Starbucks debuts its new Mercato lunch menu in 100 Chicago stores today, a line aimed at customers who increasingly demand vegetarian-friendly and protein-filled options for a midday meal. If the line is successful, it will be expanded nationwide.
The menu consists of salads, in full or half sizes, sandwiches and also some options that Starbucks customers will already recognize, like Bistro Boxes and fresh yogurt and fruit options. Sara Trilling, Starbucks’ senior vice president of food and innovation, said there may be some existing Bistro Boxes that are phased out in favor of the new options down the road, but the plan overall is to increase selection for customers.
Full salad options, which cost $8 to $9, include za’atar chicken and lemon tahini; green goddess avocado; seared steak and mango; and turkey and fire-roasted corn. Side salads, $5 to $6, will include cauliflower tabbouleh, eggs and grains, greens and shaved Parmesan cheese and roasted carrot and kale. Sandwiches will range from $5 to $8 and include nine options, including a Cuban; a burrata and basil pesto; and an almond butter with strawberries and jam. Availability of the options will vary by store.