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Corner Bakery or Panera?

Of course these two places are the competitors of one another, but which is better? I have both almost within walking distance of my place in Orange County and frequent both a lot for lunch. Some things I have noticed is that Panera is more expensive. I have ordered a Tomato Basil soup Bread Bowl from CB and its HUGE. However, go to Panera and order a similar and its a lot smaller and costs about a dollar more.

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  1. I only Paneras nearby and have eaten at CB once. I found both to be similar but CB has a larger menu. I have seen that Panera is expanding theirs. All in all they are a nice change from fast food.

    1. Personally I tried the Panera in Marina Del Rey a few times and found the "pizza" tasty but the service utterly horrific. I guess that depends on the franchise.

      But I like CB's salads, personally.

      1. I used to live in Chicago and ate lunch at Corner Bakery often. LOVED it for the variety and (perceived?) freshness. I moved to Columbus, OH where they have Panera but no CB. While I like Panera occasionally it doesn't hold a candle to CB. Oh Great....now I'm craving the CB chicken salad. ;-)

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        1. re: HungryLetsEat

          Hungry, I too lived in the Chicago area for almost 20 years and LOVED CB. I live near a Panera here in Bexley and while they are OK for lunch (better than Mickey D's!), I crave the great deli and other terific food from Chicago.

        2. Ive eaten both prety regularly, and personally, I just think the food tastes better at CB. Their soups are much better and their sandwiches totally blow Panera's out of the water. I do love Panera's lemonade, though.

          1. Oooh good question!

            My opinion has definitely changed over the years but I think I'm going to have to go with Panera. Corner Bakery skimmed their menu down a bit a few years ago and I haven't liked it as much since.

            At Panera, I like the Asian Sesame Chicken Salad with a bowl of Broccoli Cheddar Soup. At Corner Bakery, I always just get the cavatappi pasta with marinara sauce - so it's nothing notable.

            Hillary
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