donlan has had cause to visit Man’s Greatest Hospital, and wanted a better lunch option than the hospital’s own cafeteria (which, like everything else at MGH, is head and shoulders above its peers).
donlan likes Whole Foods Market and stopped in to the Charles River Plaza location recently. While the vast majority of the store is given over to typical grocery purchases (including an excellent fish counter, meat counter, and deli), donlan will focus on the prepared foods.
The store always has two cold food bars, one full of traditional vegetables for salads and one of composed salads. There are also three (one large, two small) hot food stations each with a variety of selections. A soup station is nearby with 8-10 offerings (even at odd hours, catering to the hospital crowd where some people eat lunch at 8 a.m.). There’s a sushi counter, a pizza counter, and a huge cold prepared food counter.
At the very end of the prepared food counter (nearest the deli), there are prepared sandwiches and donlan has had cause to sample a few selections, most recently, the roast beef sandwich. Between slices of flat bread you can find well done roast beef, cheese, lettuce, and tomato. The sandwich is quite large, and donlan divides it in half. The cheerful counter staff will pop the sandwich into the pizza oven to warm it (donlan found while this is excellent, taking the sandwich home and heating it in the toaster oven for 20 minutes at 400F is even better).
The sandwich itself is very tasty, and donlan adds a cup of tomato soup, dipping the sandwich into the soup.
The Whole Foods location is clearly set up for large amounts of small purchases, as they have a corral of 20 or so basket-sized registers, so if you’re coming in to grab lunch, you can be out in a flash.
The only minus is the on-site eating location (it’s not very nice, although the cars on the adjacent plaza can often hold donlan’s interest). Still, lunch for $15 for a sandwich, soup, and a couple of drinks: that’s not bad!
donlan will return.