Slideshow: We Try the Whole Menu at Pret a Manger

Roast Beef and Parmesan Baguette ($3.49)
Roast Beef and Parmesan Baguette ($3.49)
Probably your best best in Pret’s baguette family. The meat isn't hefty or juicy, but it’s also not at all dry. A few salted, peppered pieces of roast beef are nicely complemented by sharp Parmesan and arugula.
Smoked Ham & Parmesan ($5.99)
Smoked Ham & Parmesan ($5.99)
A slick of mayo brings this sandwich together: mesclun, moist ham, parmesan shavings. Mildly smoky and satisfying.
Famous Ham and Cheese Baguette ($3.49)
Famous Ham and Cheese Baguette ($3.49)
It's got a restrained and well-balanced amount of applewood-smoked ham, Swiss cheese, baby leaf lettuce, and mustard-mayo. Long one of our favorites.
Smoked Ham & Egg ($4.99)
Smoked Ham & Egg ($4.99)
A cold egg sandwich may seem strange, but the egg adds a richness to this salty sandwich, and the ham is moist. The bread’s a little dry, but at least it’s not soggy.
Super Health & Hummus Salad ($7.99)
Super Health & Hummus Salad ($7.99)
We like the super-seasoned butternut squash mush; the hummus is creamy enough, but strangely acidic. This isn’t something you’d mush all together; it's more a pile of reasonably tasty things on a bed of lettuce than it is a salad.
Slim Chicken Avocado & Balsamic ($3.59)
Slim Chicken Avocado & Balsamic ($3.59)
Good hit of balsamic, tender chicken, sizable mushy avocado chunks. Pretty delicious.
Tuna Salad Baguette ($5.99)
Tuna Salad Baguette ($5.99)
Very much a tuna sandwich, rather than a mayonnaisey tuna salad sandwich, which we appreciated; it pairs well with the cucumber, but there's nothing else going on.
Chicken Caesar Salad ($7.49)
Chicken Caesar Salad ($7.49)
One of the better salad options, with sizable chicken chunks, nice big Parmesan shavings, and a creamy, peppery dressing.
Ham, Cheese, and Mustard Toastie ($6.29)
Ham, Cheese, and Mustard Toastie ($6.29)
There’s a good amount of ham (Niman Ranch Applewood Smoked Ham) and while we could’ve used a little more cheese, it’s a solid pressed sandwich. This is one we'd go back for.
Pret's Cobb & Greens Salad ($7.49)
Pret's Cobb & Greens Salad ($7.49)
With sweet, crisp apple and big chunks of blue cheese, it's not a bad bet; go for the simple vinaigrette.
Egg Salad, Parmesan, Spinach Baguette ($5.99)
Egg Salad, Parmesan, Spinach Baguette ($5.99)
The Parmesan adds salt and tang to an otherwise simple sandwich, and the spinach keeps it fresh-tasting. The tomatoes drag it down, though.
Spicy Grilled Chicken Hot Wrap ($6.95)
Spicy Grilled Chicken Hot Wrap ($6.95)
Don’t be afraid of the name, it’s hardly spicy. But it’s pretty tasty, as long as you like red peppers. Several tasters picked this as their favorite.
Tuna Nicoise Salad ($7.99)
Tuna Nicoise Salad ($7.99)
Plump capers add a great salty flavor, but the tuna itself is very dry, in large enough chunks that chewing them is a bit unpleasant.
Pret Yogurt Pots
Pret Yogurt Pots
We like the granola; we don’t like how mushy it gets. (Even McDonald’s yogurt parfait does the packaging better, isolating the granola from the wetter elements.) We like the Ronnybrook Farms yogurt; we don’t love it when mixed with super-sweet dried raisins and dried cranberries. The spiced apple and ginger is the parfait here we’d eat again.
Soups
Soups
Our favorite of the soups ($3.99 small) was the Moroccan Lentil, with plump green lentils well-integrated in a stew of carrots, turnips, and onions, with balsamic and garlic to liven it up; we’d also order the somewhat simple, but tasty Mediterranean Grilled Eggplant, with zucchini, summer squash, and tomatoes. Skip the salty, mushy-noodled Chicken Noodle and the Malaysian Chicken, which doesn’t taste like much more than curry powder and coconut milk.
Cookies
Cookies
They’re all kept warm at the counter, which goes a long way towards keeping these soft-middled, crisp-edged cookies appealing. The oat-cranberry-walnut-raisin Harvest Cookie and the chocolate-macadamia-coconut “Coco-Nut” taste about like they sound, but the Chocolate Chunk cookie, its chocolate dark and melty, is still our favorite.
Slim Chicken, Apple & Cranberry ($3.59)
Slim Chicken, Apple & Cranberry ($3.59)
The cranberries add a somewhat awkward, out-of-place sweetness to this chicken sandwich.
Egg Florentine Toastie ($6.29)
Egg Florentine Toastie ($6.29)
We like the egg, spinach, and cheddar combination, and the mustard-mayo combo adds creaminess and tanginess--but the tomato brings it down.
New York Meatball Hot Wrap ($6.95)
New York Meatball Hot Wrap ($6.95)
Meatballs aren’t bad, though a little dense and dried-herb heavy. But the wrap itself is unfortunately dry.
Organic Popcorn
Organic Popcorn
SE-approved, and one of Ed Levine's favorite snacks.
Bars
Bars
The brownies are dark and fudgy; the fruit and oat bar, somewhere at the intersection of a granola bar and an oatmeal cookie, dessert-y and soft. We preferred both to the “Love Bar” (with about ten too many ingredients crammed in) or the sweet, jammy raspberry bar.
Chicken & Avocado Salad ($7.49)
Chicken & Avocado Salad ($7.49)
Lots of chicken, lots of melty, ripe avocado, it's one of the better salad options.
Falafel and Grilled Pepper Hot Wrap ($6.95)
Falafel and Grilled Pepper Hot Wrap ($6.95)
Ed says: “None of the sprightliness that you want a falafel sandwich to have.” The balls themselves are loosely packed but dry, and there’s a wedge of melted cheese in the bottom that feels a bit out of place.
Mozzarella and Pesto Toastie ($6.29)
Mozzarella and Pesto Toastie ($6.29)
The pesto’s quite good; the mozzarella softens nicely. But again, the layer of pink, mealy tomato turns a pretty good sandwich into a less recommendable one. We know you can’t change the season, but don’t feature bad tomatoes in a sandwich with so many of them.
Salmon Toastie ($6.29)
Salmon Toastie ($6.29)
The salmon is too salty and gets tough once heated; the flavors aren’t bad, but the texture of this sandwich is all off.
Italian Margherita Hot Wrap ($5.99)
Italian Margherita Hot Wrap ($5.99)
Tangy canned tomatoes, mozzarella, kalamata olives. A little disappointing; not more than the sum of its parts.