My dad's been down in SoCal for the past few weeks working on the house so I thought I'd go home and and surprise my mom. A few days before, one of my childhood friends checked into Potbelly Sandwich Shop on Facebook. What?! There's a Potbelly now in Oregon?! I was all over that.
A few years ago when I was in Washington, D.C. and stumbled upon a Potbelly, I literally jumped for joy. Mmm. A Wreck with extra peppers. One of the things I missed about living in Chicago and in which I indulged in regularly the summer I lived in Madison, Wisconsin. It's pretty funny to see the Yelp page littered with Midwest transplants all waxing nostalgic too.
But first, there was pie. Mmm. Pie.
After oldest and second-oldest nephews and oldest nephew's best friend picked me up from the airport, we immediately headed to Random Order Coffeehouse and Bakery for pie. From top left, pecan bourbon, Oregon cherry, pear chocolate, apple blackberry, and the BEST banana cream pie EVER in the middle. Everyone agreed. Oldest nephew's friend was in town for the holidays and joined us and she too agreed. Second-youngest nephew joined us later and he agreed. And ordered a slice of peach pie.
While pie was good and all, I mentioned craving Potbelly ever since finding out it opened in Oregon. Only open a few months actually. Then everyone wanted Potbelly too! Oldest nephew called the shop and found out it was open, but closing early because business was really slow on the New Year. So he placed a pick-up order, we finished our pie, ordered a few more to-go, and made our way over.
Potbelly is on the southeast corner of Pioneer Courthouse Square, an easy to find location if you can find parking and don't get turned around by all the one ways downtown. Seeing the jars of pickled peppers makes me so happy.
I split half of two sandwiches with second-oldest nephew. A Wreck features salami, roast beef, turkey, ham, and Swiss cheese. There's a choice of white or wheat bun. I always get everything with extra peppers.
The Italian features capicola, mortadella, pepperoni, salami, and provolone cheese.
Toasted too, of course.
Oldest nephew asked for the peppers on the side, but I prefer them inside the sandwich, even if it does get a bit soggy. Sooo good. We had to ask for extra to-go because all of us are chileheads.
Thanks oldest nephew for the pie and Potbelly. My tummy was sooo happy. What a great start to the year.
On the way back to the car, I made them all take pictures with me.
Happy New Year from me and the nephews!
When they dropped me off, I called my mom before ringing the doorbell.
"What are you doing, mom?"
"Oh, same thing," she says. That means watching Korean dramas dubbed into Vietnamese on her ipad. "Hold on. Someone's at the door."
"Who would ring the doorbell at this hour?" :)
All Oregon posts can be found with the tag Series: Oregon, but I suggest reading this particular trip in this order:
Potbelly Sandwich Shop (SW 6th Ave.) - Portland - Oregon
Potbelly Sandwich Shop (Various locations)
802 SW 6th Ave.
Portland, OR 97204
Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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