Category Archives: Sandwiches

Sandwich Fights From The Drag: Potbelly

A distinctive food oasis on the Drag

For the first edition of our Sandwich Fights From the Drag, I had to begin with Potbelly. It is one of the first places I ate at when I came to UT. I first met Potbelly in the DFW area, actually, when I was still trying to figure out where I wanted to go for college. We arrived the day before I was set to tour colleges and it was dinner time. My dad and I were starving as we were figuring out where we wanted to eat. Soon, we came across a small building with the strange name “Potbelly.” I asked my dad about it and he said it was a rather popular sandwich shop some people liked and he knew of some clients that raved about the place. We decided to give it a try.

I'm sorry, I couldn't wait to take a bite

Mmmm! It was yummy! Mostly the sandwiches are fixed (kind of like Quizno’s), but they are made fresh to order with your choice of toppings. I ordered the Wreck on white (the roast beef was calling to me!) and my dad the Italian on wheat. They were both delicious with crunchy toasty bread and warm savory fillings that quickly filled us up. I also think the lettuce and mayo give an added sweetness that is just right with the salty luncheon meats. I have never had their salads, but I am told the Chicken Salad is very good as a salad or on a sandwich.

They're so cute! And tasty!

The cookies ‘n’ cream malt was amazing as well! Very thick with cute butter cookies on the straw. A perfect addition to a yummy drink. It is just the right thickness and is actually drinkable with a straw. I will admit, I’d go to Sonic first for a malt, but Potbelly is a good second! Other desserts include hand-dipped ice cream cones and regular-sized cookies that are also rather tasty. The sugar crystals are big and the cookies are hearty enough for a satisfying, albeit small, dessert. If you like desserts, one cookie may not be enough. 😛

It just looks like a comfy place to sit down and eat

An interesting note is the décor of Potbelly. Potbelly first started out as an antique store that sold sandwiches and soon the sandwiches took over the store! The antique furnishings are a nostalgic callback to the original store’s intent and I feel gives a more comfy feeling with wooden counters and old-fashioned signs hanging around the restaurant. Each restaurant is unique in its decorations and has a general theme, but is individual in tastes. The Austin location has to have Longhorns! I appreciate the warm feeling of the restaurant that invites its diners to rest, relax, and eat well.

When we finally went to visit Austin, we discovered a Potbelly on the Drag as well! Super hungry and in the mood for a sandwich, the sandwich was just as yummy in Austin as it was in Dallas. It was also great to see the unique decorations of the restaurants. There is a small stage in the back for live performances, keeping up Austin’s music tradition. There is lots of seating in the back with cozy booths that are my favorite place to sit.

If you're interested in "how to Potbelly"

The people have always been nice since I’ve been there and are patient in taking your orders for toppings. The price is also pretty great since a sandwich can pretty much fill you up or leave leftovers for less than $5! Awesome for the expensive prices on the Drag these days. You can also order it online and delivery, how fun is that?

Overall, I really enjoy Potbelly and find that, if I have no idea where I want to eat that day, I can always fall back on Potbelly.

Rating: 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 for delicious sandwiches, limited customization, great prices.

Get Peached with Peached Tortilla

The Peached Tortilla 2.0

If you haven’t heard of the Peached Tortilla, you will. It’s one of the hottest new food trailers in Austin and recently made some local fame at SXSW when hosting Rachael Ray’s Greenhouse party.  Its food theme is Asian/Southern fusion and ranges from banh mi sliders to Nutella wontons. Just this month, Peached Tortilla expanded itself to a second location right next to Hole in the Wall, on the corner of the Drag and Dean Keeton. Peached Tortilla 2.0 is smaller than its original counterpart and with a more limited menu selection, but at least it’s tasty trailer food right next to campus for lunch every weekday.

The people are very friendly and nice. The trailer seems hygienic since you can see the food being made and it’s really too small to get very dirty without people noticing. I think that’s something different about a trailer with windows: you can see how clean or not clean the kitchen is. Take-out is nice with the people being thoughtful by wrapping the food in foil and putting it into a paper bag. Definitely kept the food at least warm and not falling all over the bag.

Displayed open-faced so you can see the yummy ingredients before you taste them.

I got the banh mi slider and bbq brisket taco on corn tortilla. The taco was good, but not tasting the peach mint stuff. Sweeter brisket and moist. I liked the crunchy slaw on top of it and overall quite tasty. A good mouthful for $2.50. The banh mi slider was $3. It was on Hawaiian bread and slightly buttered and toasted, which was yummy. Definitely gave a lot of pork belly (also known as thick-sliced bacon) with a creamy sweet and sour sauce and slaw on top of it. Cilantro is prominent and gives an added dimensions that is delicious. I also liked the presentation in that it shows off the amount of ingredients in your food.

As you can see the burrito is reminiscent of the size and look of a Chipotle burrito, but it definitely tastes different on the inside.

There are also burritos for $6 that don’t seem to be sold from the original truck. They are like the slightly smaller cousins of the burrito size of Chipotle and is more of an Asian fusion burrito. Pad thai burrito seems to be quite popular, but there are a number of others like bbq brisket. My friend tried that and he deemed it tasty and filled him up for lunch. Another friend tried the pad thai taco and she found it quite yummy as well. It was sweeter and definitely not the classic pad thai taste, but that’s what made it fun and different.

I think the flavors of Peached Tortilla tend to err on the sweet side, but that may be due to the sauce on the slaw. I feel like it’s pretty yummy though and an interesting place for Asian fusion. I think the sliders are definitely the highlight and what makes the place different from other food trailers. Definitely my recommendation is to at least try the banh mi slider.

The 2.0 menu, photographed for your convenience. 🙂

The servings are just the right size for a snack and even a meal. However, it’s also fun to share with buddies or just try a bunch of different foods at once since the servings are relatively small. There also seems to be a slightly more limited menu compared to the original food truck since there are no fries, wontons, or etc. on the chalkboard menu (though I didn’t ask if there were other choices off-menu). It’s a nice little place right next to campus and a good stop to try something different.

Overall, Peached Tortilla seems like a tasty new place to try some trailer food very close to campus. The people are friendly and nice and the food is pretty good for a fair price. They’ve recently opened so you can grab the food before the line starts getting too long like at Coreano’s (who will be the next review).

Rating: 😛 😛 😛 😛 for tasty Asian/Southern fusion trailer food, limited menu, and friendly people. Go out and experience trailer food in Austin, right next to campus!

Dolce Finale, I Choose You!

Mmm, a smorgasbord of tasty gelato flavors 😛

After a grueling exam, my friend and I decided to relax by enjoying some gelato. I was excited to come as I had seen it in passing on my walks around West campus. Its name is Dolce Finale and it is a new gelato shop that is joining the sweeping trend of cool creations to challenge the yogurt monopoly in Austin.

Dolce Finale is a gelato shop that focuses mainly on creating tasty gelato and a wide variety of flavors. It is vegan friendly, fresh, and can even be dairy free if necessary. It arrived on the scene in June and has since added itself to the list of Bevo Bucks merchants available around the city. The menu is extensive, ranging from the gelato flavors to gelato creations such as smoothies and banana splits. There are even paninis and salads for mealtime.

I want gelato now.

So what is the difference between gelato and its creamier counterparts like ice cream and yogurt? Basically, gelato is more about smooth texture, intense flavor, and more sugar-based. Ice cream is cream-based and tends to be airier. Yogurt, a popular favorite here in Austin, is more of a custard-base and contains special bacteria that can be h ealthy for your gut. You can also find a history of gelato on the Dolce Finale website.

Cute! Gelato cakes!

An impressive variety of gelato flavors are available at Dolce Finale. First, there are the creamy, more milk-based type like chocolate and mocha. However, there are also the fruity flavors like mango and lemon. Much like ice cream specialty stores, Dolce Finale also offers such products as smoothies, banana splits, and even gelato cakes. Everything is also smaller as the pure taste from gelato is much more intense in a small amount in comparison to ice cream. If you have never been to a gelato place, the standard fare is a serving that is smaller than the usual ice cream and yogurt shops. However, the smaller cup emphasizes how the flavors are intense enough that a small serving is equal in taste and sugar rush to any regular size creamier variety. Usually you can get up to two flavors in a serving and for the larger set, you have the option of up to three.

They also have unique chocolates, how can you not want to come try?

Staff was super friendly and loved giving samples! They gave some great recommendations like the blood orange and house favorite, Mama Mia. They were also happy to tell us about Dolce Finale and why it’s such a great place for hanging out.

Fruity on one side, milky on the other

I personally tried Blood Orange and Baccio (chocolate and hazelnut). My friend had her usual favorite of Mama Mia and then Dulce de Leche. I was really taken with both and though they did not blend as well together as I hoped, both were equally yummy. The blood orange was intense and sour, but also quite sweet. I love fruit and that is one of my favorite things about gelato shops is the amount of fruity flavors available. The Baccio was also sinfully delicious. Dark chocolate pieces are scattered in the serving, emphasizing the chocolatey flavor of the gelato as well as the hint of hazelnut that brings out the chocolate flavor. I would definitely be willing to try both again. The flavor, Mama Mia, actually seems to be a house specialty and one of their most popular flavors. It is more of a basic vanilla base with a slightly sour and very sweet overtones. The Dulce de Leche was also yummy, being more akin to a caramel-like flavor that was very sweet, but delicious. All the flavors I tried were quite yummy and the flavors available are rotating.

Open 'til 2am!

The shop is also very inviting. Large windows line the outside and warm lighting livens the rather narrow store. The place is clean and very college-friendly. First, there is an amalgamation of different furniture and “couch seats” that are very inviting for hanging out. Huge flat-screen TVs are on either side and music plays in the background. The furniture is more retro and wi-fi is available. The place is very laptop-friendly with good wi-fi and lots of AC outlets. Open until 2am, this is definitely the place to be to hang out and enjoy being a college student.

Rating: 😛 😛 😛 😛 ½. The place is cute, delicious, and uber-friendly! I have yet to try their other menu choices, but the gelato was definitely tasty and a refreshing change from yogurt. Come try this place out if you haven’t already!