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January 26th, 2006

Side Choices

Yesterday I purchased my lunch at Panera Bread, in part because I wanted something a little different and in part because I wanted to get out of the office for a few minutes.

When I ordered my meal something new happened: I was given a choice as to what side I wanted with my sandwich. Chips were what I went with (I had a panini, after all) but I had a few more options: a hunk of a baguette, a hunk of another bread product, or an apple. An apple! Nice.

I think it’s quite nice that restaurants are opening up the side item to choices. Sometimes I want a baked potato instead of fries. Sometimes, an apple instead of chips. And sometimes, a cookie. Too bad a cookie isn’t a side. It should be.

Posted in Miscellaneous

FROM: Monica
DATE: Thursday January 26, 2006 -- 10:33:37 am
"... a side of bread with your sandwich?" That's silly. :-)

FROM: jk
DATE: Thursday January 26, 2006 -- 11:17:11 am
Yes that is kind of weird. I could clearly understand it with soup.

Side choices are great because sometimes you really want something salty with your meal, other times fruit would be fabulous. I used to get a tuna salad sandwich at a cool locally owned place here and I always wanted my salty chips with it. Sad story: the owners sold the place and the food's just not the same now....service is awful and the pink lemonade is toxic. They do however still offer a variety of sides ranging from potato salad to a fruit cup.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Thursday January 26, 2006 -- 12:09:28 pm
I should probably note that there's a great local chain (of 2!) sandwich shops, Costello's, that has offered a choice of sides forever. But it was new at Panera.

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