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Panera Bread's Hidden Menu - Paleo when eating out?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 27, 2013 at 5:51 PM

I found this accidentally on the Panera Bread website when I was looking for allergens in their chicken. It is called the Panera Bread Hidden Menu and I think it is super cool for those times when you want to eat out with friends, business lunches, etc.

I try to plan ahead with my food but business lunches or "lunch with the girls" is just standard operating procedure around here so I am super excited to find this alternative.

I had the POWER MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN SALAD - All-natural, Antibiotic-free chicken, baby spinach, romaine, tomatoes, apple-wood smoked bacon, diced eggs, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and extra virgin olive oil. Allergens listed are eggs and milk. I took my own salad dressing but the fresh lemon and little olive oil packet was nice. The cashier told me the best one was the Power Steak Lettuce Wraps.

The bacon probably has nitrates BUT thankfully no wheat, soy, corn or sugar is listed. I am pretty happy about this and wanted to see what you guys had to say. I know that eating out is never as good as cooking at home but this seems like a great alternative for us Paleos.

What do you think? Have you tried any of them?

Eb05717ddf503606a47138a909046478

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on May 02, 2014
at 05:22 PM

Please double check paneranutrition.com. It gives you way more information than the PDF on Panera.com. Both Power Breakfast bowls contain wheat starch. :(

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on April 05, 2013
at 08:05 PM

The company name is "Panera Bread". They may risk calling out the fact that bread isn't so healthy if they advertised this new breadless "Hidden Menu" as the healthier option.

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on March 15, 2013
at 09:18 PM

What else would they be?!

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on March 05, 2013
at 03:10 AM

I'm pretty sure there eggs are eggs because they were included on the allergen list as eggs. If they weren't real, they probably wouldn't have been listed as an allergen. Just my 2 cents worth...

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on March 01, 2013
at 01:09 PM

My problem is that this is the "Hidden Menu" -- Make it public let people know

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on February 27, 2013
at 08:18 PM

Thanks for the article. I have always loved Panera's menu. Paleo fast food! Healthy fast food! Yes!!!

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on March 15, 2013
at 05:56 PM

What I'm wondering is, why is this hidden? It's hard enough to encourage people to make healthy choices when they're right there in front of them, much less hidden away on some secret menu! What's the point of doing this, other than for the restaurant to be ~special and people in the know to feel really cool about themselves? It's a great idea but I wish they'd just put the healthier meals right out with the regular stuff; not everyone has a chance to look up a special secret menu before they walk in.

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on April 05, 2013
at 08:05 PM

The company name is "Panera Bread". They may risk calling out the fact that bread isn't so healthy if they advertised this new breadless "Hidden Menu" as the healthier option.

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on February 28, 2013
at 05:37 AM

Very excited you came upon this! That salad looks awesome, and I'm thrilled to discover options that get me out of having to cook, from time to time!

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on February 28, 2013
at 03:36 PM

Don't worry too much about the nitrates, we have more in our saliva, if anything, worry more about the non-grassfed beef, but once in a while isn't going to be a bad thing. :)

Thanks for the hidden menu, I don't usually eat out, but this might be useful just in case.

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on February 28, 2013
at 04:40 AM

I'll be ordering off this hidden menu next time I go to Panera! Watch out though, I think I read their diced eggs are not real eggs. Can anyone confirm?

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on March 05, 2013
at 03:10 AM

I'm pretty sure there eggs are eggs because they were included on the allergen list as eggs. If they weren't real, they probably wouldn't have been listed as an allergen. Just my 2 cents worth...

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

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on March 15, 2013
at 09:18 PM

What else would they be?!

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on February 28, 2013
at 04:01 AM

Panera DOES make some tasty salads, and I like their hidden breakfast options. Since their bread is chewy enough to give my masseter muscle a cramp, it's not worth eating any way :)

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on March 21, 2014
at 05:29 AM

Panera adds wheat starch, and other bad things, to the items on the hidden menu. Read my article at fatguypaleo.com

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

FYI-- the nutrition facts say the bacon has no sugar... but when you look at the ingredients, it lists sugar in the bacon. Tricky, tricky. While it may be a miniscule amount, I'm currently doing the Whole30, so it matters.

http://www.paneranutrition.com/

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on April 05, 2013
at 08:06 PM

I had the mediterranean turkey salad. It was tasty, but not filling enough for meal.

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on April 05, 2013
at 05:40 PM

They should post these! Even if they don't want to re-do their whole boards, they could put up a poster or stand board. I'm sure they'd a popular choice if people knew they were available.

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on April 05, 2013
at 05:21 PM

All the eggs (including diced) are real. The menu is hidden to allow Panera to test the use of other marketing options (in this case social media). Any sugars in the meats tend to be naturally occuring, not additive.

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on March 15, 2013
at 07:36 PM

I had the Power Lettuce Wraps for the first time a few days ago. They were pretty good but a little difficult to eat mostly because of tge presentation in the bowl. I kept getting looks in the restaurant and I assumed it was because I was making a mess but after I was done someone came up and asked me about my meal. Then, I felt like the cool kid knowing about the secret menu!

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on March 15, 2013
at 06:33 PM

Maybe "hidden" really means they didn't want to spend the $$$ revamping all their menu boards, etc. Probably just want to try it out and see how it sells before really committing to it permanently.

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