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Panera Bread: Enjoy a Variety of Quick, Yet Satisfying Meals at Pier Park
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

The Panama City Beach Panera Bread brings the best of this beloved chain to Pier Park. Stop in for a quick, but satisfying meal of salad, soup, pasta, or a sandwich — you'll appreciate the fresh food and relaxed ambiance.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

Panera Bread can nearly always be counted on to deliver quick, tasty, and reasonably nutritious meals — and the Panama City Beach location is no exception. Like all Panera Bread locations, this particular restaurant offers a variety of bakery items and meals, including soups, salads, pasta, and more. While these dishes are ordered at the counter, Panera Bread feels a bit more formal than your typical fast-food joint.

The restaurant has a surprisingly extensive children’s menu, featuring such favorites such as pb&j, ham sandwiches, mac & cheese, or chicken noodle soup, among others. 

A variety of beverages are available to complement your meal. In the morning, you’ll no doubt want to order coffee. Otherwise, you can also grab iced tea, flavored lemonade, soda, or sparkling water.

If there’s a downside to eating here versus other Pier Park restaurants it’s the lack of outdoor seating, which is a key benefit at some nearby establishments. If, however, you plan on picking up your food or don’t mind hanging out inside, you can enjoy a pleasant meal featuring all your Panera favorites. 

A few of our favorite menu items include the following:

Mediterranean Grain Bowl
Keep it healthy with a delicious bowl meal chock full of brown rice and quinoa. These ingredients are only the beginning; you’ll also enjoy grape tomatoes, diced cucumbers, kalamata olives, hummus, feta crumbles, lemon tahini dressing, and Greek yogurt. A squeeze of lemon and a hint of cilantro-lime ties it all together.

Chicken Tortellini Alfredo
The ultimate comfort food, this creamy pasta dish comes with smoked chicken, a three-cheese blend, and, of course, delicious Alfredo sauce. This tortellini dish is also available without chicken.

Southwest Chile Lime Ranch Salad With Chicken
You’ll have no trouble getting your veggie servings for the day with this healthy, yet appetizing salad, which includes smoked chicken, romaine, arugula, cilantro, a quinoa tomato sofrito blend, and an adobo corn blend. Add masa chips, feta crumbles, avocado, and chile-lime rojo ranch — and you have the makings of the perfect salad. A French baguette can be included as a side.

Bacon Tomato Grilled Cheese
If you love grilled cheese and you love BLTs, you will absolutely adore this satisfying sandwich. Served on Panera’s Country Rustic bread, the sandwich includes smoky tomato confit, a four-cheese blend, and, of course, plenty of bacon. Chips are served on the side.

Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake
Whether enjoyed on their own, with coffee, or after a satisfying meal, the pastries and sweets at Panera Bread are definitely worth trying. Don’t hesitate to order this old-fashioned coffee cake, which will give you a wonderful taste of nostalgia. Featuring a cinnamon swirl and a buttery crumb topping, this cake will hit the spot.

From fresh-baked treats to satisfying soups, salads, and sandwiches, the Panera Bread location at Pier Park serves a variety of options that are sure to satisfy. Stop by for a quick bite or take your time during a leisurely outing — either way, you can depend on this location to serve the favorites that have made Panera such a popular destination.

Insider Tips:
– If you dine in, you’ll likely be handed a buzzer, which will alert you when your meal is ready. If it’s crowded inside when you arrive, feel free to take your buzzer with you as you stroll around outside.
– While dining in is certainly pleasant at this location — and also convenient given its Pier Park setting — other options are available for procuring your meal. Feel free to order for pickup; if you provide at least ten minutes’ notice, you can feel confident that your meal will be ready by the time you arrive. Otherwise, depending on your location, you may also be able to order for delivery.