Potbelly's Box O' Sandwiches
Ordering all the sandwiches was easy. I just placed an order online, and thirty minutes later I picked up this box with all of them ready to go.
Ingredients: Turkey Breast with Swiss Cheese
This may be basic and straightforward, but it's oddly appealing. Instead of slimy cold cuts, the turkey is fresh and flavorful. All the elements work well, and it's probably best not to go overboard with extras, though some hot peppers should be required.
Ingredients: Smoked Ham and Swiss Cheese
True to the advertising, this is surprisingly smoky and sweet, resulting in another solid choice. The super thin slices stand out admirably, though mustard and pickles are good additions.
Ingredients: Salami, Roast Beef, Turkey, Ham, and Swiss Cheese
This is the classic Potbelly sandwich, and it's easy to see why. This has so much going on, but never feels busy or awkward. I especially like how the salami adds a nice salty bite. Oh, and hot peppers are absolutely essential.
Ingredients: Hummus, Feta, Artichoke Hearts, Cucumber, and Roasted Red Peppers
Totally decent for a vegetable sandwich. The artichoke hearts are watery, but add an interesting briny characteristic. This also happens to be the only sandwich where giardiniera doesn't work at all.
Ingredients: Grilled Chicken Breast with Cheddar Cheese
Oddly reminiscent of a chicken soft taco from Taco Bell, but not necessarily in a bad way. There is no spice, but the chicken is juicy and salty. The cheese makes for a rather comforting bite. Giardiniera is an obvious choice, but I suppose packets of "Fire Sauce" would be more "authentic."
Ingredients: 100% Albacore with Swiss Cheese
Not bad. It's a little salty, and there is a definite fishy aroma from the tuna, but I can see why people order this. Pickles are a good addition.
Ingredients: Thin Sliced Angus Beef and Provolone Cheese
I had higher hopes for this one, but the meat isn't beefy enough, tasting oddly bland. Perhaps it's just missing seasoning. Still, this needs a lot of condiments (mustard, pickles, mayo) to taste right.
Ingredients: Pepperoni, Marinara Sauce, Provolone Cheese, Mushrooms, and Italian Seasoning
This features the same sweet sauce as with the meatball. Fortunately the salty pepperoni helps a little to balance things out. I appreciate that it's not too cheesy or messy.
Ingredients: Meatballs with Marinara Sauce and Provolone Cheese
Wow, the sauce is very sweet, which is unfortunate because there needs to be more of it to make up for the fact that the meatballs are dry and bland. Hot peppers help a ton here, but it still disappointing.
Ingredients: Capicola, Mortadella, Pepperoni, Salami, and Provolone Cheese
Unlike the Wreck, the combination of pepperoni, capicola, mortadella, and salami makes for an overly salty bite. Some might find this flavorful, but it's almost too much to take. This is particularly unfortunate if you compare this to well proportioned Italian subs around Chicago, like Bari and J.P. Graziano's.
Ingredients: Mushrooms, Swiss, Provolone, and Cheddar Cheese
Kind of a disaster. The mushrooms are virtually flavorless, and none of the three cheeses can save the sandwich.
Ingredients: Chicken Salad with Provolone Cheese
Though coated with mayonnaise, the chicken is dry and mushy. Adding more mayonnaise does nothing to save this one.