Panera: Top 8 Menu Hacks You Didn’t Know

Panera Bread is a great destination for delicious breads and fresh food, but are you getting the most out of their extensive menu? We bet we can prove that you’re not! There is a whole other side to Panera’s menu that few people know about, and we are here to present the top eight menu hacks to show you what you are missing out on!

Number Eight: Go for the Free Treat

That is if you’re lucky enough for the cooks to screw up your order. A small, usually hidden sign on the counter states the Panera Policy that if your order comes out wrong, you get a free treat. It’s usually just a cookie by default, but if you ask nicely you could probably get whichever pastry you’d like.

Number Seven: Go for the Avocado

Vegetarian? No problem! The workers will be happy to replace any meat item on a normal meal with avocado for no extra charge. This can save you a pretty decent hunk of change (about $1.59) compared to getting your entrée meat-free and adding the avocado separately.

Number Six: Add More Ingredients

Additionally, you can get other select items added to your meal for free. The more expensive foods, like meat or avocado, might set you back a bit, but the basic additions come free. Feel like your sandwich would be better with a little onion, tomato, cucumbers, or lettuce? Go for it!

Number Five: Go Small or Go Home

Soft drink refills are free throughout your visit, so why spend the extra money on a large? If you’re taking you food to go, alright, we understand. Although, when you are eating in, it only makes sense to stick to the small cup and just keep refilling.

Number Four: The Secret Menu

If you are on a diet that calls for a lot of protein and fiber, the Panera secret menu is for you. These options tend to be more health conscious than the normal (but cheesy and delicious) menu, and include items like the Power Breakfast Egg Bowl with Steak or the Power Steak Lettuce Wraps.

Number Three: There’s an App for That

One downside about this particular food chain is that it is almost guaranteed the store is going to be packed from opening to close. By using their app, you can significantly reduce that time- especially with their new “rapid pickup” shelf. Just send in your order through the app and pay for it as you do, and when you get to the store, your order will be right there waiting for you. No human interaction necessary!

Number Two: Cookie Coffee

If you are in the mood for a blended drink and want to add a sweet touch, try asking the barista to throw a cookie into to the mix. I mean, of course you’re going to have to buy the cookie, too, but it is so worth it! When you get your drink, it will be just like a coffee cookie milkshake!

Number One: Panera Will Do Anything for You

If you want it, you can have it. To an extent, anyway. As long as Panera has the ingredients and tools necessary to make it happen, you can really order whatever you want. We hope you liked our ranking of the top eight menu hacks that you didn’t know about at Panera!