Sometimes, maybe it’s better just not to know.
I’m in D.C. this week, visiting friends and doing some job looking. Of course, that means that I’m also in proximity to one of my all-time favorite sandwich shops: Potbelly’s.
I fell in love with them back when I was in college, where the sandwich chain enjoyed something of a cult following partly due to the fact they were founded in nearby Chicago. Their shop in Evanston was high on the list of favorites- cheap, filling and generally good for a hangover. The turkey sandwich always did it for me- served on a homemade wheat roll, topped with provolone cheese and sent through an oven so it got all melty and crispy. To this day, I have a hard time ordering anything else. And don’t even get me started on the chocolate chip oatmeal cookies or hand-dipped milk shakes…
Of course, there is no Potbelly’s in Boston, which makes it a big treat when I’m near one, which is the case this week. But somehow, I’d always regarded turkey and provolone on whole wheat as something healthy- kind of an un-guilty pleasure. That is, until today when I decided to look up their nutritional information. That “healthy” turkey sandwich? Try 646 calories and 27 grams of fat. I would have eaten less had I gone to McDonald’s for a 6-piece chicken nugget and a small fry (510 calories and 29 grams of fat). The fact that I now know one of those oatmeal cookies has 450 calories may preclude me from ever ordering another.
Yes, I know I’m being ridiculous. I know that I could save calories by foregoing mayonnaise and cheese and that overall, I’m probably getting more nutrients and fiber in my sandwich than I would out of a McMeal… but I can’t help but be thankful that Potbelly’s is a rare treat and not an everyday temptation.