Potbelly - Reston
Subs and shakes with a side of live music.
Reviewed By Emily Brown
Comments () | Published October 11, 2007
Potbelly - Reston
Address: 12150 Sunset Hills Road, Reston, VA 20190
Phone: 571-203-0750
Neighborhood: Reston/Herndon
Cuisines: Italian, American, Deli/Quick Bites
Opening Hours: Open Sunday through Thursday 11 to 9, Friday and Saturday 11 to 10.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Not Needed
The food: Milkshakes, malteds, and submarine sandwiches—hot or cold—are the staples of this Chicago-based chain. Popular sandwiches include the Italian (a mix of capicola ham, mortadella, pepperoni, salami, and provolone) and the Wreck (a pileup of roast beef, turkey, salami, ham, and Swiss cheese). Choose from optional toppings that go beyond lettuce and tomato—including fiery peppers, pickles, and Italian seasoning. Made-to-order salads, a recent addition to the menu, are largely dressed up with sandwich meats and fillings (chopped salami, chicken salad) along with bleu cheese, dried cranberries, and artichoke hearts.

The scene: Potbelly got its start in the late 1970s as a sandwich counter set in an antiques shop. Although the chain is now national, its roots are evident in the aged mirrors, period light fixtures, and artfully scuffed woodwork. Is that a live acoustic guitarist? Could be. A loftlike stage above the door often features local artists strumming for the lunch crowd.

What’s nearby: This location of Potbelly is across the street from a Target. The Reston Town Center—with shops, restaurants, a movie theater, and a winter ice-skating rink—is accessible from the nearby Town Center Parkway.  
 
Insider tip: Feeding a group of six or more? Customize a Box o’ Sandwiches to include a sandwich, chips, and a cookie for less than $6 a person.
Subscribe to Washingtonian
Posted at 12:00 AM/ET, 10/11/2007 RSS | Print | Permalink | Washingtonian.com Restaurant Reviews