Last visit: August 2013
Total DFW locations: ~25
Other locations visited: Irving (Las Colinas)
I was beginning to wonder if Potbelly would ever come to Northeast Tarrant. It seemed the chain was avoiding the area like the plague. They've been in DFW for quite some time, and as you can see above, I've been to the Las Colinas location. That was in 2006 when I had an office nearby working for another company. The situation was becoming almost comical. About once a year, I'd go to their website and click on a map for DFW locations. Dots everywhere, except a huge gap of nothingness West and NW of DFW airport. When I was a kid, we had a cat. A cat that disliked my Dad. So every time he would reach from his easy chair to pet it, the cat would take a wide swath around his chair just to avoid him. It seemed Potbelly's was doing that to us.
But they finally made it here. They're in an area of Hurst that is basically being rebuilt around the construction of 183/121 at Precinct Line Rd. Across the highway is In-N-Out Burger that we've written about. The city of Hurst must be laying out the incentives, as many new chains are coming to the area, including an Outback, Pei Wei, and a newly rebuilt Starbucks, amongst others.
Anyway, was it worth the constant tracking for our own store? Yes. Yes, it was. I love their sandwiches. Potbelly started in 1977 in Chicago, but didn't branch out until about 1996. I first heard of them while walking through Midway Airport many years ago. They're sort of a cross between a traditional East Coast sub shop, a Chicago styled grinder house, and Quizno's. The bread is delicious, and they use the conveyor belt setup to heat their sandwiches. And their prices aren't bad for this day and age. I went with the Italian on this visit, and Mrs. RJG had the chicken salad sandwich. They were executed to perfection.
If you've never tried one, and you live nearby, give them a shot. We'll be regulars for certain. Now that they're here, that is...