Looks like sandwiches are even hotter than burritos.
Aninvasion of fast casual burrito joints
in Kansas City is being followed up by a similar onslaught of sub shops. And with names like Potbelly, Pickleman’s, Pigwich and Which Wich, it can be tough to figure out what sets these eateries apart. Here’s a quick guide that might help.
Customers at this freshly opened shop at 554 Westport Rd. can order food without speaking a word.
As Star reporterJoyce Smith explains in her column
: “As customers enter they will see 10 bins, each filled with sandwich bags for a specific sandwich - from the Wicked to seafood to breakfast sandwiches. They pull the bag of the sandwich they want to order, mark the type of bread, toasted or not, size, and any toppings or extras. Then they hand it to one of the kitchen crew and soon their sandwich is handed back.”
Sandwich choices include everything from plain turkey to huevos rancheros breakfast sandwiches, French dips, grinders and gyros, vegetarian sandwiches made with black bean patties, shrimp po' boys and teriyaki chicken.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop : This Chicago-based chain recently opened its first Kansas City location, at 4725 Broadway on the Country Club Plaza. According to Smith’s column
, Potbelly is expanding to other parts of the metro, starting with Overland Park.
The shop’s menu features toasted subs stacked with Chi-town inspired toppings. There’s a meatball-marinara sandwich, an Italian sandwich piled with Capicola ham, mortadella, pepperoni, salami and provolone, and a tuna salad sandwich topped with melted Swiss. There’s also an under-350-calorie side of the menu that features a three-cheese mushroom melt sandwich on thin-cut bread.
Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe:
Pickleman’s — already popular in college towns Lawrence and Columbia — has started pouring its soups, toasted sandwiches, fresh chopped salads and thin-crust pizza into the Kansas City area. Locations at 7224 W. 135th St. in Overland Park and 5050 Oak St. in Kansas City are already open, and another Pickleman’s is in the works at 7442 Wornall Road in Waldo.
On the menu: Everything from turkey and provolone to loaded Italian club sandwiches and a Buffalo Chicken sub topped with blue cheese and ranch dressing.
This locally owned food truck is parked outside The Local Pig butcher shop, 2618 Guinotte Ave. in the East Bottoms. Cheesesteaks, meatloaf patty melts, falafel sandwiches and burgers made with beef that’s free of hormones, steroids and antibiotics make up the menu.
Pigwich’s burger is one of the best in town, insists Blake Cadwell, an Internet marketer at VML who blogs about his local food discoveries atfindingkansascity.com. Read more about his recommendations in Ink’s spring dining guide.
has also been expanding in the metro area recently. The chain -- which serves everything from cold veggie sandwiches to hot brisket and Cheddar subs -- has locations in Olathe, Overland Park, Shawnee and Kansas City. Another is in the works for Blue Springs.
For more on new restaurants, follow Joyce Smith on Twitter (@joycekc) and check out this roundup of 50 new restaurants
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Enterprise reporter Sarah Gish writes dining and bar guides for Ink magazine. She also writes a monthly cooking story for The Star’s food section and tweets (mostly) about food @sarah_gish.