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ISO a Schlotzky's-style sandwich

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I realize that it's not quite as "distinguished" as most of the places on this board, but I have a special place in my heart for the sandwiches (especially turkey) they used to serve at Schlotzky's Deli in Van Ness (or any location, to be fair), and I am very sad that they closed. Now that the nearest Schlotzky's is in Richmond, I was hoping someone might be able to point me in the direction of a good substitute.

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  1. Have you tried a Potbelly? There's a bunch of them around here

    http://www.potbelly.com and plug in your zip code to see if there's one nearby.

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    1. re: MikeR

      Potbelly is a decent sandwich, but not much like Schlotzky's. Difference is the bread, which is tough to duplicate.

    2. Let's just flip over all the cards, and tell us what a Schlotsky's-style sandwich would be like. What makes it different than other sandwiches?

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      1. re: Steve

        Yeah - I've had one but it's been 10 years. Don't know what to compare it to.

        1. re: Steve

          LOTS of very savory turkey on airy bread, similar to a sesame bun, that's firm but isn't really crunchy, more chewy but not hard.

          1. re: littlew1ng

            I wasn't trying to be coy. The sandwich qualities are really hard to describe any better than the others have. The bread is really the key, and the turkey was clearly basted in a seasoned broth for some time. I've never had a sandwich quite like it, and so it's hard to compare to anything else.

        2. Jimmy Johns is a national chain that tends to have locations in college towns. Sandwiches are great with fresh ingredients on bread cooked on site. Love the tuna salad on 7 grain. it is a great sandwich at a very reasonable price. I know there is one in downtown college park

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          1. re: dining with doc

            Schlotzky's is an amazing , amazing samich. Super delicious. I hail from Texas, which is where they started (I think). I was also super bummed when the one in town went out of business. No, I haven't found anything comparable. Some decent sandwiches in town, but nothing like it. Whenever I travel somewhere that has Schlotzky's, I always make a trip. Sorry to disappoint, but I've had the same experience in missing such a great sandwich shop.

          2. I remember the Schlotzky's in Van Ness, but never had the turkey. I tried the muffaletta once and thought it was alright. As for a good turkey sandwich on seeded bread, I suggest Taylor Gourmet. They roast their own turkey and use seeded Sarcones rolls; not quite the same bread as Schlotzky's, but does have a lot of crunch, and is far superior to any of the chain sandwiches available in the area. And I'm a fan of Potbelly.

            Taylor Gourmet
            1116 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

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            1. re: monkeyrotica

              I second Taylor Gourmet. It's different than Schlotzky's, but a delicious sandwich with fantastic bread. The new-ish roast pork shoulder with broccoli raab is to die for.

              Taylor Gourmet
              1116 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

            2. When ever I'm on the road, I always look up the nearest Schlotzky's. I well worth the effort.