Gallery: 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.
Pret's Egg Salad & Arugula ($4.99)
Pret's Egg Salad & Arugula ($4.99)
Creamy but not pasty. You can still see a lot of the egg white chunks, salted and peppered. We'd totally eat this on a picnic with a bag of potato chips.
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.
Shrimp and Salmon Sushi ($7.99)
Shrimp and Salmon Sushi ($7.99)
Not at all bad, as far as simple, pre-packed sushi goes. And we love the cute soy sauce squirters.
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.
Chicken and Mozzarella Baguette ($3.49)
Chicken and Mozzarella Baguette ($3.49)
The tomatoes are more pink than red, “and look more like potatoes than tomatoes,” said Ed. So this sandwich isn’t off to a great start. Then you have the mozzarella: rubbery and flavorless. The chicken is actually the best part, moist with good-sized slices, but not extraordinary enough to save the sandwich.
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 Salad ($5.99)
Tuna Salad ($5.99)
Tastes like Mom made. Not fancy or life-changing, but totally a respectable tuna sandwich. Celery adds nice crunch.
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.
Roasted Turkey Baguette ($3.49)
Roasted Turkey Baguette ($3.49)
Hard to find the turkey under all that creamy pesto and mayo. The combo tastes more like Caesar dressing than fresh, herby pesto. The roasted tomatoes are meatier than the actual turkey. Basically a Caesar salad thrown into bread.
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.
Pret's Classic Cheddar & Tomato ($5.99)
Pret's Classic Cheddar & Tomato ($5.99)
The greens were a little wilted, and the tomato’s not in season yet, but the cheddar has good, robust flavor.
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 & Bacon ($3.59)
Chicken & Bacon ($3.59)
There's decent chicken and a decent amount of it; though the bacon is wimpy and floppy, the flavor is smoky and meaty. It's another sandwich made worse by tomato.
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.
Red, White & Greens ($5.99)
Red, White & Greens ($5.99)
The “white” represents the mozzarella, but most of the flavor is from the other white: Pret’s Mediterranean dressing. A creamy caprese between bread? Hard to do tomatoes during non-tomato season, as with many of the others.
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.