I have found my cafe, and it is good.
Thus saith Rob.
When I left Dallas over 2 months ago, I was sad to leave my favorite eatery, Atlanta Bread Company, a warm soup & sandwich shop that specialized in homemade breads and fresh ground coffees. I went there a lot to read during lunch. It was such an inviting little place, a break away from the city madness.
Well, I found a worthy successor: Panera Bread.
And I dare say, this place is even more quaint and home-like. Both cafes are chain stores, yet they’ve done well to emulate the Starbucks coziness factor.
Tonight, I sat next to a warm gas-powered faux fireplace and ate my wonderful dinner while reading Narnia. Here’s what I got:
Vegetarian Roasted Tomato & Pepper Bisque
Frontega Chicken Panini
Oh, one other little tidbit that really won me over — the employee who took my order actually asked me (I didn’t have to ask him!) if this order was “for here”. Hence a ceramic mug was given me, rather than a cheap cardboard cup for coffee. Imagine that! After all, what good is all this nice atmosphere if you can’t eat and drink from welcoming ceramic?