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As your typical college students, we tend to thrive off of cheap, easily accessible food. Sandwiches in particular are the easiest (and probably the healthiest) options out there for on-the-go, budgeting college students. With that in mind, Potbelly, a shop KNOWN for their sandwiches is upgrading their menu to include three new sandwiches you just have to try. I, along with my best friend Ally are avid Potbelly goers so along with a description of each new sandwich, a rating from Ally and I will be given. 

1. Avo Turkey

This sandwich includes hand-sliced turkey, Swiss cheese, fresh-sliced avocado, and cucumbers. It’s a great choice for anyone looking for a refreshing bite to eat. Especially with fall right around the corner, this sub should definitely be on your “to try” list. Ally absolutely LOVES turkey so right off the bat, she knew she would love it. I on the other hand am not the biggest fan but after trying, we’d both give it a solid 8/10.    

2. Chicken Club

With all-natural grilled chicken, applewood smoked bacon, and cheddar cheese, this sandwich offers its eaters a variety of tastes. This one is also my personal favorite of the new sandwiches. The grilled chicken AND bacon rolled into one makes my mouth water just thinking about it! I LOVE grilled chicken so I knew this one was going to be a win for me. Ally was also on the same page as me and we both agreed it was a 10/10.  

3. Steakhouse Beef

Finally, this sandwich includes Angus roast beef, crumbled blue cheese, provolone and horseradish aioli. This one is definitely out there for me but a few friends of mine absolutely LOVE it! The blue cheese on this sandwich is not typically something that I love but I will most likely at some point try it. This one was not my cup of tea at all so Ally was the only one to try it and once she did she mentioned that the flavors could be better. She gave it an overall 5/10. 

Along with these new sandwiches, Potbelly has also improved the recipe of three of their pre-existing sandwiches: Mama’s Meatball, the Veggie Melt and the Mediterranean. They’ve also updated their sizing options for eaters to enjoy sandwiches no matter how big their appetites are. 

I personally loved going to Potbelly as a freshman and sophomore in college when I was getting sick and tired of dining hall food. Now, as a senior, Potbelly is the first place I recommend to my friends. 

To celebrate the new menu, Potbelly is offering all Potbelly Perks members a reward for a free original sandwich when they purchase an original or BIG during the month of September 2021. So make sure you run to the local Potbelly before the end of the month! 

All these changes and new sandwich options can be found at most Potbelly locations, including the one in Bloomington-Normal! The shop itself is located on Main Street right next to Noodles and Company and is open every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. With that being said, get your sandwich game on!

Sarah Baran

Illinois State '22

Hi!! My name is Sarah and I'm a senior at Illinois State. I am currently majoring in Journalism with a minor in Criminal Justice! I love HerCampus because it gives me the opportunity to write whatever I want. I've never really had this chance before so it's really amazing to get to experience. If you want to see more about my life, follow me on Twitter and Instagram! @sarahs524
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