully as a vegetarian as you could get caught out with items that aren't obviously vegetarian-friendly. Panera Bread, however, makes it really easy to identify which menu items are vegetarian friendly. For instance, on their breakfast menu, they have two cheese souffle, one indicates that it comes with bacon and one comes with artichoke. Knowing that one has been specified to come with meat means that you can order with confidence. You can also use the search bar on the menu to find all vegetarian items.