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Friday, August 7, 2009

A Passion for Panera

Regulars are well aware of the lure of Panera Bread. And those who are yet to be acquainted - be forewarned - you will be taken in.

Panera Bread, the laid-back cafe with tasteful, modern decor and a menu to match, made its debut in Mayfield Heights. Word about the (huge) step up from fast food emporiums spread as quickly and enticingly as the fragrant, warm bread rising high in their ovens.

Soon a Panera sprouted in Points East Plaza in Mentor, followed by another in Creekside Commons. The latest recently opened its doors off Wilson Mills Road in Highland Heights.

So what's the bagel, err, big deal?

Panera offers a place to relax any time of the day while savoring a delicious cup of coffee, freshly baked bread and pastries, sandwiches and salads that deliciously deviate from the norm, loads of lattes, mochas and more.

At Panera, you won't hear "Do you want fries with that?".
There are no fryers ... they've been replaced with "fresh".

Want to eat healthy? Try Panera.
Comfortably? Try Panera.
Unhurriedly? Try Panera.

Let's hope this type of establishment continues to multiply and that fast food chains either emulate them or drown in their own tasteless, grease pits.

People's preferences for food and dining experiences are changing. Panera is a worthy leader in what some may deem a restaurant revolution.

-- Jean Bonchak

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Looking for weekend breakfast?

This weekend my boyfriend and I enjoyed breakfast at New Town Grill & Tavern on Lake Shore Boulevard in Mentor (near the Willoughby border). We sat on the patio under giant umbrellas, enjoying coffee, eggs, french toast, bacon, sausage, rye toast and hash browns.

The food was delicious and the service, excellent. The meal was served quickly, and our server was around often to top off coffee and ask how we were doing. I will return to have breakfast there again.

My only complaint about the experience was the noise of the traffic from Lake Shore. Fortunately there wasn't a constant stream of vehicles on Saturday morning, and being able to sit in the nice weather to have such a good meal definitely outweighed the infrequent noise.

New Town serves breakfast Saturday and Sunday only. The prices are incredibly reasonable -- with most meals hovering around the $5 mark -- and items can be ordered a la carte if they are not included in your meal.

New Town Grill & Tavern
7079 Lake Shore Blvd.
Mentor, OH 44060-2960

-- Cheryl Sadler

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