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Potbelly's Secret Sandwich Menu Exposed — Thank Us Later

Thrillist shares the 11 off-menu sandwich creations expand the meat-and-cheese combo possibilities. Who's gonna try the Elvis (peanut butter, bacon and bananas)?

Behind the counter at Potbelly, there's a secret menu of sandwiches and desserts available only to those who know what to ask for. And now, if you're inclined to dine "off the menu," you'll be one who knows.

Sean Cooley, who covers the Chicago restaurant and bar beat over at Thrillist, laid out the entire secret menu in all its meaty, cheesy glory. There are 11 sandwiches and four desserts.

Here are the sandwiches:

  • Lucky 7: It's a Potbelly Wreck on top of an Italian sub — "nearly every topping on the menu."
  • Wrecking Ball: It's a Wreck (ham, turkey, roast beef, and salami) with meatballs, Swiss cheese, mayo, lettuce and tomato.
  • Fireball: "A little meatballs here, a little cheddar there, a little chili also here," writes Cooley, "a little hot peppers also there, then throw in the name of our favorite villain from The Running Man, and boom, you've got the Fireball."
  • Cheeseburger: Meatballs, cheddar, mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato and pickles.
  • Sicilian: An Italian with meatballs, mushrooms, marinara, Provolone, hot peppers.
  • Black and Bleu: Roast beef, bleu cheese, lettuce, and tomato.
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu: grilled chicken, ham, and Swiss,
  • Barnyard: "If all you think about when reading Animal Farm is eating all the animals, the Barnyard is for you (a Wreck plus Nueske’s bacon, meatballs, mayo, lettuce, and tomato)," says Cooley.
  • Elvis: Peanut butter, Nueske’s bacon, and bananas ... packed "much like Elvis's stomach."
  • The Clubby: Turkey, ham, bacon and ranch dressing.
  • Toasty Turkey BLT: As its name implies.

The list hit the web earlier this week and downtown Chicago Potbelly shops saw a surge in people asking for the secret sandwiches.

A Potbelly official told DNAInfo.com the secret menu has been around for 36 years, since the Chicago-based company's founding, so it's not really much of a secret. Some of the items merely moved off the main menu, and others were created by store employees and customers.

"It's been around ever since Potbelly started," marketing manager Dan Yates said. "We have a lot of very loyal customers who come in every day and want to try new things."

Oh, but what about the desserts? Head over to Thrillist for a recounting of the four off-menu desserts and photos of every delectable sandwich and treat. (Thanks, Sean.)

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Potbelly, which has 319 stores in 21 states, became a publicly traded company in 2013. Stores have suffered a dip in business during this winter's extreme cold and snow, but company officials told Crain's Chicago Business that they intend to open a new regional hub somewhere in the country this year.

FaceOnMars February 19, 2014 at 12:48 PM
Dennis: I realize this, and it is what it is, but didn't realize comments were also reflected under various Patch community sites. Rather, I thought a comment made under HP (for instance) was only visible under HP. Regardless, I don't believe it's an ideal situation re: Google Panda ... by a long stretch. Do some reading on Panda and you can see for yourself.
Dennis Robaugh February 19, 2014 at 02:05 PM
Some stories can be shared, and the comment threads are shared. Some can be copied, and those comment threads are not shared. Some can be shared within small regions (within Lake County or the North Shore or the Chicago Southland). How an article is posted reflects a choice about the circle of users who might interact with each other. On some topics, a wider circle makes sense. And others, a very small circle makes more sense.
Fernando February 19, 2014 at 08:57 PM
Article is good-you both are mind numbing!
Joki2 February 20, 2014 at 08:02 AM
Not a secret anymore!!!!!!
Citizen Sane March 21, 2014 at 07:53 AM
I choose to thank you right now. Bam.

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