My daughter and I , with her new baby, frequently lunch out after a shopping trip. Panera Bread is one of our favorite places in the Meriden area. It is especially nice in the warm weather because we can sit outside and enjoy the sun and fresh air while we eat lunch. Yesterday, we were about half way through our delicious lunch, when two different tables next to us had smokers light up their cigarettes. The smoke was visibly blowing straight at us and the tiny baby, and they seemed not to care about this at all. Since there are not any signs posted to not smoke.... even though there are no table ash trays, we did not feel as if we could ask them to refrain from puffing this nasty smoke in our faces. There is only a butt receptacle by the entry way to the patio. So, we abandoned our hopes for a nice lunch , and left to get out of the smoke. I doubt that we will try this again.