Plaudits: Washington City Paper's Young and Hungry's 2009 Top 50
Neighborhood: One on K Street/Mt. Vernon Square, one in H Street NE, one in Bethesda
In the neighborhood to do some Christmas shopping, I headed a little out of my way to hit up much talked about sandwich shop Taylor Gourmet, at the K Street location.
The decor of Taylor Gourmet is decidedly industrial. The interior space is like a renovated warehouse with modified industrial junk serving as furniture: ceiling lights contained within plastic buckets and steel drums, brushed steel stools and chairs, a garage door window which presumably opens in the summer time. Wood paneling is everywhere, except the linoleum floors. It's definitely cool, but not necessarily romantic.
Aside from the sandwiches and salads, Taylor Gourmet offers a Boylan soda fountain, and has craft wine and beer for sale. Cool.
On this occasion, needing something to grab-and-go, I picked up a 9th Street Italian on the suggestion by the lady behind the counter, who noted it was the most popular sandwich. We start with the sub roll from the "legendary Sarcone's Bakery in Philadelphia;" on the one hand, the roll was good, on the other, they ran out of bread right after I got there. To fill out the hoagie, there was genoa salami, capicola, prosciutto, and sharp provolone, with the regular lettuce, tomato, and onion.
Grow up within shooting distance of real delis and real subs/heros/hoagies, as I did in New Jersey, and you'll understand my affection for them. But each bite was devastatingly appetizing, and a welcome recall to growing up by the Shore.
Wonderful subs, fresh ingredients, amazing prices (a 12" for $9).
Food Rating: *** 1/2 (out of 5)
Date Rating: 3 Hearts (out of 5)
Dress Code: Casual
Bar Rating: N/A
Cost: $ (out of 5) ($75-$100 for two)