|Wide Range of Pastry Options|
On May 27, 2013 Panera Bread in Sherman Oaks had their Grand Opening. We were pleased to have received an invitation to attend this event and be amongt the first 100 to arrive. Panera gave the first 100 guest and customers a gift of free bread for a year (one loaf a month).
This new Sherman Oaks location sits in what some may remember as the old Billy Blanks studio.
We were greeted by friendly smiles and warm hellos from the entire staff. Upon meeting Jacob Bustos, Panera District Manager we understood why everyone was so nice. He was so friendly and was eager to feed us. Bustos offered us a complimentary meal. Initially I selected the roasted turkey and sundried tomato pesto, but after a long conversation with Bustos, my food got cold an he insisted I order it again, but then he suggested the Mediterranean egg white sandwich. I took his advice and order that without the egg white and it was amazing. No....I did not let my first sandwich go to waste I gave it my son for lunch. As for Ari she ordered the Mediterranean veggie sandwich and she really liked it, but all the while she kept eyeing my sandwich. I saying eyeing, because I was not going to share this one. I loved it!
|Signature and café sandwiches with freshly baked bread|
The menu has a nice selection of sandwiches, baked goods, pastas, salads, soups and soufflés. Panera was one of the first restaurants to have the calorie counter on their menu. We have to admit on this day we just glanced at the calorie counter, but will use it in the future. Panera also has a hidden menu. We do not know what is on it, but will find out when we return.
|Bagel Packs for on the go needs|
Panera Bread prides it's self on giving back to the community. Dough nations are given each night to local charities in the local area of each Panera Bread location. For every night there is a certain charity selected and it us up to them to pick up the bread.
This new Sherman Oaks location is going to be a success. It is on the boulevard where everything is happening. They have free wifi, who could beat that, along with great food. At the end of June they will have their ribbon cutting ceremony. For those of you in Westlake Village, expect to see a new café in your area by early August.
We were are glad that were extended and invitation to partake in such a fun event.