Friday, June 10, 2011

There’s a Pret here, and a Pret there, and a Pret everywhere!

Pret A Manger is an ever expanding lunch chain that seems to be on EVERY corner in downtown Washington, D.C. (If you haven’t seen it yet, you live under a rock… that or in the burbs). This lunch chain may be a year or so new to the city, but before it came to the U.S. it was everywhere in London. Now, they are successfully doing the same thing here.

As an avid Pret fan, I don’t mind this expansion so much.  The only thing really frustrating to me is that their selection varies by store. This can be a good thing if you always want to try something new! But when you have only a few minutes off of work and can’t find that same chicken and avocado sandwich you just can’t live without, travelling to four different Prets at lunch time is INCREDIBLY FRUSTRATING (yes, I’m stubborn and have done this on multiple occasions). Please keep my go-to sandwich in stock!

Pret can be DELICIOUS when you order the right thing. Here is what I like best on the menu:

Chicken Avocado: Malted Wholegrain Bread + Chicken Breast + Pret Yoghurt Dressing + Avocado + Whole-Leaf Basil + Salad Leaves (my absolute fave)

British Asparagus & Roasted Peppers on Artisan: Artisan Baguette + Grilled British Asparagus + Soft Cheese + Roasted Red Peppers + Basil Leaves + Seasoning

Pret's Classic Tomato Soup: Tomatoes
+ Onion + White Wine + Olive Oil + Cream + Organic Vegetable Bouillon + Oregano + Parsley + Thyme  (You have to get there early because they are always sold out)

Here is what I would NOT suggest:
Swedish Meatball Hot Wrap: Pret Tortilla Wrap + Pork Meatballs + Melted Greve Cheese + Chilli Tomato Sauce + Red Onions
Italian Pizza Hot Wrap: Pret Tortilla Wrap + Italian Cheese + Mozzarella + Chilli Tomato Sauce + Olives + Roasted Tomatoes + Oregano + Red Pepper + Crispy Onions + Seasoning (Too heavy for lunch)
Pret's Egg Salad & Arugula: Classic Egg Salad + Arugula + Pret's Seasoning + Pret's Granary (I am biased, I don’t like egg salad)

I have also noticed that the London and American menus are slightly different, no doubt because of produce supply, but also because of the British taste. For example, you would be hard pressed to find an American addicted to the mayo, pickle and cheese sandwich on white bread. Instead,  the U.S. Pret serves the “Italian Pizza Hot Wrap.” Hah.

But I do appreciate what Pret does in their food preparation and also charity work. Pret bakes all of their bread fresh. The company also donates its food to homeless and hunger charities on a regular basis -- in London they donate all left-over food to the homeless on a daily basis (maybe U.S. laws prevent this from happening here too).
Last but not least, I have also written this post as a request... no a plea... no an I'M DOWN ON MY HANDS AND KNEES BEGGING for someone in the inventory department at Pret to please bring the SKINNY TOPCORN that they sell in the U.K. stores, to the U.S.! Metcalfe’s Skinny Topcorn is so freakin good that I used to horde bags of it in my London apartment. It is super low in calories and is flavored with drizzled chocolate, wasabi, or sea salt, just to name a few varieties. PLEASE LISTEN TO AN AMERICAN FOODIE and bring the Skinny Topcorn to all U.S. Pret shops.

It would no doubt enhance our Pret experience.

We would love it. Americans would love it. I would love it.

Now I want it... Stomach grumbling...


  1. I miss skinny topcorn! It is an exam must. College campuses: take note!

  2. I know! It would be so popular here too. :-)

  3. Oh that flavoured popcorn sounds like a real treat! I'd love to try it some day! Mmmm...

  4. It's been 4 days since your last post and i'm getting withdrawal symptoms. How about something for your fans in the UK? We love you over here!

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