The Pre-Thanksgiving Sandwich of Your Dreams
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Friends, as a foodie Thanksgiving is what I train for all year. It’s when I bring out my Joey-Thanksgiving-pants-that-are-really-just-maternity-pants and let it all hang out. There is no time for politeness. I’m here for the food. Not just any food, but the most memorable meal I’ll eat all year. It’s a glorious day. It’s when eating a legendary sandwich like the Turducken only available at Potbelly Sandwich Shop is not only acceptable, but encouraged. Which is why during a recent trip south, I had a little case of dont-mind-if-ah-doo. After all, it’s only available for a limited time and it’s the ultimate Thanksgiving sandwich pregame feast.
Potbelly is one of my favorite places to eat to begin with; so when I heard about the Turducken, I knew I needed to get my hands on one. After all, I’m a foodie, but I’m not going to attempt to tackle creating a turducken. I’ll leave that one to the Potbelly professionals. And they didn’t disappoint. The sandwich features a perfect unity of three holiday meats: turkey, duck, and chicken. It’s toasted with cornbread stuffing and topped with cranberry honey sauce to complete the Thanksgiving trifecta and then finished with mayo, lettuce, cheddar cheese, tomato, and Italian seasoning. The sandwich was the most perfect way to satisfy all of my Thanksgiving cravings in one bite. The dark juices from the duck meat deepen the flavor the turkey and chicken. The cornbread stuffing pays homage to Thanksgiving tradition, and the cranberry honey sauce finishes it all off with a hint of sweet acid. Potbelly nails sandwiches in every way and the turducken especially so.
I finished off my Turkducken licking every last drip of sandwich juice from my fingers and then turned my attention to a sign advertising their pumpkin pie shake. Made with a whole slice of pumpkin pie, the sign read. Don’t judge me. It’s Thanksgiving and these Joey pants are for precisely this purpose. I ordered the shake.
I don’t know why I was so shocked when I saw an actual piece of pumpkin pie, crust and all, go into the blender. After all, the sign said as much. But it was a literal actual piece of pie in my shake. Potbelly tops their milkshake straws with shortbread cookies and it’s just genius. A little crunch with the soft and sweet ice cream is perfection. The pumpkin pie milkshake boasted a perfect balance of flavor that wasn’t overly spiced, but beautifully melded together what I would call a liquid version of pumpkin pie a la mode. My Joey pants were satisfied.
Friends, I believe I grew literal heart eyes upon finishing my meal. Potbelly, I thank you.