Today my mom and I went out to lunch at Paradise Bakery and Cafe in American Fork, UT. This Arizona-based fast casual chain began in 1976, and has spread to 9 other states (mostly West Coast). For you Panera Bread fans, Paradise Cafe is in the same genre. It was a chilly day, and I was itching to get some good warm soup in my belly. I'm usually a sucker for the two-item lunch menu offerings, so I went for the "You Choose Two" special, a cup of soup with a half sandwich and cookie for $7.29.
I was in a harvesty mood, so I ordered the butternut squash bisque and harvest turkey sandwich. The soup really hit the spot...thick, creamy, and slightly sweet. It was garnished with "maple sour cream" and pumpkin seeds. It was well seasoned, with a pleasant aroma and texture. I hit a few spots that tasted more "vegetabley" but it wasn't bad. I've had some pretty awful squash soups, and some pretty good ones. This was among the best.
The harvest turkey sandwich reminded me of Thanksgiving dinner between two slabs of sourdough. It includes thinly-sliced turkey roast, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. It was a warm sandwich, and the bread held up well to the sandwich contents. The flavor was enjoyable, and I was glad that I changed my order to this sandwich at the last second. Between the squash soup and the turkey sandwich...I felt I had a winning combo. Plus, the included chocolate chip cookie was a nice happy ending to a delicious comfort food meal.
Nicole Rates It:
Butternut Squash Bisque 8/10
Harvest Turkey Sandwich 7.5/10