A few years ago, Quiznos was all the rage, and then it was the $5 footlong at Subway. Â Now my friends, we have Potbelly. Â Potbelly is a Chicago-sandwich chain, that specializes in the art of a warm, toasted sandwich.
When you walk in, you have your choice of some pre-selected sandwiches on a menu, or you can create your own. Typically, I go with the roast beef and provolone, or the Italian. Â You then choose if you want white or wheat bread. Â Your sandwich is then toasted, and you can then choose additional toppings like lettuce, tomato, pickles, hot peppers, onions, mustard, mayo, oil, and Italian seasoning.
What I love about Potbelly is it is a seamless ordering system. Â Someone has a computer where they take your order, and once it comes time to put the toppings on, you have a designated person to help put the toppings on your order – so you aren’t chasing someone down like you are at Subway. My only complaint is the hot peppers. Â They have a ton of stuff that is marinated with the hot peppers, and sometimes the last thing I was is carrots or cauliflower on my sandwich.
As far as price, a sandwich typically goes around $5.50. Â I often get a bag of chips – they have some great kettle-cooked chips and they are bigger bags for the same price as a regular bag – so my whole order is about $7.19.
If you are looking for a new lunch spot, check out Potbelly! There are several locations around the city. The location on 17th and 5th always has live acoustic music, which is a nice added touch while you are waiting in line for lunch.The Basics Name: Potbelly Location: Multiple Who to Bring: Co-workers, Alone Price: $ Less than $10 Overall: In my lunch rotation. 4 stars.