Getting Wreck-ed with Martha Stewart, the Potbelly Sandwich Way

Potbelly Sandwich Works
4945 Belt Line Road, Addison

Promised Delivery Time: 30 minutes
Actual Delivery Time: 24 minutes

Scoring Summary:

Making me order eight pounds of food: -20
Not having to shave to get a decent sandwich: 25
Leftovers for a future hangover: 30
Faster than Wile E. Coyote delivery speeds: 20
Hot, crispy sandwich with loads of jalapenos: 25

Total: 80

I think I am the only one living in the City of Ate that's not on a diet.

It has been a big food week, and it doesn't appear to be slowing down. In the past seven days I shared three pizzas (two at Cane Rosso, one at Two Rows), lunch at Urbano, a Jimmy's Italian beef sandwich, dinner at Javiers, a barrel of oysters from a myriad of seafood hangouts, the banh mi special at La Me, King's Noodles zha jiang mein, creole clams from Nates, several cheese boards, three bowls of Rice Krispies, a few blueberry muffins, and my weight in beer and wine.

Sounds suspiciously like a light snack for Mr. Creosote from the Meaning of Life, but this was over an entire week..

Perhaps I should feel a bit foundered by all the frivolous dining, but I actually find myself a wee bit famished. And it's a good thing too since I almost forgot that I needed to share my 'knockers' experience this week. My Blackberry has been reminding me of this fact for the past few days, usually around my lunch time.

Calling a friend to bring me lunch probably doesn't qualify as a proper delivery, so I peruse my menu drawer and run across a sandwich shop I haven't been to in a few years.

Potbelly Sandwich Works makes a no-nonsense sandwich that comes with pretty much anything you like at one low price.You can order a larger version of the sandwich for a buck more. Sounds like my kind of deal. Soup and a sandwich brought lovingly to my door and I do not even have to shave.

I call my nearest Potbelly in Addison and confirm that they do indeed deliver lunch for free if they are not too busy. They do mention, however, that I need a minimum order of $25 to get the free delivery. I could use some friends with this project.

A few friends were excited to help me with the order until I mentioned it was a sandwich thing and not a steak and lobster free-for-all. So I sit alone in this Potbelly plot. I decide to bite the bullet and order a ton of food for myself that I probably will never eat.

The menu is fairly straight forward and offers basic sandwiches, soups and salads. In addition they also have some sides like chips and coleslaw. And a few large cookies. I would probably need a little from each of these food groups to get to my needed $25 minimum.

I order a few turkey and roast beef sandwiches and one called "the wreck" (pretty much everything on one sandwich). I also toss in a bowl of chili, a cookie and the remaining minimum in Stewart's key lime sodas. I have an affinity for anything key lime.

I am promised my large order within 30 minutes and I set the timer.

Martha Stewart is on my morning programming when my doorbell rings. I have a huge crate of food all to myself.

I take out the sandwich called the wreck. Nicely toasted, stuffed with crisp pickle planks, juicy tomatoes, and a plethora of jalapenos. The meat to cheese ratio is perfect. Much better than most any fast food sandwich I have had in a long time. It's no Jimmy's Italian beef, but the DiCarlo's do not deliver last I checked.

The chili is pretty lame, but I am a bastard when it comes to chili. I camped out at Terlingua for a week last year and had some of the best chili mankind has offered up, and anything less than spiritual gets tossed.

My morning getting wreck-ed with Martha turned out fairly well. We will have to do this again sometime.

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Steven Doyle