Taylor Gourmet Turns 5 Today – Get a Hoagie for $5

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From an email:

Taylor Gourmet turns 5 today!


For our 5 year anniversary, we’ve selected 5 new hoagies, that we’ll offer for $5 bucks, for 5 days!!

Today through Sunday – all locations (regular-sized hoagies)!”

Flyer of 5 new hoagies after the jump.


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  • After having to beg for mayo and mustard once even after they lifted the ban, they certainly won’t be seeing me.

    • You’re not their target demographic then.

      • It’s really too bad that their target demographic is “people who like bland, dry sandwiches.” I’ve tried to like them at least a half dozen times, since everybody else seems to, but it’s still like eating a pound of cardboard to me.

        • Exactly. I don’t understand the allure at all. Even the lauded bread was barely a notch above Subway and without condiments the sandwich would have gone down like sandpaper.

          • That’s why you’re supposed to get oil and vinegar on it. Sometimes they don’t put enough on though, I’ll admit.

          • justinbc

            Years ago they were quite good, when there were one or two locations. They are definitely an example of expanding too quickly without maintaining quality control on the brand.

        • Their sandwiches are DC good (which is to say not very good). The 9th St Italian is the only truly decent offering and this is only really okay with mayo added.

          The biggest headscratcher is how people fawn all over their in-house roasted meats. All are uniformly bland and utterly disappointing.

          • Oh, here we go again. Another transplant who’s unhappy about some food group in DC. One week it’s the New Yorkers who can’t get good pizza in town, the next it’s somebody from Philly who can’t get a good cheesesteak, the next its somebody from California saying they can’t get good sushi, the next is someone from Texas saying they can’t get good Tex-Mex. Well you know what, I can’t get good half smokes in NYC, Philly, California, or Texas. So there!

          • DMVist, I totally agree with you on the food thing but I take issue with your “half-smoke” example. I’ve lived in or near DC most of my life and I still can’t quite figure out what a “half-smoke” is and whether a “good” one even exists. I’m sure this will draw plenty of ire but as far as I can tell a “half-smoke” is just a hot dog covered in cheese, chili, and other debris. No surprise that it’s hard to find a good one elsewhere either.

          • I’ve been in DC for more than a decade but I am a transplant from the Midwest– and an area known more of fast food strip malls than food culture. I’m not comparing this to my hometown anything, just comparing it to what can be found in other cities that I have visited.

            It’s pretty hard to argue that most DC food can compare in quality and value to that offered by many other areas. Taylor is just an example of that wider DC failure to offer uniformly high quality food. It pretty much all sucks in comparison. Eating out in the DMV is, in my experience, an exercise in futility. It seems like 80% of the time I eat out I leave feeling unimpressed, overcharged, and rudely treated. I often think that it’s not the restaurant’s fault. DC diners simply aren’t very demanding and are not quick to question escalating prices without an equal escalation in value.

          • “Eating out in the DMV is, in my experience, an exercise in futility.”

            Well, yes. But if you hang around long enough you can get your license renewed.

          • Lol! There have actually been times at the Springfield DMV where I wished someone was selling food because I’d been there for 4 hours and was starving. I think they’d make a killing.

        • The target demographic is people from Philadelphia and the surrounding area (which is really a lot of people here). In other words, Italian-Americans or people who grew up around a lot of them. People that love oil and vinegar and aren’t crazy about other condiments.

          • That’s some pretty backwards logic. I’d imagine the target “demographic” for tacos was the native people of Mexico at first, but soon cries for sour cream, flour tortillas and lettuce drowned out the initial praises of it’s cilantro and raw onion incarnation in America.

          • Hey, if someone wants to reinvent the hoagie more power to them. Maybe it would fuse well with a banh mi or something. But Taylor Gourmet was trying to bring a familiar food item to people who were missing it in DC, not mess with it. Although I’d argue that their mission has changed now, and for the worse.

          • jason,
            thats..uh.. forward logic, no?
            you offer something thats “authentic”. people hate authentic so you americanize it to offend fewer people.
            then people complain that they can’t get authentic stuff…..

        • So true. I just don’t get the appeal to this place. Their steak sandwich shop on H street is just the same…weak, bland sandwiches. When I want a real Italian sandwich, I go to Bub and Pop’s (if Im not actually in Philly)

    • Why ruin prosciutto by adding mayo? Maybe turkey i guess…

      And by beg, do you mean request it at the counter, or do they actually make you get down on your knees?

      • Beg meaning.. being looked at incredulously when I mention that the sub cut the roof of my mouth because it was so dry and then them insisting that mayo and mustard would cheapen the “experience”.

        • That’s very pretentious, I’ll admit. But I wonder if you’re the sort of person that would order a cappuccino with dinner in Italy…

  • I’ve found that people who are not from Philly or South Jersey generally don’t like hoagies (especially those from Virginia or further south who are firmly in the pro-mayo camp). A proper one should have a chewy roll, and flavorful contrasting fillings like sharp provolone and sweet red peppers, and should be topped with tangy vinegar and good olive oil. You really can’t compare it to Subway, which is pillowy soft with mild flavors, because it’s such a different product. Taylor’s attempt at a hoagie is hit or miss, and lately seems to be more of a miss. Still, for those of us who grew up in hoagie country it’s one of the closest things we have.

  • Is it just me or is this deal not all that great? Given that you can get a large sandwich for less than $10 on a normal day, and that the larges are twice the size of the regulars, this seems to only be useful for people who want half a sandwich and don’t have any friends or coworkers to split a large with. Except that if you split a sandwich with me I’ll give you more than 5 choices of which one to get.

    I guess there are a few people in that group but still, am I missing something here?

    • The target is probably people who had never been there before. Spending $5 is a much lower risk than spending $10 and possibly winding up with half a sandwich you don’t want to eat. I’d never been before today, but this deal lured me in–and now that I’ve learned how good & filling it is, I’ll get the $10 large on days when the cost savings of Subway just isn’t worth it.

  • I’m sorry, I personally think Taylor has the worst sandwiches in DC. I thought when they decided to “allow” us to request mayo and stopped using that brick hard bread it would help, but that would be a not. Just bad tasting dry something or the other, can’t really tell what it is or taste like sandwiches. Haven’t eaten there in about 7 months and will not again. High priced bad sandwiches aren’t my thing.

  • i don’t understand how a hoagie with oil and vinegar can be dry. are people complaining about that not getting oil and vinegar?

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