This Chicago-based restaurant offers a healty alternative to fast food.. In Short First opened in 1989, Pockets was founded on the idea of making fresh, healthy lunches for people on the go. Custom sandwiches start with hot pocket bread stuffed with vegetables, meat and your choice of salad dressing. Favorites include the original pocket with lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, carrots, mushrooms and mozzarella (add turkey for a dollar more), the tuna pocket, Southwest pocket and more. Made-to-order salads are available, plus stuffed baked potatoes and calzones.