BOSTON, April 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Au Bon Pain prides itself on providing a balanced menu with healthy and indulgent menu items that are fresh and delicious; the fast casual restaurant has a 37 year heritage of serving high quality delectable options. Today, Au Bon Pain is unveiling a sirloin steak sandwich and salad, multigrain croissants, an asparagus & tomato egg white frittata, a CroisBun™ topped with fresh strawberries, a protein-packed peanut butter cookie with chunks of real peanuts and craveable Monkey Bread.
"On the sweet side, we decided to bring Monkey Bread into cafes as it is a favorite among many, and we've developed it as muffin-sized pull-apart pastry that is sharable – and wonderful for a snack with friends," said Maria Feicht, Au Bon Pain's chief brand officer. "We are also changing the pastry game with our Strawberries & Creme CroisBun that is topped with fresh strawberries; a fresh sweet surprise."
The refreshes are to appeal to the changing consumers who want more health conscious meal choices but who also want to splurge on innovative bakery items. Today's seasonal menu is the first phase of the long-term menu changes that Au Bon Pain will be rolling out over the next few months under Executive Chef Katherine See.
"Our new sirloin steak options are absolutely delicious; they bring a higher quality of premium sandwich to our cafes," said Katherine See, Au Bon Pain executive chef. "As we listen to our guests, we know they are seeking more protein options so we found the best sirloin steak we could, we added peanuts to our peanut butter cookies and we are planning even more exciting changes that will take place starting late spring."
Au Bon Pain is always striving to meet consumer demands for on-the-go yet healthy and delicious choices. A list of items newly available today include:
Asparagus & Tomato Egg White Frittata – Egg whites, Asiago, roasted asparagus, and roasted tomatoes, topped with fresh spinach on an Asiago bagel.
Multigrain Croissant – As a container for a sandwich or a flaky pastry with morning coffee, this croissant provides an option for the health-conscious
Strawberry & Greek Nonfat Yogurt Parfait – Nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt with fresh strawberries and granola.
Oven Hot Sirloin & Asiago Sandwich – Sirloin steak with Asiago cheese, romaine, fresh tomatoes & Dijon served hot on Asiago ciabatta.
Farm Stand Steak Salad – Sirloin steak drizzled with a balsamic glaze atop a bed of romaine and field greens, with grilled asparagus, tomatoes, cucumbers, caramelized onions, gorgonzola, and a red wine peppercorn vinaigrette.
Tuna Salad – Tuna salad with celery and onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, and field greens on a multigrain croissant.
Roasted Tomato & Fennel – Slow roasted tomatoes, onions and fennel blended with herbs and parmesan
Freshly Baked Indulgences
Strawberries & Creme CroisBun™ – Our famous sweet cheese CroisBun™ filled with strawberry preserves and topped with whipped creme & fresh strawberries.
Monkey Bread – Soft pull-apart pastry baked with cinnamon sugar and honey.
Whole Wheat Zucchini & Nut Mini Loaf – Diced zucchini, crunchy California walnuts and plump raisins in a hearty and moist whole wheat cake.
Chunky Peanut Butter Cookie – A chunky peanut butter cookie bursting with whole peanuts and all-natural peanut butter.
Toasted Coconut Latte – Espresso and toasted coconut syrup topped with frothed milk. Available iced or hot.
Half & Half (Lemonade/Iced Tea) – Premium cold brewed tea blended with refreshing lemonade.
For more information on the new menu or to find an Au Bon Pain location near you, visit www.aubonpain.com.
About Au Bon Pain
Founded in 1978, Au Bon Pain ("the place of good bread") has grown into an internationally recognized leader in the fast-casual restaurant category. The chain's signature items—sandwiches, breads, pastries, salads, soups and coffee—are served in welcoming cafe environments emphasizing quick service and hospitality. Au Bon Pain offers consumers a wide array of delicious, nutritional foods, and over the past three years has earned Health magazine's designation as one of America's Top 5 Healthiest Restaurant Chains and was recently voted the #1 healthiest restaurant chain by Grellin.
Au Bon Pain operates in six key trade channels including urban office buildings, hospitals, universities, transportation centers, malls and museums, with locations ranging from 300-square-foot satellites to 6,500-square-foot cafes with 100-plus seats. Au Bon Pain currently operates in more than 310 locations in the U.S. and internationally. Additional information about Au Bon Pain, which is headquartered in Boston, may be found at www.aubonpain.com.
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