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Apr 23, 2007 01:50 PM

Potbelly Sandwich Works

Potbelly Sandwich Works will be opening at The Shops at Arbor Walk, MAYBE (oh please, please, please) we'll actually have an affordable NOT BLAND place to eat in the area?

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  1. I ate at Potbelly for the first time recently while in Dallas, not realizing that it was a chain (and being in somewhat of a hurry). It's definitely better than Subway, but I didn't think it was anything special. Bland is actually a word I might use to describe it. I'd much rather eat at the once great Delaware Subs or the currently great but far away from you Hog Island Deli.

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    1. re: Brian Lindauer

      They are a huge chain here in the Chicago area. Heads and shoulders above Subway IMHO. Get The Wreck! Great chicken soup too.

      1. re: Brian Lindauer

        Like Brian, I love Hog Island. Ken W and other 'hounds also make a good case for the sandwiches at Little Deli on Woodrow ( ). Both delis are locally owned.

      2. Not entirely related, but does anyone know what's up with the Sandwich Shop place opposite Billy's on Burnet which has looked like it's just about to open ... for several months now?

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        1. re: TAF

          I was wondering the same thing. I was at Billy's the other day. Looks like they still have their permit papers taped to the windows. Something must be up. Its costing them a lot of money not to open. I'm sure the rent alone is pretty steep.

          1. re: austx03

            Yeah, I'm with y'all. I was very excited to see the "opening soon" sign in the window but that's been at least three months now, maybe more...

            1. re: amysuehere

              Yeah, it's kinda turned into the running joke with the crowd that I go to Billy's with. It's be great if they finally opened and they were good though since it's near my office.

              1. re: Willisinaustin

                It looks like the Sandwich Joint - for that is now its name, grandly displayed in large type - may soon be opening. All the papers save one appear to be gone, and they have coated the windows and door with some weird semi-mirrored film, which certainly doesn't motivate me to go in there. This was the view from the deck of Billy's yesterday - I was too engrossed in my shaggy jerk wings to bother to cross the road and see what was written on the notice stuck to the door.

                1. re: TAF

                  mmmmmm......shaggy's jerk wings.......

        2. If you can't find a good privately owned sandwich shop, Potbelly is a good alternative. MUCH better than Subway, where every sandwich tastes identically like every other sandwich, i.e., like nothing.

          The Potbellys in DC offer decent breakfast sandwiches as well, which is particularly good since there are so few sitdown breakfast spots worth going to downtown.

          1. Back to Potbelly's - apparently a location is also opening on the Drag ... 2316 Guadalupe. Read this in an austin360 blog.

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            1. re: TAF

              I saw them working on it just the other day. It's going in at the old Cadeau location (very close to Pita Pit, Which Wich and Austin's Pizza....a little sandwich overload if you ask me). It looks like it will be a while before they open as the site wasn't previously a restaurant. They didn't have walls/sheet rock up when I passed and looked to be addressing pipes/plumbing issues. My guess it will open in the doldrums of summer on the drag.

              1. re: ashes

                A couple doors down from WhichWich? That doesn't seem like a brilliant location on the Drag considering nothing has really lasted on that block besides Chipotle and Metro.

            2. Is Potbelly SW like Jersey Mike's? Just checked the website and it looks similar. I have ordered from Jersey Mike's for several events and they've done a good job.