I love Panera! Their food is wonderful and served fast. I've never waited more than five minutes for my entree and the service is friendly. I've gone there alone and had a peaceful lunch over on the couch; I've hung out there with my friends over IC Caramels; and I've done some Internet surfing at a high table with their free Wi-Fi. I recommend this place to everyone! 5 stars for everything.
They not only have great bread, which makes their sandwiches unbeatable, but they have the best bagels and spreads! All of their pastries are top-notch (and I'd know- my mother ordered one of each when she was here and we sampled all of them!)
There is outside seating for those great sunny days. They also cater! Whatever you want- soup, sandwiches, bagels and spreads, drinks... they've got it!
I think the Panara is a great place to sit and visit or just sit and read. With wireless...enjoy the comforts of home/work while you drink some good coffee, have a sandwich or eat some soup when you are sick.