How about some poetry with your submarine sandwich? Would you like to listen to a young man, playing an acoustic guitar, while you eat the chips that are served with it? If a “hip and happening” type of restaurant, sounds like something you’d like, you might want to stop by Potbelly Sandwich Works in Fairfax, Virginia. Located in the Old Town District, and next to a free parking garage, its a cozy type of restaurant, that is a tremendous value. It might be a dollar more than your local Subway or Quiznos, but its worth paying four quarters more for quality. That’s what Potbelly offers, along with music, and even a collection of books to read while dining here.
I was a bit late to the game, when this location opened up. It had been in business for over half a year before I stepped into it, and I regret having waited so long. Perhaps I thought since I’m a bit older than the college students who congregate here, that I’d be out of place. Or maybe it was because of my fear of the “beatniks” that hang out at coffee stores. Either way, when I finally discovered how good the subs were here, I was hooked like that Bass I’m always out fishing for. They don’t have a large variety, but what they have is among the best in the fast food industry.
The subs are toasted here, and my favorite is The Turkey. That sounds almost pedestrian, and a bit boring, but its got a spice that will kick the traditional turkey down the bowling alley lane. Sure enough, it has the bird on the bread, but its got a spread of melted cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and hot peppers that will make you sweat. In a word I’d say its “fantastic.” I just love this sub, and the quality of the bread, is much better than anyone else seems to have these days. Its a fairly thick sub, and you can get either the small one or the large for between $5-$7. I’d recommend spending an extra $1, and getting one of the Orange Crush sodas that they sell, that are actually in the old fashioned glass bottles.
You can also get The Works, which is a club sandwich type of meal, with all kinds of meats and spices. A strange but tasty offering is the Pizza Sub. It is what it sounds like, as its pizza ingredients melted on to either white or wheat bread. Its a delicious choice for those of us who are into pizza, although it did give me a bit of heartburn. I never thought I’d be writing or repeating this, but they have a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sub. It sounds outlandish, but I am absolutely in love with it, and its actually even better when toasted. One could say its “vegetarian friendly”, and appeals to the kid that all of us still have somewhere around.
The service is fast and efficient. You wait in line, tell the employee what you want, and they’ll have it to you in under three minutes if not too busy. You can get a whole bunch of chips, and cookies to fill you up more, but their subs alone will keep you satisfied until dinnertime. The chairs aren’t anything fancy, but they are comfortable, and I’ve found this restaurant to be a fine place to read. This is due to the musician’s and poets who perform here, and while the volume can be unsettling, eventually you do get used to it. This restaurant is located at 3955 Chain Bridge Road Fairfax, VA 22030, and I fully recommend it for a cheap, quick lunch or dinner.