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Apr 10, 2012 09:56 AM

Pret a Manger coming to Back Bay

I developed a crush on Pret a Manger during my travels to London and have always been jealous that they are all over Manhattan but none here in Boston.

Well Devra First disclosed a couple of days ago that one is coming to us soon ...

And the Globe has an article today that says that they are coming to the old Border's site on Boylston and Clarendon. SCORE!

I can't wait.

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  1. We got all excited when we saw our first Pret in NYC, after also falling in love with them in London, but the menu isn't nearly the same.

    The food is excellent, and the service was good in NYC, so we still prefer it to it's competition, but it's not quite London.

    Now, get me Chop't in Boston and I'll be in heaven.

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    1. re: L2k

      No crayfish and rocket sammies, I know .... but still a great addition to the lunch options around here.

      Wasnt there a rumor that Chop't was coming up here?

    2. Funny, I just had a Pret sandwich for lunch today in NYC (classic tomato and cheddar). Looking forward to having locations by both of my offices.

      1. I loved Pret in London, very much look forward to it coming to Boston!

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        1. re: Boston_Otter

          I am so excited to hreat that Pret is coming to Boston! I have only eaten in London. Glad to know the NYC is good.

        2. Can Pret fans educate me? The one time I had a sandwich there in London, I don't recall it being all that. I used to like the small mom and pop shops there for such sandwiches (shrimp salad, curry chicken, etc). Also, I really liked to vanishing English breakfast stand (eggs, beans sausage spam and spam) but these have probably all become Pret a Mangers. What am I missing?

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          1. re: gourmaniac

            My only experience with them was this past year at Heathrow. Actually a refreshing change of pace compared to other airport options, with *very* fresh pre-packaged sandwiches featuring locally sourced very high quality ingredients. Also extremely fresh and ripe fruit salads and other salady things. The food is chemical-free and handmade. Much healthier options than at other places, and they donate all daily unsold items to local charities feeding the hungry, which I think is great.

            1. re: gourmaniac

              I would agree that with the many high-quality sandwich options in Boston, Pret is going to be nothing remotely special. Buying pre-prepared sandwiches for lunch is very common in Britain and Pret have simply finessed the product -- and made it more expensive of course.

              Ultimately the quality is still secondary to the main goal, to be able to pick up something pre-prepared and get away quickly. Hence these places are ideal in train stations, airports and around busy workplaces, but are not exactly exponents of the highest sandwich art.

              1. re: chickendhansak

                OK... I see the train station/airport idea. The enthusiasm reminded me of when Wagamamma came to town, which i still haven't tried. I rather have one of those Bento box stands in the japanese train stations, or a wurst, pretzel and beer stand as in Germany.

            2. Pret will be head and shoulders above the other take-away sandwich options in Copley in both quality and price. Except for the former Croissant du Jour now renamed in park Sq. building.

              They may be prepacked but they are really fresh and tasty. They do salads and soups, breakfast, etc.

              Anyone know if they sell the cheddar and pickle sandwich in the US?

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                1. re: gourmaniac

                  I think Bacco's sammies are too spendy and there's only 3 or 4 types; usually only one I would eat. If it's still there.

                  OT: that new sushi place isn't bad ...