I tend to keep my lunch portions on the small and reasonable side, especially on weekdays. When I am sitting in my office, that is easy enough to do. But if I meet a friend out for lunch, it is always tempting to order and eat more than I need. For this reason, Crumb, with its light/healthy menu, is perfect! It is not a chain delicatessen (isn't that a fun word?), so unless you live in the Cities you will just have to trust me when I say it is a wonderful little place.

My mother-in-law introduced me to Crumb a few years ago and ever since, it has been a favorite lunching place of mine. The menu is fairly simple, but each menu item is delicious! I can say this with certainty because I have tried almost everything on the menu.

Some of my favorite deli sandwiches include the Monterey Turkey, Veggie and Cha Cha Chicken Salad. The hot sandwiches are tasty, too, particularly the Baja and Empire. The Southwest Chicken wrap is delicious. However, my absolute favorite part of the menu involves the salads. They are yummy! All of them. Every single one. House, Greek, Caesar, Garden, Cobb and Southwest. All yummy.

After doing much taste testing within the Crumb walls, I have come to love one particular lunch more than the rest. 95% of the time, I order the Daily Double (1/2 sandwich & cup of soup, 1/2 salad & cup of soup or 1/2 sandwich and 1/2 salad) with the House salad and Tomato Basil soup. The House salad contains mixed greens, diced pears, gorgonzola, dried cherries, candied pecans and balsamic vinaigrette. It is delicious! Mouth watering! And the Tomato Basil soup is perhaps the best I have ever had. Again, delicious! Mouth watering!

They also serve fresh, juicy pears (or apples, but I always go pear), which scores huge points with me. I'm not typically a chip girl, so I appreciate the healthy, juicy, alternative.

I will admit that I have never tried any of the other soups because there is no way I will go there and not order the Tomato Basil.

Oh, and I do have one gripe about the place. The window partition thingy that is meant to shield the food from patrons' germs as they order? It is tooooo high! I realize I'm not a tall person, but even on my tippiest tip-toes, I cannot quite get my words over the glass wall appropriately. "I'D LIKE THE DAILY DOUBLE, PLEASE, WITH A HOUSE SALAD AND TOMATO BASIL!" "You'd like the Garden salad with extra chicken?"

It is totally worth the frustration, though.