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Panera Bread Just Discontinued Dozens of Popular Menu Items—Here's What's Gone

As part of its menu overhaul, Panera is adding several new food options and removing scores of existing offerings.
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If you haven't already heard, there are some major changes taking place at Panera Bread, one of America's biggest bakery-café chains.

Earlier this year, Panera announced that it would roll out the "biggest menu transformation" in its nearly 40-year history on April 3. The sweeping overhaul included the debut of nine new menu items, such as a Toasted Italiano sandwich, Bacon Mac & Cheese, and a Ranch Cobb Salad. The chain also promised bigger chicken and steak portions for many salads and sandwiches, as well as enhanced the recipes for 12 classic menu offerings like the Chipotle Chicken Avocado Melt, Fuji Apple Chicken Salad, and Bravo Club Sandwich.

While the prospect of brand-new foods and new-and-improved recipes may be music to the ears of Panera's many fans, customers will probably be far less enthused to learn about the other side of this overhaul: popular menu items are being discontinued to make way for the new options.

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When Panera initially announced the transformation, the chain confirmed to Eat This, Not That! that it planned to remove some menu categories so it could refocus on core offerings like soups, salads, sandwiches, and mac & cheese. Panera said that its line of flatbread pizzas would be among the discontinued categories, but didn't offer any other hints on what else would be eliminated.

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So, ahead of the new Panera menu launching at restaurants nationwide on April 4, Eat This, Not That! recorded a comprehensive list of all the foods and drinks available at Panera. Then, we compared the old menu to everything available on the new menu and found that dozens of items customers could score just a couple of days ago are no longer available now. Here's everything that has been removed:

  • Black Forest Ham & Gouda Melt – Toasted Baguette
  • Pepperoni Mozzarella Melt – Toasted Baguette
  • Chicken & Pepperoni Mozzarella Melt – Stacked Toasted Baguette
  • Chicken Green Goddess Caprese Melt – Stacked Toasted Baguette
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu Melt – Stacked Toasted Baguette
  • The Signature Take Chicken Sandwich
  • The Spicy Take Chicken Sandwich
  • Roasted Turkey & Avocado BLT
  • Toasted Steak & White Cheddar
  • Deli Ham Sandwich
  • Southwest Chicken Melt
  • Deli Turkey Sandwich
  • Napa Almond Chicken Salad Sandwich
  • Vegetarian Autumn Squash Soup
  • Turkey Chili
  • Teriyaki Chicken & Broccoli Bowl
  • Baja Bowl with Chicken
  • Mediterranean Bowl with Chicken
  • Baja Bowl
  • Mediterranean Bowl
  • Blueberry Bagel
  • Sesame Bagel
  • Chocolate Chip Bagel
  • Lemon Drop Cookie
  • Cranberry Orange Muffin
  • Croissant
  • Blueberry Scone
  • Pastry Ring
  • Classic Sourdough Loaf
  • White Whole Grain
  • Asiago Cheese Focaccia
  • Spinach & Artichoke Souffle
  • Reduced Fat Chive and Onion Cream Cheese
  • Pepperoni Flatbread Pizza
  • Margherita Flatbread Pizza
  • Cheese Flatbread Pizza
  • Asian Sesame Salad with Chicken
  • Southwest Caesar Salad with Chicken
  • Madagascar Vanilla Cream Cold Brew
  • Madagascar Vanilla Almond Cold Brew
  • Cold Brew
  • Frozen Caramel Cold Brew
  • Frozen Chocolate Cold Brew
  • Chocolate Latte
  • Iced Chocolate Latte
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Green Passion Smoothie
  • Peach & Blueberry Smoothie with Almondmilk
bowl of Panera Bacon Mac and Cheese
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The Cinnamon Crunch Latte is also no longer available now, despite being on the menu earlier this week. However, the drink is a seasonal menu item that returned to Panera this past fall, so it wasn't meant to stick around permanently. Customers should also take note that the Smoky Buffalo Chicken Melt has undergone a minor name change and is now called the Spicy Buffalo Chicken Melt.

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The loss of so many menu items isn't a complete surprise since Panera tested a smaller menu at select restaurants over the summer of 2023. Still, the retirement of so many popular options means that many customers may have to find new go-to foods and beverages at the chain moving forward.

Panera Black Forest Ham & Gouda Melt
Panera Bread

When Eat This, Not That! reached out for comment on the discontinuations, Panera shared the following statement:

"Our new menu is refocused on our core offerings with the goal of adding more options, more innovation, and more value within the categories our guests love the most – soup, salad, sandwiches, and mac & cheese.  The menu offers more new salads and sandwiches, better value with more new options below $10, and more in every bite with additional chicken and steak on many menu items."

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"We have listened to over 30,000 guests on the journey to land on our new menu – it's also grounded in feedback from our bakery-cafe teams and makes it easier for our teams to give our guests a faster and better experience," the statement continued. "With nine new items and 12 enhanced classics, along with the addition of iconic flavors like ranch and balsamic, the menu reflects the very essence of Panera at its best."

Zoe Strozewski
Zoe Strozewski is a News Writer for Eat This, Not That! A Chicago native who now lives in New Jersey, she graduated from Kean University in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Read more about Zoe
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