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Potbelly’s Underground Secret Menu of Secret Sandwiches

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Potbelly’s is a Chicago favorite.  Not only have they mastered the “S” items (sandwiches, salads, soups, shakes), but they also have an underground menu.  Here is a list of some of the secret sandwiches.

Cheeseburger – A meatball sandwich with ketchup in place of the marinara.  Add mustard, cheese, and pickles.


The Fireball – A meatball sandwich with chili on top.

Potbelly Fireball


Wrecking ball – A combination of both the meatball sandwich and the wreck sandwich.
Wrecking Ball


Lucky 7 (Seven Wonders) – A combination of both the Italian sandwich and the wreck sandwich.
Lucky 7


The Sicilian – A combination of both the Meatball sandwich and the Italian sandwich.


Barnyard – The Wreck plus bacon and meatballs.


B.L.T. – 9 Pieces of bacon with lettuce and tomato.


Chicken Italiano – Grilled chicken plus pepperoni, marinara sauce and provolone cheese. (Currently only available in Cincinnati)
Chicken Italiano


Chicken Cordon Bleu *(My own creation, not officially on the underground menu…yet) – Grilled chicken plus ham,  provolone, and marinara sauce.  If you want the Spicy version add hot peppers.  It’s my go to sandwich.

Chicken Cordon Bleu



Previous menu items that moved to the Underground Menu

The Clubby – Consists of ham, turkey, bacon, provolone cheese and ranch dressing.

The Vegetarian – Mushrooms, Swiss, Provolone and melted Cheddar cheese with your choice of toppings on toasted regular or multigrain wheat bread.



Potbelly’s does have nutrition info on some of these underground sandwiches. here ->

Check your favorite Potbelly’s and see if they participate in the underground menu.  Here is a copy of the list, minus the clubby and the vegetarian. Potbelly Underground Menu


Winter in Chicago = DIBS ( Chicago Dibs Explained )

Winter in Chicago = SNOW

SNOW = People need to shovel out parking spaces.

DIBS =  “I put in the effort to shovel out this parking spot, it’s mine now! See how I reserve it with crappy furniture. Muhahahah”
Chicago Dibs
There is a strange phenomenon in Chicago during the winter which brings us back to our days as a child.  When there is a big(or decent size) snow, residents will shovel out parking spaces and then call “dibs,” which as an unspoken rule entitles them to this parking spot for the next couple of days or until the big snow melts, whichever comes first.

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The most important part of the tradition is the reserving of the shoveled parking spots by blocking it with old furniture, garbage cans, brooms, or other misc trash and trinkets.  To an outsider it look as though the neighborhood has gone to heck, but to the local residents we see a lawn chair with a wood plank and say, “hey nice job shoveling that spot.”


The calling of Dibs is acceptable for the first few days of a big snow, but if the snow starts to melt or it’s been a week, the dibs is voided and the dibser then simply becomes a jerk.  Shoveling a spot and getting it for a day or two is ok, but trying to take advantage of the situation and claim a private spot is not cool.

Check the Chicago Dibs site for more fun photos and info on the wonderful tradition.