Lunch Break Quiz: Potbelly vs. Taylor Gourmet

How do the two sandwich shops’ offerings compare? Take our quiz.

By: Melissa Romero

When you're looking for a sandwich, Potbelly and Taylor Gourmet are both good options. Potbelly is a national chain with a simple menu and numerous locations; the smaller, local Taylor Gourmet's offerings have attracted the likes of the President and Vice President. 

But where will you find the healthiest salad or vegetarian hoagie? Take our quiz to find out. 

Potbelly

A Wreck Sandwich

Salami, roast beef, turkey, ham, and Swiss cheese on six-inch bread.

Taylor Gourmet

Schuylkill Expressway

Prosciutto, roasted red peppers, and sharp provolone.

Yeesh—four deli meats and no vegetables? It's already 538 calories and 1,745 milligrams of sodium—and that's without any dressings or toppings.
This sandwich at least has one vegetable topping. Roasted red peppers are great sources of vitamin C and iron.

Potbelly

T-K-Y

Turkey breast, melted Swiss cheese, tomato, hot peppers, and mustard.

Taylor Gourmet

Pattison Avenue

Roasted pork, broccoli rabe, and sharp provolone.

Ordering this Skinny sandwich will save you 100 calories and cut carbs and sodium from the deli meat. Add tomatoes to make it a real winner.
This is also an okay option, thanks to the broccoli rabe that contains a wealth of vitamins and minerals. Just swap the pork for turkey next time.

Potbelly

Mediterranean

Hummus, feta cheese, cucumbers, artichoke hearts, and roasted red peppers on multigrain wheat.

Taylor Gourmet

Christian Street

Portobello mushroom, arugula, roasted red peppers, and goat cheese.

It clocks in at a decent 471 calories, with 10 grams of fiber and 23 grams of protein—in an extremely veggie-friendly sandwich.
Registered dietitian Jennifer Reilly says this is the healthiest veggie option on the menu. It only loses to Potbelly's option because it comes with fewer vegetables.

Potbelly

Farmhouse Salad

Lettuce, grilled chicken, hardboiled egg, bacon, blue cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, and Potbelly vinaigrette.

Taylor Gourmet

Reyburn Park

Arugula, pastina, salami, soppressata, capicola, cherry tomatoes, red onions, and sharp provolone.

It may sound hefty, but this salad has a lot of things going for it. To really make it healthy, forgo the bacon and blue cheese and stick with the nonfat vinaigrette instead.
Dietitian Reilly calls this a "high-fat sandwich in a bowl." There's just too much meat to balance out the veggie-to-meat ratio.

Photographs courtesy of Potbelly and Taylor Gourmet and Potbelly's Facebook pages.


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