Monday, August 6, 2012

Kneaders

Where: 295 W. 1230 N. Provo (near McDonald's on Bulldog)
Distance: 0.75 Miles
Website: kneaders.com
Restaurant Type: Regional Chain (about 30 locations across Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Arizona and Oregon)
Cuisine: Bakery, Soups, Sandwiches/Subs
My Frequency: 10-15 times
Who: Collin and John
Food: Bottomless French Toast and Bottomless Sourdough Pancakes for Breakfast. Turkey Bacon Avocado on Focaccia and Planet Peaches Smoothie
Price: $10.75 for breakfast for two ($4.99 a piece) and $10.33 for lunch for one ($6.99 sandwich and $2.99 smoothie)
My thoughts:



Kneaders is great because it's a little more unique than some of the other places in Provo. It's a bakery so you're guaranteed good bread, but it's what they do with the fresh bread that makes this place so enjoyable for me. You can see on the billboard the main reason that I've ever gone to Kneaders: All You Can Eat Fresh Toast for $4.99.


Fresh thick bread made in house. Yes please. Add fresh strawberries and delicious buttery syrup. Yes please. Let me eat all I can. Heck yes! This is the plate that they start you out with. It's important to note that though you can get as much syrup and french toast as you can eat, you only get one cup of strawberries and cream, so use it wisely. One of the best things is that there isn't much of a wait for your extra servings. Some all-you-can-eat places have such a delay for round two that you get worn down and aren't as hungry. That being said, I really only need a round and a half or so to be full and content with this delicious breakfast. 




I had been so happy with the French Toast that I never tried these Sourdough Pancakes until this time. Though they are nice and fluffy, I definitely prefer the French Toast. The neat thing is that because the price is the same, they let me get French Toast as my refill. I know I said before that the syrup is delicious and buttery, but it is so good it deserves special mention again. I really really enjoy the syrup here paired with the fresh strawberries and cream.


Before I talk about my lunch trip, I want to show you some of the special features of the interior. The decor in fun and homey. It feels like a rich family's house, and surprisingly the decorations go together pretty well even though there are a lot of them.


Another neat thing about Kneaders is that they sell all of their breads to take home. I honestly haven't bought a whole loaf before, but from what I've had by the slice at the store, I can tell you it's good stuff.



Even though I haven't bought any of the breads to take home, they always have a couple of options out to sample. You can see they have these orange rolls to try, with packages boxed up next to the register to take home. I think it's a great way to get some variety and hold you over just a bit until your food is ready.


My favorite part of this Turkey Bacon Avocado sandwich was the bacon. It was fresh and crispy. The bread is also delicious on this sandwich. It's Focaccia, which is nice and thick with delicious melted cheese on the top. Also, since Kneaders is a bakery, it was very fresh. The turkey wasn't that great, unfortunately. It was a bit dry and detracted from the other good flavors. It is a large sandwich that may be big enough for two meals or for two people. The avocado was fresher than any I've had this year, and I really enjoyed it.


This smoothie was a great complement to the meal. It was fresh and creamy. Overall it was perfect! This trip I went through the drive-through, which took longer than expected. Though my meal was good, it was more expensive than I think it was worth.

Do differently next time:
Nothing. I've been to Kneaders often enough and I've found what I like. I would say that I've had their soup before and have never been impressed. The salads, on the other hand, have been good overall. I also haven't had a bad dessert there yet. There's a large selection of pastries for your sweet tooth.

The Verdict:

Breakfast: Good Choice. It's a great not-run-of-the-mill kind of place. Though it is growing, it still has more of a local feel, which has some appeal for me. The breakfast is great if you're looking to get full on something delicious for a low price.

Lunch: Try it. It's a solid lunch, but for the price I don't know if it's worth it to me. I've never split my recommendation for a restaurant, but because of the large difference I'm going to this time.

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