Last week, Brit sandwich and salad emporium Pret a Manger debuted three Chicago-exclusive items: a Chicago Super Club sandwich, a Turkey & Wisconsin Cheddar sandwich and Pret's Chef Salad. What's so "Chicago" about these new lunch options? As far as we can tell, it's because two of the three have bacon and the turkey sandwich's cheese is from our neighbor to the north. So, not much. Doesn't matter. What's more important is how they taste.
Chicago Super Club, $6.99. Calories: 530; fat: 3.5g
Roasted turkey breast, bacon, Niman Ranch applewood-smoked ham, roasted tomatoes, romaine, mayo, black pepper, granary bread
The bacon stays crisp despite being nestled next to the tomato, and the lettuce adds nice texture. A little heavy-handed on the mayo, but overall something we'd get again.
Turkey & Wisconsin Cheddar, $6.99. Calories: 470; fat: 5g
Roasted turkey breast, Wisconsin cheddar, dijon mustard, tomatoes, romaine, mayo, Pret's seasoning, granary bread
That cheddar is super sharp—a good thing—and the mustard/mayo combo adds some zip. A little extra mustard and a little less mayo would have made the sandwich feel less heavy, though.
Pret's Chef Salad, $7.99. Calories: 290; fat: 3.5g
Roasted turkey breast, bacon, avocado, egg, grape tomatoes, mesclun
How is it possible that a salad with egg, avocado and a healthy portion of crisp bacon is this low in calories and fat? Don't think too hard, just enjoy it.