I ordered the same meal from Subway and Potbelly Sandwich Shop, and one sandwich was larger with way more sauce

Subway and potbelly turkey sandwiches
I tried turkey sandwiches from Subway and Potbelly Sandwich Shop. Erin McDowell; Birch Photographer/Shutterstock; Alexander Oganezov/Shutterstock
  • In honor of National Sandwich Day, I ordered the same sandwich from two chains and compared them.
  • I ordered a turkey sandwich with the same toppings from Subway and Potbelly Sandwich Shop.
  • The Subway sandwich was larger and had more sauce, but Potbelly’s bread seemed to be higher quality.

From Subway, I ordered a turkey sandwich with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, mustard, mayo, and oil, as well as a bottled soda and a bag of chips to complete the meal.
Subway turkey sandwich chips and drink
My meal from Subway. Erin McDowell/Insider
The foot-long sandwich came to $US10.49 ($AU14). When combined with the other items, my total meal came to $US14.47 ($AU19), not including taxes and fees. 

I decided to compare the sandwiches alone, since I wasn’t able to order the same drink or chips from both chains.

I ordered my sandwich on multigrain bread.
Subway turkey sandwich
The turkey sandwich from Subway. Erin McDowell/Insider
I thought the sandwich was a good size for the price.
It looked promising – I could see the mustard and mayonnaise spilling from the side of the sandwich.
Subway turkey sandwich
The turkey sandwich from Subway. Erin McDowell/Insider
The six-inch sub would have been more than enough to satisfy me for lunch, but I was happy the sandwich was large enough to split with a friend or for me to save the other half for later.
Inside the sandwich, the layers of meat, cheese, and toppings were laid out methodically.
Subway turkey sandwich
The turkey sandwich from Subway. Erin McDowell/Insider
It definitely looked like a lot of care went into crafting the sandwich to ensure that each bite contained all of the ingredients.
Overall, I was impressed by the turkey sandwich from Subway and liked the ratio of all the ingredients.
Subway turkey sandwich
The turkey sandwich from Subway. Erin McDowell/Insider
As I predicted, I could taste every part of the sandwich in each bite. The ingredients, especially the lettuce, tasted fresh, though I thought the tomato slices could have been a tad thicker. There was a lot of sauce slathered on the sandwich, which I liked, and the mustard really added a lot of flavor. 

However, I thought the bread felt on the lighter side and didn’t have a lot of flavor to it.

I ordered the same exact sandwich from Potbelly Sandwich Shop, plus chips and a drink.
Potbelly turkey sandwich chips and drink
My meal from Potbelly Sandwich Shop. Erin McDowell/Insider
Surprisingly, the sandwich also came to $US10.49 ($AU14) — the exact same price as the same sandwich from Subway.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop also offers a chips and drink combo deal for $US4.59 ($AU6), making the entire meal $US15.08 ($AU20), which ended up being slightly more expensive than the Subway meal.

Despite being the same price, the turkey sandwich from Potbelly was smaller than the one from Subway.
Subway and potbelly turkey sandwiches
The turkey sandwiches from Subway (left) and Potbelly Sandwich Shop (right). Erin McDowell/Insider
The two sandwiches couldn’t have looked more different from the outside. Whereas the Subway sandwich (pictured left) came on flat-looking multigrain bread, the bread Potbelly used was crusty and looked to be of a higher quality.
I couldn’t see sauce spilling from the sides of the Potbelly sandwich, but I could see large slices of onion and tomato.
Potbelly turkey sandwich
The sandwich from Potbelly Sandwich Shop. Erin McDowell/Insider
I was excited to see how the actual taste of the sandwiches would compare.
The inside of the Potbelly sandwich definitely looked a lot less organized than the one from Subway.
Potbelly turkey sandwich
The sandwich from Potbelly Sandwich Shop. Erin McDowell/Insider
The ingredients were laid out less methodically, and I worried if each bite would include all the ingredients at once.
Though the sandwich was smaller, I thought the Potbelly turkey sandwich was slightly more dense and each bite more filling due to the thick, crusty bread.
Potbelly turkey sandwich
The sandwich from Potbelly Sandwich Shop. Erin McDowell/Insider
There was also a generous serving of lettuce, onions, and tomato that really helped make the sandwich a stand-out. However, I thought it was a little light on the sauce — I couldn’t really taste the mayonnaise or mustard.
Overall, I was impressed by both the Subway and Potbelly Sandwich Shop turkey sandwiches.
Subway and potbelly turkey sandwiches
A side by side of the turkey sandwiches from Subway and Potbelly Sandwich Shop. Erin McDowell/Insider
However, if I was only going to order one again, I would probably stick with Subway. The sandwich delivered on price, size, and flavor — and I loved how they weren’t afraid to hold back on the sauces.