Sometimes, you just have to eat wherever it's convenient.
That's the situation I was in on Monday. Coming back from a trip to Winfield and needing to take care of some urgent afternoon business in Wichita, it was lunchtime as I hit Derby on the unplanned early drive back home. I didn't pack a lunch, I was going to enjoy a sit-down meal at a Winfield restaurant, but circumstances changed, so a drive-through lunch became the order of the day.
With time of the essence, I thought about McDonald's but passed, not a fast food go-to place for me, not even a Plan B, it's more like a Plan C or D. I gave Wendy's a thought and their limited-time Loaded Nacho Burger, but the line was too long. Knowing I would soon run out of Derby real estate and fast food options, I settled for Panera Bread, with only one car in the drive-through as I pulled in.
Having no clue what I was going to order, I quickly reviewed the menu board as the car ahead of me finished placing their order. The Chicken & Pepperoni Mozzarella Melt caught my eye.
Here's the description from the Panera website: Smoked, pulled chicken raised without antibiotics, thick sliced pepperoni, fresh mozzarella, shredded Fontina and mozzarella cheese blend with tomato bell pepper sauce on our toasted French Baguette.
This is a foot-long sandwich, more than enough for lunch, there would be half a sandwich left over for dinner. I went with a combo, ordering chips and a drink to go with the toasted baguette.
This was a rather tasty sandwich! The pulled chicken and sliced pepperoni is a really nice pairing, complimented by the tomato bell pepper sauce which was generously portioned. The blend of cheeses had a perfect melt and combined with that perfectly toasted baguette, well, it made for a flavor party dance in the mouth.
Costing me $17.69 for the sandwich, drink, and a little bag of chips, I'm giving the Panera Bread Chicken & Pepperoni Mozzarella Melt - Stacked Toasted Baguette 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap Stars. It's a darn good sandwich, and the preparation was well executed, but like most everything on Panera's menu, it's overpriced. This was an on-the-go convenience meal, but it didn't come at a convenient price. Although quite tasty and a lot of sandwich, it's not worthy of a repeat buy.
The Panera Bread visited on this occasion is located at 1500 N Rock Rd, Derby, KS 67037. The drive-through service was courteous, friendly, and fast.
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