Potbelly Sandwich Works
Since Al Johns[Austin's finest source for a giant sub on a scratch baked loaf]closed after 34 years of operation I've been at loose ends.
I can't believe it's come to this but after reading the above article I'm thinking about trying Potbelly.
Is it any good?
My lone requirement is amazing bread.I'll sacrifice meat and cheese quality points but I have to have a scratch baked loaf that is blow your doors off good.
How're the buns at Potbelly?
I am truly puzzled by the success of this chain (Jimmy Johns, as well). If you have a semi-decent local sub shop in your area you're way ahead of the game.
I don't get why people love this place so much (or Jimmy John's).It often gets voted best sandwich shop in DC. I think a lot of people enjoy the price more so than the food. The sandwiches are quite cheap. I really think they need to introduce grilled chicken sandwiches. I always get the impression the meats are very processed.
Pretty much only good if you're in school and coming up with quarters to buy dinner or eating them for free at club meetings to avoid the dining hall.
(which is why I guess I don't think it's too, too bad, but wouldn't recommend it to someone who is seriously searching for *the next good sandwich*)
I can honestly say that I'm more drawn to Potbelly for their hand-dipped milkshakes, which I find to be *surprisingly* good. Yes, I have to ask them to make The Thickest Milkshake You've Ever Made (and I make them look me in the eye when I say it), but I've not been disappointed yet. Their chicken salad sandwich is merely okay. It's not expensive, so it's not exactly got a high bar to vault.
The sandwich bread itself? If that's your make-or-break item, keep searching. It's generic, bland, and very mass-produced. Nothing of consequence at all.