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We ate lunch at Panera Bread in Oldsmar today.  I never go to this location because their parking lot is horrible and always full.  We missed the lunch crowd, so were able to get in & out fairly quickly.

Loren ordered a cup of clam chowder with half of a smokey turkey club.

He was less than impressed to say the least.  He liked the chowder, but his panini was just a train wreck.  The bottom side wasn’t grilled at all because half of the turkey was outside of the sandwich.  Definitely some poor quality control going on here.

I went for the chicken salad on ciabatta bread & a side of mac & cheese.

I was pretty impressed with the mac & cheese.  It was very creamy & had a nice unique flavor to it.  I’m hard to please with mac & cheese but this one ranks as one of my favorites now.  The chicken salad sandwich was pretty good.  Way more than I could eat in one sitting, so it was lunch the next day too.  Total bill with two drinks was $25.

Panera Bread
3181 Tampa Road
Oldsmar, FL
813-849-6153

Panera Bread on Urbanspoon

Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.0/5
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  • Had lunch at MecaFresh today.  Got a soup and sandwich combo with the lobster bisque and the eggplant panini.

    Good stuff all the way around.  The bisque is always yummy and the panini is crisp on the outside, tender on the inside and has good flavors.  I actually got my lunch for free since I had finally completed one of their coupon cards.  My friend Cathy & I decided to split a brownie because they looked so tempting on the counter.  Unfortunately, the first one we got was stale.  Be sure to check the brownies for softness before grabbing one.  The second one was much better.

    MecaFresh
    3235 Tampa Road
    Palm Harbor, FL
    727-773-8839

    Mecafresh Cafe on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value4/5
    3.6/5

    There’s one constant whenever I eat at MecaFresh, I always get the lobster bisque.  Sure, they offer the other soup of the day, but nothing compares to the bisque. 

    For lunch, I got the half eggplant panini and soup combo for $8.

    The panini was nice and crunchy with a thin slice of eggplant and tomato sauce.  It’s one of my favorite combos there. 

    MecaFresh
    3235 Tampa Road
    Palm Harbor, FL
    727-773-8839

    Mecafresh Cafe on Urbanspoon

    Food0/5
    Service0/5
    Atmosphere0/5
    Value0/5
    0.0/5