Panera Bread's Mac and Cheese is easily the best thing on their menu. Not only does it taste great, but it's actually the most popular menu item, so popular that it's been on the menu for a whole decade! And just when we thought Panera couldn't outdo themselves, they did just that.
To celebrate the Mac's 10th Menu Birthday, the sandwich shop is announcing their new Build Your Own Mac and Cheese Bar! This wasn't some crowd-encouraged thing either, we actually have Panera employees to thank for this amazing addition.
"A lot of this was born organically out of our associates at the café level," Tom Sadler, Panera's VP of product development told Delish. "On their breaks they would put a little bacon on there, a little pico de gallo, a little cilantro and they'd build their own experience."
To improve the menu, Panera chefs added three new macs to their menu - a classic Bacon Mac, the Baja Mac with avocado, pico de gallo, and cilantro, and the BBQ Mac with BBQ sauce, pulled chicken, and onions.
Here's where the DIY comes in. The Build Your Own won't be a physical bar in Panera stores, but will be an option on the Panera Bread app and online ordering. And if you're not totally tech-savvy, you can always DIY order in the store too!
There have been rumors of mac and cheese available in a double bread bowl, but that item was just being tested in Philadelphia stores over the summer. There's still hope though! Word on the street is that the double bread bowl may have a national roll-out in its future...