While you would think a chain restaurant/store like Panera would be typical and boring, this place is anything but!
An atmosphere that is inviting, with comfy overstuffed chairs and couches placed by the fireplace or tables and booths offered inside to enjoy the laid back style. During the infrequent sunny, warm days in Erie you can enjoy an outdoor cafe style atmosphere at a table out front.
Prices are reasonable for what you get and items are anything but ordinary. Sandwiches are made on specialty breads, some toasted, some not and can be accompanied by fresh soups. My favorite is the baked potato soup and half sandwich. Fresh breads are available to take home with you, along with bagels and fresh baked goods such as chocolate croissants.
My only complaint is that most of the sandwiches cannot be 'made to order' as they are prepared in advance and heated up by the cooks so if you want that sandwich without the onion or without tomatoes you have to take it off yourself. I find that appalling in todays age that you can't have it the way you want it but it's acceptable if you don't mind giving up individuality for great taste! It also sometimes forces you to try something you might otherwise push aside and never try!
They offer frequent buyer cards for sandwiches and bagels so don't forget to ask! Pricing is more than reasonable for a definite above average taste and style. You can sit and enjoy a quiet atmosphere for hours in a coffee shop style setting!