Kelly the Culinarian: Food find: Potbelly's

Monday, November 19, 2007

Food find: Potbelly's

Today was a fabulous day in the Capitol. I went out to the Pentagon for a tour, which was pretty interesting. It's the world's largest office building and was constructed in something like 16 months to respond to the pressures of World War II. There's everything in the Pentagon -- Post office, commissary, barber, florist, chapel ... and Taco Bell! How is it the Pentagon can have a Taco Bell but the rest of DC cannot, praytell?
I'll never get called Taco Kel again at this rate ...

Anyhow, in addition to our lovely tour, we also had class tonight. Dr. Conrad Crane, the author of the The U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual came to lecture about the manual and progress in Iraq. It was an interesting presentation about counterinsurgency methods, but no need to bore you with the details.

Because we were in class for something like 13 hours today between the tour, regular classes and this presentation, we got treated to dinner. This time was pizza, last time was Potbelly's. I've already written about the pizza, so let's chat about Potbelly's tonight. It's a sandwich chain that's privately owned with headquarters in Chicago. All their subs are toasted and offered with hot peppers, which I always decline. In this photo, I got a ham and turkey combo with all the veggies.

In addition to delicious sandwiches made fresh on tasty hoagie rolls, they make fabulous cookies. For quite some time my office has been debating which lunch establishment has the best cookies. We tried Au bon Pain, Cosi, Starbucks, Mrs. Fields and Subway, to name a few. Potbelly's wins out because of their texture. They only offer up oatmeal chocolate chip cookie -- they do one and they do it right. The oatmeal creates a nice textures with the right amount of chocolate chips so as to not overwhelm. They're also made fresh daily.

So grab some Potbelly's next time you're out. The sandwiches are a little on the small side, but quite delicious and satisfying when paired with a cookie.

15 comments:

Christy said...

You must be a HUGE fan of Taco Bell to be called Taco Kel:D:D

ling239 said...

Heard so much of Taco Bell but have yet to try... *sigh
your portion looks very healthy with lots of veggie ~ ^_^

daphne said...

what a good looking roll! hahha, i wonder if their cookies are as good as subway? ;p

tigerfish said...

Too bad the Potbelly sandwiches were small in size...the name would have given me the impression of a "fat" sandwich! :O

I like your new template.

Erin said...

Potbelly's is the best! I love the skinny turkey on wheat!

oreneta said...

I've been to Taco Bell once...I am not sure why it got the nod as the fast food place of choice...nice blg, thanks for dropping by at mine. That sandwich looks good though/

Butters and Johnnycakes said...

We have a Potbelly's here in Baltimore next to the downtown courthouse. I have gone a couple of times when I had jury duty and don't remember being crazy about it. Your post has inspired me to give it a another chance. Thanks!

Lorelei said...

It's difficult to find a good oatmeal chocolate chip cookie. Most places make oatmeal RAISIN cookies. Ew! Who wants fruit in their cookies? Not me. Give me chocolate or give me death.

Beth said...

Oh man...that looks sooo good. and a cookie too? HELLO! sign me up for Potbelly's!!

Andrea said...

Mmmm. I should NOT come to read your blog when I'm STARVING! I'm drooling all over my keyboard now!

Now I can't put lunch off any longer...

doggybloggy said...

never heard of potbellys but I do like the mrs fields choco chip nacadamia cookie

doggybloggy said...

whoops that is macadamia...but I am sure you knew that....LOL

Nic (KHKL) said...

Yupe, saw a documentary before on Taco Bell in the Pentagon...pretty cool! I always thought the portions at Taco Bell were small.

katiez said...

A cookie quest! I like it!
I also like Potbelly's - I ate at one for the first time last trip back to the U.S.! (Good Cookies)

zewt said...

wow... you've been to the pentagon? that's quite cool. i tot it's some top secret place? must have been all the movies i have been watching :)

we dont have potbelly here in malaysia... so we have to make do with sandwich from subway and starbucks, and they aint that great.