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One of these sandwich places is opening here -- any better than Subway?

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  1. In the sense that a sharp stick poking you in the forehead is better than one poking you in your eye, yes.

      1. re: tzurriz

        I'll have to give the shakes a try next time. Lots of upscale burger places seem to be peddling them now, but they tend to charge a lot for way too much shake.

      2. It is a toasted sub chain, much better, not in the same category as Subway. The bread is crisp and airy, not lifeless and chewy like many other sub store breads. One big plus of Potbelly is their free hot giardineria; this stuff is legitmately great and I can't remember tasting better at any place, chain or otherwise. Maybe it's not impressive for those from cities with a high level of sandwich culture like Philly or Chicago, but very good to me.

        1. their Italian w/out mayo and a bit of oil and vinegar is about as close as you're gonna get to a muffaletta in the fast food world. and the tuna salad wit some provolone melted ain't bad. would I send anyone out of their way to go? nah. but if it's convenient it's a good option.

          1. turkey and Roast beef are same quality as Subway, if you consider those things turkey and roast beef, that is. They use real mayo which is a big plus in my book. I absolutely adore their oatmeal chocolate chip cookes. If nothing else is around, I could eat their tuna or chicken salad sammich, but I'm really going because of those cookies. Get a cookie when you go. Better yet, ask them to make you an ice cream sammich with TWO of those cookies. I've never actually ordered one of those for fear I might never eat anything else for the rest of my life. Get a cookie.

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            1. re: gordeaux

              I just had a roast beef from Potbelly the other day and the meat is definitely much better grade than Subway. There is no comparison. Top quality. I get mine with mayo, gardinera and the pickle, oil and Italian dressing. The bread is crispy but not chewy. A much better sandwich than I can get at our local deli.

              1. re: LikestoEatout

                Beware the bait and switch. Several years ago, Potbelly (in my area) all used real turkey and roast beef. Now, they all used processed jello meat loaf garbage instead of turkey and roast beef. I used to really enjoy their roast beef sammich. I used to go so often that my order would pre-empt their question. "Everything, no mustard, no spices, and yes.." (This would always make the sandwich person laugh, because even if you say "everything" they still ask if you really want the giardiniera.) Now, I stick to tuna and chicken salad. Fake jello meat is a deal breaker. If they didn't use real mayo for the tuna and chicken, I would never have reason to step foot in there again. Well, maybe for one of those cookies once in a while. I can't say strongly enough that those cookies are fantastic, imo.

                1. re: gordeaux

                  Yeah...those oatmeal cookies are really good. And I'm a baker...a total snob when it comes to baked goods at those kinds of places. But you know what is even better? Their dream bars. Those are sooooo good. Oatmeal and choc and caramel, and maybe some toasted coconut? I'm not really sure what all is in them but they are wonderful. I don't go to Potbelly too often because I'm not a huge sandwich person but those bars are a must have once in a while. They have decent salads too.