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Feb 19, 2014 07:42 AM

Potbelly=happiness in Terminal C!

In need of coffee and nourishment before a morning flight out to SF. Instead of the usual airport choices, I noticed that Potbelly offers steel cut oatmeal. What a delightful departure...perfectly cooked, not gummy, topped with banana and walnut halves. To top it off, actually excellent coffee to boot. Happy girl boarding plane...

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  1. As far as sandwich centered chains go, Potbelly is just about the best these days. Their cookies (oatmeal chocolate chip specifically) are also very good.

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    1. re: Gordough

      Love oatmeal chocolate chip (so much better than raisins!) cookies so I tried one at Potbelly's this afternoon - not my cup of tea - would prefer crispy to squishy, it needed more salt, the chocolate could use an upgrade, and cinnamon does not work in it IMHO. Still in search of a commercial version to love....

    2. I used to hit Potbelly's in Chicago and DC (Reston, VA) when I travelled for work, and loved it. Solid, consistent sandwiches. I've been to both the Terminal C and Burlington locations since both opened, and was pleasantly surprised that the consistency is still there. I like the Wreck and Pizza (meatball, pepperoni, and capicola w/ pizza sauce) sandwiches best, both with their giardiniera on top.

      1. I go to NYC maybe once a month. Almost always via train.

        On Monday I went to the new Eli Zabar prepared food place on the UES to get a sandwich for the ride home. Much difft than the selection at the actual Zabars but I bought a 8$ turkey on sourdough.

        My partner drove me to Penn and noticed that we could park right in front of a Potbelly's so that I could get a reserve sandwich in case the EZ sucked.

        How I wish we did!!!!

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        1. re: C. Hamster

          Eli is of the same family but has nothing to do with Zabars.

          1. re: StriperGuy

            I know that.

            He's the son and the east side guy whose stores mimic the original.

            1. re: C. Hamster

              Hmmm, I think the vibe/product mix/whole sheban of the Eli Zabar stores is totally different than the Mother Ship.

              The Large Zabar's is a huge food emporium with everything from their own coffee roasting to an entire floor of cookware.

              Eli Zabar's are gourmet boutiques with an emphasis on grab and go stuff and prepared foods. Not much in common in my opinion. e.g. I don't think you can get a sandwhich at all at the larger Zabars.

              1. re: StriperGuy

                You can absolutely get sandwiches at the mother ship. I do it all the time. They are across from the smoked fish case. Also next door in the café.

                Eli's Manhattan is a weird, confusing place but it's a lot like the first floor of the mother ship, even with coffee roasting!! They do have more prepared foods, though.

                The new Fairway will probably eat them for lunch at least in the grocery dept.

                I've only been to Eli's Manhattan and the new grab and go spot on 87th and Lex.

                1. re: C. Hamster

                  Who knew Eli's even roasted coffee... I stand corrected.

        2. Good to know! The Starbucks "steel cut oatmeal" the one time I was foolish enough to order it was a grave disappointment- flakes into which boiling water was added.

          1. Are you guys fuckin serious? This place is barely a step above Subway. The one in DTX especially.

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            1. re: Beachowolfe

              I never said it was L'Espalier....just a decent bowl of oatmeal and a cup of coffee.

              1. re: Science Chick

                Sorry, wasn't commenting on the breakfast.

                My buddies in Chicago hyped this place up so much, it was a huge let down the first time I went into one in CT or NY. Gave them a second, maybe third? try. Godawful.

                1. re: Science Chick

                  Which when traveling in the morning can be blessing. As long as you liked it science chick, that's all that matters. Thanks for the info

                2. re: Beachowolfe

                  Sure Potbelly is just a sandwich shop chain but barely a step above Subway? That's pretty laughable. Everything from the meat to the veggies, cheese and bread is of much higher quality than Subway. I am shocked that anyone who has tried both could think otherwise. To me, that's like saying that something like a UBurger/Tasty Burger is barely a step above McDonalds. Or Chipotle barely a step above Taco Bell. At the end of the day they are all chains but some are unquestionably significantly better than others.

                  1. re: Gordough

                    Honestly I prefer taco bell to chipotle. Sure the latter uses better ingredients but their stuff is horrible and bland and at least the former has flavor.

                    My point here being it can't be that large of a step from taco bell to chipotle if it isn't universally viewed as better. And if that's what you're using as an example of the step from subway to potbelly (which I've never been to, so can't comment) then it isn't saying much.

                    1. re: jgg13

                      I hardly ever go to either but I agree.

                      I'd eat at Taco Bell before Chipotle. chipotles food is horribly bland and boring.

                      1. re: C. Hamster

                        Me three on Taco Bell. I HATE chipotle's insipid food.

                    2. re: Gordough

                      So what sandwich chains do you think are between Subway and Potbelly? I'd probably put in on par with or below a a place like Jimmy Johns.

                      1. re: Beachowolfe

                        In between Subway and Potbelly? I would say Quiznos. I worked at a Quiznos when I was in college in the midwest in the early 90s. They suck now and I have no idea what their food policies are now but back then I used to get into work 2 hours before they opened and I would personally slice all of the meats and veggies for the day. It's been awhile, but back then, Quiznos was unquestionably better than Subway.

                        1. re: Gordough

                          Better than Quiznos? Laughable. They're the same fuckin thing! I'm done arguing about how close it is to Subway, you can have the "full step up" from Subway rating.

                          Their sandwiches still blow and are a waste of money and calories.

                          1. re: Beachowolfe

                            That's like your opinion, man. Sounds like you are intent on trashing sandwich chains and pretending hounds (let alone several who have posted in this thread) having nothing positive at all to say at bout Potbelly. Carry on then....

                    3. re: Beachowolfe

                      They heat their sandwiches and let's face it. Warm bread is always good.