The Post Potbelly Scene
Friend: Guess what, Potbelly opened in Dubai Mall!
Me: Blank stare on my face.
Friend: Potbelly, Potbelly…. POTBELLY… from Chicago.
Me: Ok, calm down, I haven’t heard of it, what is it?
Friend: It’s a sandwich concept…
Me: (Cutting in) Not interested… This guy at work orders Subway EVERYDAY and I can’t stand the sight of sandwiches any more.
Friend: Subway sandwiches are here (putting her hand next to the floor) and Potbelly sandwiches are all the way there (pointing to the ceiling).
Me: How can I resist an oh-so appetizing name like Potbelly – I’ll do it.
The Potbelly Scene
Walking up to the counter, super excited for my sandwiches, I grab the menu and start reading it from left to right (No idea why). I read soups, shakes and salads… huh, this is blasphemy I exclaim, where are my sandwiches?! Look on the other side my friend responds. Oh, sorry I got overly excited for a second – I get that way when I’m hungry.
We take our order of a wreck, chicken salad sandwich, pizza sandwich and tuna salad sandwich all on multigrain bread. The bread is cut, run through a toasting oven and ready for the fillings. Scooting over down the counter we are asked what toppings we want. I respond by everything but tomatoes and lettuce.
I think the only use for lettuce in this world is to eat tabouleh and nothing more; its place in sandwiches should be banned for eternity. As for tomatoes they just make things soggy. And no mayo only mustard.
We slide into our booths and wait for our 4 sandwiches, each to be halved, so we can both have a taste.
We start with the Wreck, the restaurants most famous sandwich. Beef salami, roast beef, turkey breast, smoked turkey and Swiss cheese. I take a bite and think what a wreck, but in a good way, action packed and so unlike Subway. I think to myself – it is so to the ceiling.
With my second bite I crunch into a hell of a jalapeño. I knew I ordered them in my sandwich but DAYM their hot. As my lips start to catch fire I spend the rest of the meal with my cool Perrier bottle pressed against my lips between bites.
Tuna Salad Sandwich
Tuna salad mix and Swiss cheese. I feel bad that the tuna salad sandwich followed the Wreck. It’s like an opening act following the main attraction. They may be great on their own but a very minor nose dive from the excitement of the Wreck.
The Pizza Sandwich
Mushrooms, pepperoni, provolone cheese and marinara sauce. There is something about a marinara sauce that equates warm, cozy comfort food to my tummy – and I absolutely love it. Carbs + marinara sauce – come on how can you resist and it surprisingly really does taste like a pizza. It’s like taking a classic pizza rolling it up into a log, turning it round and going at it. Mark this one down as my favorite.
Note: By this time we are both on our second bottles of Perrier – and lips are still burning.
Chicken Salad Sandwich
Chicken salad mix and provolone cheese. I’m really, really not a fan of chicken in a sandwich unless it’s a shawerma. Other than that it just doesn’t sit well with me, and after taking a bite of my sandwich my mind is still made up – it’s a no go for me.
I would categorize Potbelly as a restaurant I would go to if I was in Dubai Mall and in the mood of a sandwich. Though this may be a tad bit occasional, if it was the case, I would know EXACTLY where to go and that would be Potbelly. I would order the Wreck and the pizza sub as a given and two other experimental ones. Remember, easy on the jalapeños.