My friends and I have been anticipating the opening of this Potbelly for quite some time now. One of my friends passed by it last Tuesday after hours and saw a sign out front that said “We’ll open on Tuesday,” which was slightly ambiguous. Needless to say, we were disappointed when we tried going last Wednesday only to find out that by “Tuesday” they meant yesterday. Anyway, it’s open now, so that point is moot.

This Potbelly’s proximity to the University of Maryland Medical Center makes it a great lunch time spot. My friends and I went for it’s opening yesterday. Around 1pm the line was out the door, but the staff worked like a well-oiled machine to get everyone’s orders in and out quickly. You can also phone-in an order or order online ahead of time, which is great if you’re picking up a lot of sandwiches.

I ordered the original-sized Italian sandwich. For $4.50, you really can’t beat it. I also got a mocha-oreo shake. Let me just say, yum. The shakes are just the right size. I left very satisfied. I’ve actually never been to a Potbelly’s before, but I’m definitely a fan. I can see myself coming here for lunch quite often.

Look at the line!

My mocha-oreo milkshake with mini oreos on top. how cute!

Italian sandwich on multi-grain bread

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A few weeks ago (can you tell I’m playing catch up on this blog?), a new burger place in Harbor East opened up called Elevation Burger. This burger chain takes pride in using organic free range, grass-fed beef and fresh-cut fries cooked in olive oil. They really play up being an environmentally-friendly burger joint too. It’s posted all over the walls of the restaurant, and even on their soda cups.

There are both regular burgers and two varieties of veggie burgers to choose from. You can even get a “half the guilt” burger which comes with one veggie and one meat patty, as opposed to their “Elevation” burger which is two meat patties.

The inside is really brightly lit and inviting. The staff are all really friendly. (Although it could just be because they just opened–give it a few weeks/months). The general manager stopped by our table to make sure everything was alright, and was really open to our suggestions. I mentioned that the burger buns weren’t toasted and were even a little cold, and he was really apologetic about it.

I had the cheeseburger and fries. The patty itself was nothing to write home about. I didn’t think it tasted any better than a non free-range grass fed cow. They also only cook their patties well-done; I guess to eliminate any concern over serving undercooked meat. If I were to pit Elevation Burger head to head with Five Guys, I would say the burger at Five Guys wins, but Elevation Burger dominates in the fries category. And I can eat a burger and fries at Elevation without going into a food coma like at Five Guys.

Elevation does have shakes though. Choose between chocolate, vanilla, and coffee, and you can choose up to two things to mix in. I got vanilla with oreo cookies and strawberry. Super thick and super yummy.

If I was in Harbor East and craving a burger, I’d go back to Elevation, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to go there. Although it’s nice that it’s another inexpensive food option in an area that is kind of overwhelmed with pricey restaurants.

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