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No Au Bon Pain in CA?

daydream Apr 10, 2011 10:53 PM

I'm so disappointed; there isn't a single Au Bon Pain location to be found in this state, and I really want to try it! Do we Californians have anything comparable? Is ABP like Panera, or is it better, as I imagine/have read?

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    CurlieGlamourGirlie Apr 12, 2011 07:00 AM

    I find Panera to be less expensive and better quality, but that's just my opinion. I find Au Bon Pain to be fairly pricey for what you're getting. I think there's also healthier options at Panera and I like the 'pick 2' options (half a sandwich and soup or a salad and soup). I'd even choose Cosi over ABP. I don't think you're missing much! :)

    1. pamf Apr 13, 2011 12:43 PM

      I think Au Bon Pain offers more options, they have about 6 to 8 different soups and such daily and they are usually more interesting the ones at Panera. They also have lots of ready made sandwiches, salads and snacks (like a couple of cubes of cheese and a few slices of fruit) that are in containers and can be picked up quickly. Those items are the ones that can really add up when you realize what you are paying for, but I like the convenience of those when traveling.

      You can also get the made to order sandwiches and salads but there are often long lines for that.

      1. boogiebaby Apr 13, 2011 01:09 PM

        If I remember correctly, we had Au Bon Pain years ago. My friend used to work at the one at Topanga Mall in the SFV.

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