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I'm going to Panera for lunch today and am trying to figure out what I can eat. I was planning on getting the Portobello & Mozzarella Sandwich, but the cheese has rennet in it. I was thinking about getting it without the cheese. I just wanted to get some recommendations from my fellow veggies.

I don't like the Mediterranean Veggie, so that's completely out of the question. The soups are very good and the green tea is AMAZING
 

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I'm going to Panera for lunch today and am trying to figure out what I can eat. I was planning on getting the Portobello & Mozzarella Sandwich, but the cheese has rennet in it. I was thinking about getting it without the cheese.
I'd go with that and get it without the cheese if it sounds like something you'd like. I always read through the menu and choose something that looks good, then take the meat/cheese off. Usually I can get them to add some extra cucumbers, tomatoes or onions in place of it. I love the Tuscan Chicken minus the chicken. It has greens, onions, tomatoes and some type of pesto spread. I add cucumbers and extra tomatoes.

There is a salad that's pretty good and doesn't have meat. It has mandarin oranges and walnuts in it. They also normally have 1 vegetarian soup.
 

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you can make many of the menu items veg*n by asking to omit cheese/meat/etc. I don't know the specific items. I haven't been to Panera in a while
 

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I recommend the Portobello & Mozzarella without the Mozzarella
It was gooooood!
I'm surprised. The one time I ate there that's what I ordered and I thought it was terrible.
 

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I'm surprised. The one time I ate there that's what I ordered and I thought it was terrible.
What was wrong with it? I was very hungry when I ate it, so that may have contributed to the fact that I liked it so much.
 

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What was wrong with it? I was very hungry when I ate it, so that may have contributed to the fact that I liked it so much.
I don't know. I love mushrooms to no end ... but theirs tasted funny to me ... and so it really didn't tickle my fancy much. I think it may have tasted better to me if it had a vegan sauce or something on it that goes good with mushrooms.

Maybe ours is just funny mushrooms. They could have been old or something.
 

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I was at Panera today and was told the Mushroom & Portabello sandwich cannot be made without the cheese, as they are wrapped pre-made and then just heated up.

Nevertheless, there are several great options at Panera. They have the Mediterranian Veggie Sandwich, which can be made without the feta. They also have at least 4 vegetarian soups, two of which are also vegan. Today, for example, they had Vegetarian Vegetable, Veggie Black Bean, and Veg Carrot Soup on the menu. So, for a tasty meal, you can get half of a Mediterranian Veggie sandwich and one of their veg soup options.
 

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Does anyone know if their broccoli cheese soup uses an animal broth? I'm guessing it does, since it doesn't have the word 'vegetarian' in front of it like their veg soups.
 

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Does anyone know if their broccoli cheese soup uses an animal broth? I'm guessing it does, since it doesn't have the word 'vegetarian' in front of it like their veg soups.
i just checked their website, and yes, it uses a chicken based broth.


here's a link to their menu...they have the nutrition facts and ingredients for each item.

http://www.panera.com/menu/cafe/soups.php
 

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Damn it! A vegetarian friend of mine said it was made without any meat bases and I believed her... I just had this last week. Which explains the wierd feeling in my stomach whenever I do.... I'm such an idiot

*reminding myself to always always check for myself*
 

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I was at Panera today and was told the Mushroom & Portabello sandwich cannot be made without the cheese, as they are wrapped pre-made and then just heated up.

Nevertheless, there are several great options at Panera. They have the Mediterranian Veggie Sandwich, which can be made without the feta. They also have at least 4 vegetarian soups, two of which are also vegan. Today, for example, they had Vegetarian Vegetable, Veggie Black Bean, and Veg Carrot Soup on the menu. So, for a tasty meal, you can get half of a Mediterranian Veggie sandwich and one of their veg soup options.
I actually read that on another post (I think by you) and since my bf and I shared it, I took my cheese off and gave it to him. The cheese didn't melt in at all, so it was sooo easy to take off.

Everytime I've had the Mediterranian Veggie, I ended up not eating it because it was so awful.
They need more options on their menu just for vegetarians (no rennet or anything).

But they don't have all of their soups available everyday. Yesterday, the Black Bean soup wasn't an option. They had the vegetable soup (which tastes just like the one I have at my job) and the Tomato (which has corn syrup in it... yuck). If they had the black bean, I would have gotten it. My bf has had it before and said it's delicious!


I ended up just having the Portabello and Mozz (1/2) with the Fandango salad and an apple. Plus, yummy green tea. The tea filled me up, so I didn't eat too much of the salad.
 

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Damn it! A vegetarian friend of mine said it was made without any meat bases and I believed her... I just had this last week. Which explains the wierd feeling in my stomach whenever I do.... I'm such an idiot

*reminding myself to always always check for myself*
Trust No one. :p I always check for myself... just in case. I can't stomach meat products either.
 

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i just checked their website, and yes, it uses a chicken based broth.


here's a link to their menu...they have the nutrition facts and ingredients for each item.

http://www.panera.com/menu/cafe/soups.php
I actually ate that a few months ago. It didn't occur to me until my next visit that it probably wasn't veg. Thanks for the link. I'll definitely check in the future.
 

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I don't know. I love mushrooms to no end ... but theirs tasted funny to me ... and so it really didn't tickle my fancy much. I think it may have tasted better to me if it had a vegan sauce or something on it that goes good with mushrooms.

Maybe ours is just funny mushrooms. They could have been old or something.
I've had this sandwich before and I didn't care for it either. I thought the mushrooms seemed like canned. They had that rubbery, kind of slimy texture.

ETA I haven't been to a Panera in a while, but they have those new crispani things. Apparently they use cheese from a different supplier than for the portobello sandwich, because rennet isn't listed in the ingredients for those. And I think they make them while you wait, so you probably could get them w/out cheese if you wanted.
 

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My favorite panera option is..... not to go there in the first place.

I'm a little curious why you're planning a trip to panera in advance. I could understand if you friends dragged you in there, but since you have the day to plan couldn't you choose a better restaurant?
 
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