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So Panera and I have a love/hate relationship.   Panera Bread is one of the healthiest fast food choices you can make.  They have salads, soups, and sandwiches that depending on your choices can be a healthy meal.  However, they are expensive and sometimes things are simply just misses.  So I find myself eating the same meal over and over again.

However, recently — for the summer months they released their Shrimp Salad Roll sandwich.  They describe it as:

Shrimp tossed with lemon tarragon mayo, leaf lettuce and avocado served in a freshly baked New England roll and topped with chopped basil and Old Bay seasoning. Served with choice of half a cafe salad or cup of cafe soup.

I thought I would give it a go, with a cup of their Corn Chowder Soup.  I was not looking for a low-fat, low-carb, low anything meal.  I wanted something to perk up my bored taste buds.  Here are the stats for the sandwich (the entire sandwich is 17 Weight Watchers Points):

Summer Shrimp Salad Roll Sandwich


Now let me also say that I had been on a no-shellfish moratorum prior to this as well, and was having some heavy shellfish cravings.  The Hubbs-To-Be has some skin/allerge issues where when it flairs up — shellfish only makes it worse.  He isn’t alergic to shellfish per se, it’s more that it can make a flair up 10x worse.  I had wanted his flair up to clear up, so I had taken us off of shellfish.  No oysters, no shrimp, no crab.  Sad because we both LOVE oysters, shrimp, and crab….. Yet I digress.  I figured I could eat this tasty treat, and then sooth the savage beast.


Sadly.  No.

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The sandwich was….well.  Not what I had hoped for.  The bread was this huge, thick roll — but it just only frustrated me.  It didn’t add anything to the sandwich like  hear New Englander’s state about the roll that makes up the Lobster Roll sandwich.  It was just blah.  I have to give snaps to Panera for having perfectly cooked shrimp however.  Moist, not chewy, and plump.   But the rest of the salad was also very — well blah.  Blah mayo, blah avocado   It tasted very….bland.  Like the spice fairy had forgotten to visit it — and the veggie fairy too.  Maybe some crunchy veggies and a good tangy dressing might have saved it from the blah roll.  But as is — I was utterly disappointed    I hate it when my full fat treats turn out to be bombs.  So I picked out a few of the shrimp to eat, and then I ate the soup (which was pretty nondescript as well — I didn’t even take a picture ….)


Oh well.  Next time I think I’ll just order my usual…in my humble opinion it is SO not worth 17 weight watchers points.

3 responses to “Blah Bites: Review of Panera Bread Co. Shrimp Roll Sandwich”

  1. Pasha says:

    What is your usual Panera choice??

    • Great question! I like the Greek salad and I usually add a protein (chicken or the salmon when they have it). I also like many of their soups; with the Veggie Pesto being a favorite. For breakfast I like the turkey power bowl with extra spinach or the power breakfast sandwich.

      I generally stay away from the sandwiches. Being a lap band patient — bread and I aren’t always friends. And I do indulge in extra dressing again due to being a band patient (sometimes I new more moisture to process foods).

      Treat foods include the BBQ chicken salad and the shortbread cookies! 🙂

      Do you have a favorite there?

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