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Kid friendly menu

Posted Wed April 5, 2006 11:30 pm, by Jim C. written to Panera Bread Company

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There are few good choices for toddlers and small children. The employees seem nieve about what a child can eat and it turns into an insult to them when I have to explain that 21 month old girls cannot eat giant sandwiches made of hard bread. They make Croisants but a croissant with peanut butter is not available without a $7 price.. Too high, anti child. Price varies depending on the manager on duty since the order always becomes a custom order. Is it too difficult to make a simple croissant PBJ for a kid?

Offer Soft bread and plastic cups that are kid friendly.


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by Sava Posted Sun April 23, 2006 @ 7:04 PM

I have a 2 1/2 year old, and whenever I was out with her, I ALWAYS
brought food from home with me, just in case there were no
kid-friendly menu options where we went to eat. Panera is not what
I'd think of as kid-oriented, and not somewhere I'd expect them to
have kid menus. Although it might be disappointing that they don't
have more kid-friendly options, you really can't blame them - they're
marketed as a more trendy, adult place to eat anyway, so if you went
in with any other expectations, you must not be too familiar with


by mstigerlily3 Posted Mon April 17, 2006 @ 4:21 PM

And they had a fantastic time. We sat right by the pizza making guy
and he spent the whole time chatting with them giving them sprigs of
basil and rosemary to smell and slices of apple and pepperoni. They
couldn't have been nicer to my kids and they were bouncing all around
the place. They ate their new pizzas they are offering called
Crispinis but they are only offering them after 4pm. But they were
delicious. I had the apple/walnut/chicken salad and that was fantastic
too. After, we all had desserts. They even gave me a coupon for buy
one/get one Crispani free when we left.

But you know, some places just aren't kid friendly. It's always good
to visit a place FIRST before bringing your kids so you can check out
the atmosphere, menu, seating, noise level, etc.


Crispini by Brenny Wed April 19, 2006 @ 9:59 AM

If you can even tolerate mushrooms by mstigerlily3 Fri April 21, 2006 @ 11:12 PM
by christina Posted Sat April 15, 2006 @ 3:00 PM

I can understand that alot of people want to eat in peace, trust me,
before I had my daughter, I was the same. But I was never so cruel
about it. To those of us WITH children, they ARE precious and a
miracle. Some of you make it sound as if we are not allowed to visit
restaraunts because we have children. I don't go overboard and throw
a fuss if everywhere I go isn't kid friendly, I agree that this writer
is fussing a little much. But that's not my point. My point is that
we families DO have the right to dine just as much as anyone else. If
you want to go somewhere peaceful, you're entitled to it, but don't
make us parents feel that just because we have children we're
inconviniencing the world. You were once a child too.


Kids Are Fine by Aleyria Tue April 18, 2006 @ 3:22 PM

I do wish... by Iconophiliac Fri April 21, 2006 @ 1:46 PM

by Shauni Posted Fri April 14, 2006 @ 11:54 PM

okay to all the people that disagree with him get a life. he is just
stating his opinion and if you have a problem with that then deal
with it.

by lelah Posted Thu April 13, 2006 @ 4:11 PM

It's not 'anti child', it's just 'adult oriented'

Not every place is designed for children. Not every restaurant stocks
star-shaped chicken nuggets and Kraft mac 'n cheese. So you have two

Cut up adult foods into bite-sized portions and let your child try
something new


Avoid adult oriented restaurants until she's old enough to enjoy them


yes by N Thu April 20, 2006 @ 6:52 PM
by onehotbiscuit Posted Wed April 12, 2006 @ 4:19 PM

Children have survived for centuries on the same food their parents
eat. Why all of a sudden do children with teeth who old enough to chew
food need to have a special menu?

Listen up, American parents: your children CAN eat other foods besides
mac 'n' cheese and chicken fingers!

If the sandwich is too big, ask for a knife and cut it in half! It's
not brain surgery.


Please..... by mary jo Fri April 14, 2006 @ 11:53 PM

by MA Loper Posted Mon April 10, 2006 @ 2:23 PM

Not every restaurant can be child friendly. Maybe you can save trips
to Panera for days when the kids are with the sitter.

by obxhatteraslight Posted Mon April 10, 2006 @ 12:31 PM

Take your kids to McD`s, BK, Subway or maybe even Chuck E Cheeses.
Honestly some people have no brains.
Heres a quarter call someone who cares


by Brenny Posted Mon April 10, 2006 @ 7:51 AM

I don't really see any sense of entitlement, just a suggestion! He
isn't asking for any freebies.

Jim, you can get a pb&j on any bread you want and it's $2.99 or
something like that. Honey wheat is a nice soft bread (and yummy). Ask
for that next time.

I don't really get the plastic cup thing... they have cups with lids,
what else would you want?


I think by tickytack Mon April 10, 2006 @ 8:06 AM

Eh by Brenny Mon April 10, 2006 @ 8:40 AM

Chuck E. Cheese doesn't serve martinis?! by dragonflygrrl Mon April 10, 2006 @ 10:19 AM

Well, it'll be different by tickytack Mon April 10, 2006 @ 1:20 PM

:P by dragonflygrrl Tue April 11, 2006 @ 3:15 PM

by GreenEyedHawk Posted Mon April 10, 2006 @ 12:09 AM

Where is there a law that says all restaurants have to cater to
children? I personally try to go to restaurants that are NOT kid
friendly because I don't like my dinner to be continually interrupted
by screaming children and parents who can't be bothered to control
them. You want kid-friendly, go to MacDonalds.

by Peregrina Posted Sun April 9, 2006 @ 11:39 PM

"...employees seem nieve about what a child can eat..." It's not the
employees responsibility to know what your child can and cannot eat.
That's your responsibility as the parent. It's also your
responsibility to take your child to a place where you know they will
serve kiddie-food, not whinge because they expect you to pay for a
custom order.


That's naive... by Ruskicat Tue April 11, 2006 @ 7:37 AM

Yup... by Peregrina Wed April 12, 2006 @ 12:47 AM
by Cubjunkie Posted Sun April 9, 2006 @ 11:05 AM

I love Panera. They have nothing for kids. We go to Panera get our
food and go place 2 doors down that has a meal our kids like and go
home and eat them!


by Giselle Posted Sun April 9, 2006 @ 8:10 AM

The bottom line for me is: All restaurants cannot be all things to
all people. Think about it.

Someone suggested sharing your meal with your child. Gawd knows that
due to restaurant portion sizes, that should be easy to do. Or, just
find another more family-friendly place to go to when you are dining
out with your child.

I do agree that a croissant slapped with some PBJ should not cost $7
and prices should be uniform. I also think you can make a similar
sandwich at home and bring it with you if you really want to eat at

by Leer Posted Fri April 7, 2006 @ 6:38 PM

Maybe they don't want to cater to kids. Not everyone likes going out
to eat, and then being subjected to whining children - or their


by Iconophiliac Posted Fri April 7, 2006 @ 4:15 PM

Another thing... how is a croissant with peanut butter on it costing
$7 anti-CHILD? The child isn't paying for it. Shouldn't it be

But the whole theory is wrong, really. I mean while the idea that
peanut butter on a croissant selling for $7 does seem a bit high,
since when should "child-friendly" foods suddently cost less than
"child-friendly-but-also-suitable-for-adults" foods.



by Alley Posted Fri April 7, 2006 @ 2:12 PM

usually what I have seen is the parent/guardian buying a meal then
sharing it with the child, since obviously the child probably won't
eat an entire meal by themselves unless you starve the kid.

by obxhatteraslight Posted Fri April 7, 2006 @ 12:22 PM


she does not have to do that by Prefect Zachary Fri April 7, 2006 @ 1:32 PM

Yeah true by obxhatteraslight Fri April 7, 2006 @ 2:29 PM

by Jeffrey Posted Fri April 7, 2006 @ 10:43 AM

I've written to Panera before about this. They responded by telling
me to buy a soup/sanwhich combo and giving some of the sandwhich to my

Panera is not kid friendly. So, I've learned, don't go there with my

That said, Panera does sell a PB&J on whatever bread you want. It
comes with milk or a soda, I believe, and costs under $4. So, they
are trying... However, PB&J isn't appropriate for children under 3.
Or with kids (like mine) with allergies.

As for custom orders... The reason I wrote them in the first place is
because the cashier had agreed to make us a sandwhich with one piece
of cheese for something like $2. Then, it never showed up. When we
asked, the person at the service (as opposed to register) area said
that it was overrruled. They never told us that our kid's order was
cancelled. So, it wasn't just that Panera isn't kid friendly (their
choice), but that they offer you something and then cancel the order
without letting you know.

by annon Posted Fri April 7, 2006 @ 6:40 AM

I have a Panera Bread menu in my hand right now and what does it say
at the bottom? How about Peanut Butter and Jelley on Soft bread. I
actually went there just the other day and ordered Pb&J for my 2 year
old and it's very soft and you even get fruit. And why would you go
there and expect a good kid's menu, the place just screams grown up,
unless fire-places and lattes are for kids.

by Dirk Schneider Posted Fri April 7, 2006 @ 4:27 AM

Oh, cry me a freakin' river.

I go to Panera BECAUSE there are no children there.

There are no children there because there is no children's menu. It's
freakin' grown-up food.

This is a GOOD THING.

Not every place has to have special baby food for special pweshus
widdle babies. You can take your kid a hundred other places that DO
have special cheap baby food for your special miracle baby. Leave
those of us who want to dine without children around a few nice places
to eat, PLEASE.

Parents already have the run of places like the Olive Garden. What
more do you want? Get over yourself.


heh by Beeracuda Fri April 7, 2006 @ 5:34 AM

No Children! by Iconophiliac Fri April 7, 2006 @ 9:07 AM

You may be right, but... by Jeffrey Fri April 7, 2006 @ 10:49 AM

Jeffrey... by Iconophiliac Sat April 8, 2006 @ 8:59 AM

I hear ya! by schnitz Wed April 12, 2006 @ 4:57 PM

by Kaylasmom Posted Thu April 6, 2006 @ 11:42 PM

Could your sense of entitlement be any greater? Just go someplace
else and quit your belly-aching. Not every place on Earth has to
cater to ankle-biters, you know.


hum...... by poetry_babe Sat April 8, 2006 @ 3:00 PM

Really? by tickytack Tue April 11, 2006 @ 8:40 AM

No I really haven't by poetry_babe Tue April 11, 2006 @ 1:08 PM
by Fed Up Posted Thu April 6, 2006 @ 10:41 PM

Why should the employees be experts on what kids can eat? This isn't
Chuck E. Cheese, although it sounds like you're trying to turn it into
one. How is $7 "anti child"? The kid isn't paying for the meal. Sounds
like you are the one who is "nieve" about where are appropriate places
for kids, and just because there aren't many "good choices" for kids
in your area doesn't mean YOU get to pick any restaurant and try to
force it to be kid-friendly. Go to McDonalds or stay home.

by Misty Caldwell Posted Thu April 6, 2006 @ 9:23 PM

I feel bad for every restaurant that has to put up with your
entitlement minded special orders. Bring a snack from somewhere else.
Why does your kid need to eat there with you if they don't even like
the food? Stop being so selfish to everyone, including your kid. It's
not anti-child just because they don't cater to YOUR version of kid


AMEN! by Quinny Sat April 8, 2006 @ 6:11 PM

by Nicky Dicky Posted Thu April 6, 2006 @ 5:57 PM

It's fricken Panera Bread. If you expect a "kid friendly menu" go to
McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Dairy Queen, or any other places
along those lines.

by S. Brown Posted Thu April 6, 2006 @ 5:49 PM

What you are looking for is not a "kid friendly" menu but a "kid
priced" menu. Some restaurants cater to children and some don't. I
would suggest that you take your toddlers to restaurants where they
will be welcome and where children's menu items are already


by dragonflygrrl Posted Thu April 6, 2006 @ 5:34 PM

I like to go to Panera and hang out and read the paper sometimes on
Sunday mornings. It's nice, the coffee is good, and above all the
place is reasonably quiet. If they started pandering to people with
little kids, my Sunday mornings would have to take place elsewhere,
and let me tell you there are few enough places out there where a
non-parent can have a sandwich and a cup of coffee without hearing
whining and crying from the adorable little monster at the next table.
There are plenty of kid friendly restaurants out there, go to one of


Well said! by Ruskicat Tue April 11, 2006 @ 7:42 AM

by DCGirl Posted Thu April 6, 2006 @ 4:48 PM

The raison d'etre of Panera is that it serves interesting sandwiches
on artisan breads. Why would anyone go to a place known for its
breads and then grip about them? It doesn't make sense.

by obxhatteraslight Posted Thu April 6, 2006 @ 3:15 PM

Go somewhere kid friendly. Is it me or are people just stupid.


I dunna... duh LOL by obxhatteraslight Thu April 6, 2006 @ 3:15 PM
by Mr. Mafia Posted Thu April 6, 2006 @ 3:11 PM

Well it is not a kid friend restaurant, this sounds like a restaurant
that adult's go to during their lunch breaks to grab a quick bite.
One advice that has nothing to do with the letter, you mention that
they make croissant's with peanut butter, well not that it is any of
my business, but due to the peanut allegies it is recommended that you
do not feed your child peanut products until they are over 3 years
old. Peanut allergies usually occur if the child has peanut products
under the age of three.


I didn't know that by Venice Thu April 6, 2006 @ 6:27 PM

More facts. by Mr. Mafia Thu April 6, 2006 @ 10:14 PM

by Psychobabble Posted Thu April 6, 2006 @ 3:05 PM

Instead of asking a restaurant to change their menu and
utensils...perhaps you'd be better off finding one that already
welcomes kids?


Dont you know by Aleyria Thu April 6, 2006 @ 3:11 PM

I procreated 7 years ago.... by mary jo Fri April 7, 2006 @ 9:15 AM

Wasnt Trying to... by Aleyria Fri April 7, 2006 @ 1:51 PM

by Aleyria Posted Thu April 6, 2006 @ 1:53 PM

Let me get this straight, you believe that since one night you had too
many glasses of wine with dinner Panera Bread now needs to alter their
menu to accomodate your new lifestyle as opposed to you purveying
establishments that actually cater to kids?

Kepp up this entitelemnt attitude and your kid is well on the way to
being PF newest gimmie pig!

Sorry I had to steal your "saying" Ticky!


No problem... by tickytack Thu April 6, 2006 @ 3:04 PM

Oh My God by Aleyria Thu April 6, 2006 @ 3:09 PM

I know! I just registered there! by tickytack Thu April 6, 2006 @ 4:01 PM

Etiquettehell by AngelaMN Thu April 6, 2006 @ 5:24 PM

Go on the discussion forum! by tickytack Fri April 7, 2006 @ 8:28 AM

Funny by tickytack Fri April 7, 2006 @ 9:42 AM

EtiquetteHell by Iconophiliac Sat April 8, 2006 @ 8:44 AM

"Seem" terrific? by onehotbiscuit Wed April 12, 2006 @ 4:26 PM

Both by Aleyria Fri April 7, 2006 @ 2:45 PM

I'd have used Tickytack by tickytack Mon April 10, 2006 @ 1:21 PM

by mary jo Posted Thu April 6, 2006 @ 12:53 PM

I dont like Panera. However, they are NOT marketed as a kid or even a
family style place. It is not their responsibility to carry every food
every child will eat.

You question "Is it too difficult to make a simple croissant PBJ for a
kid?" is strange since you already said they can make one. You just
dont want to pay the price for it. In that case go somewhere else or
eat at home. You cant buy two loaves of bread and two jars of peanut
butter and probably one jar of jelly for 7 dollars.

When I want to take my son out to eat I go where I know I can get
something he will eat. When I am out without him I go the places I had
been wanting to go but knew he wouldnt eat there. Thats just something
we, as parents, have to do.

You order what they have to offer or you go somewhere else. Its rude
to expect them to make a child's sandwhich they dont carry on the menu
just for YOUR child.

It amazes me still the sense of entitlement people have. I would NEVER
expect any place to cater to my kids needs or wants. That is MY job.


by AngelaMN Posted Thu April 6, 2006 @ 10:26 AM

Can't you just give them some of YOUR meal? I mean, a 21-month-old
child doesn't eat much at a sitting (not the ones I know, anyway). So
tear off pieces of your own food or cut up some of your pasta and
veggies and let them eat that. All of my friends with children do
that, rather than order kid meal stuff (which tends to be breaded and
fried foods).

by Cass Posted Thu April 6, 2006 @ 9:08 AM

TickyTack is exactly right... it's your responsibility to feed your
child, and not the employee's job to know what you want her to eat.
Panera is not a kiddie restaurant. If you want to eat there with your
child, you should bring her lunch with you.


by tickytack Posted Thu April 6, 2006 @ 8:41 AM

Why should the employees have to decide what your kid can or can't
eat? You're the parent - that's up to you. And haranguing the
employees because you don't like the menu is just plain WRONG.

Not every restaurant is geared for kids and those that are not should
not be expected to bend over backwards to accommodate yours!


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