One of my favorite national chains would have to be Panera Bread. I tend to eat there at least twice a month.
They have so many different items to choose from that you could never get bored! From sandwiches made on fresh baked bread, to homemade soups, delicious desserts, crispy individual pizzas, fresh salads and more.
And of course you cannot leave without buying fresh bread for home!
I usually buy their "You Pick Two" special every time. This special allows you to get two of either a half sandwich, soup or salad for only $5.99. My usual choice is half of a Mediterranean Veggie sandwich on Ciabatta bread. It comes on Tomato Basil Bread regularly but they always let me substitute and then my other half is the Classic Cafe salad. The dressing with this salad is a balsamic vinaigrette and it is out of this world!
Then in the cold months I also get a bowl of their Vegetarian Garden Vegetable soup. This soup is so packed with veggies you would think that they had a garden in the kitchen! And unlike many canned soups, you can taste the veggies in this soup. My hubby loves their French Onion soup in the bread bowl.
Then you get a choice of sides with the You Pick Two, either a french baguette, apple or chips.
Or course no meal would be complete without one of their delicious desserts which they have on display in the restaurant. There are so many to choose from but my son always gravitates towards the double chocolate cake.
If you are in the mood for web-surfing, their locations also provide WIFI access.
It is a great place with fresh food and one I go to often.