Taylor Gourmet Launches Fall Menu

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Check out the full menu here: TG-Fall-Menu(PDF)

Ed. Note: I am aware that not everyone likes Taylor Gourmet. But there are many others who do like them. Alas there is good news – you are under no obligation to eat there! Apologies for not making that clear last time. Having said all that – I do enjoy the debates over the quality of the bread.

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  • northeazy

    I’m sorry, who “doesn’t like” Taylor? Like, OK, we can certainly quibble if they are the best sandwiches in DC (I personally think all things considered (price, locations, ease of getting) they are, but OK, I’m sure there is some sandwich shop in the basement of an abandoned building in an alley next to a converted row house that Lincoln used to live in that is better, but you get my point.) I would really love to hear why Taylor is BAD. Seriously. Sure, not all of their sandwiches are great and I am sure a couple of their combos were misses, but no one is DC is pushing out as many high quality nicely prepared sandwiches as Taylor. Again, they may not be the best, but no one can say they are not good. SMH.

    • I don’t care for them at all. The bread cuts up the roof of my mouth. In addition, the Ben Franklin is surprisingly dry considering it has marinara. So, no, they aren’t good.
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      SUNdeVICH and Straw, Stick and Brick are far superior to Taylor, IMHO.

    • My issue with Taylor is they put way too much salt on their sandwiches. Every time I get a sandwich for lunch from the 17th and Penn location it’s completely overseasoned and just tastes like salt. Agreed that Sundevich is the best DC sandwich place. I wish they would relaunch their food truck!

    • Their Italian sub is good, and I love the arancini, but everything else I’ve tried has been too salty or too bland or lettuced all to hell or dryer than Oscar Wilde.

    • I like them! I grew up near Philly and love hoagies. Taylor’s might not be the best hoagie ever, but compared to the other lunch options near my work they’re one of the best.

    • The combinations sound fantastic but never quite come right in execution. Haven’t tried the soft roll, but the regular bread seems dry.

      This is with experience at the Penn Quarter, 14th Street, and original H Street locations over the course of about 3 years and a different sandwich variety each time. Which may say something, that I’ve never bothered to order the same thing twice.

      So the description of Devil’s Pocket makes me go “I want that in my belly”, but experience says it’ll be imbalanced and disappointing. Likely to end up one-note in flavour despite all the ingredients – I predict the jalapeno will just take over because everything else will be bland. I usually get tired of eating before I get full.

    • I don’t like Taylor and haven’t eaten there in years. Back in 2009/2010 the Pattinson Ave (roast pork and broccolini) was one of the most delicious things I’d ever put in my mouth. Maybe around 2012 I got one and it was dry and flavorless (and much smaller). I tried one more time a few months later and couldn’t even finish it – it tasted like soap. Haven’t been back since.
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      Bub and Pops has the best sandwiches in the city, hands down. SUNdeVICH may be tied for top, but I’ve only been a couple of times, not enough to make a full evaluation.

      • Agreed that Taylor really fell off. Bub and Pops is one of the current best (though there is no good reason for the default state of the Italian sub to include mayo, but it is easy enough to order without it, so fine). A. Litteri is definitely up there too. I cannot understand so many people’s obsession with Sundevich though. Am I the only person in town who thinks their sandwiches are mediocre at best? Is everyone else here in the comments on the payroll? It makes no sense. Demand more from your sandwiches! (Unless we are talking mayo).

  • Still haven’t been to one

  • I Dont Get It

    I enjoy Taylor’s salads and have them a couple of times a week. I’m looking forward to trying the new Fall specials.

  • My too quibbles with Taylor:

    (1) I feel like a whale if I finish a sandwich. Their ben franklin is good, but MY GOODNESS, is that a lot of food! (this probably reflects more on me than it does on taylor, but I digress…I hate going to places where Im tempted to eat way more than I should)
    (2) you have to email them for the nutritional information. dude – just put it on your menu or somewhere on your website.

    • two! not too. Ugh…I have a case of the Mondays and its not even Monday anymore.

    • Agree with you on #2.
      As far as #1 goes, I think sandwiches in general are too much food, but Taylor does have some lighter options, like the one with strawberries, arugula, and fresh mozzarella.

  • Taylor was really good when they first opened on H. At some point, they downgraded the quality of the food and it is no longer any good. Their staff on H is pretty bad too.

  • Rock hard bread that cuts my upper palette. If only they offered a softer bread option.

    • Right. They could offer that at the same time they ask if you want regular or large. They could say something like “would you like the original, the soft roll, or whole wheat?” Maybe follow it up with “Would you like chips or a drink today?”
      If only…

    • They do. And I agree- I only order on soft roll. You can ask for it.

  • I really like their cheesesteak. Just the regular beef ribeye one with provolone cheese and grilled onions (#1 under the Cheesesteak section of their menu). I dunno if it’s the best in DC, but I’ve found it to be the most consistent in terms of what I think a cheesesteak should be (e.g., thinly sliced meat–as opposed to hunks of steak–with onions/mushrooms and some gooey cheese; I recognize this is not necessarily the “classic” philly cheese whiz kind). Not to hijack the subject of this post, but I’d be curious to hear of (other) good cheesesteaks in DC (maybe there’s an old PoP posting about it?).

  • I enjoyed them when they first opened. I did feel like my bread would be too hard sometimes. Now that I live in the city, I’ve found much better spots. A. Litteri being one of them.

    • I mean sure, if you want the best sandwich in the city and are willing to go to a specific place at a specific time for it, then Taylor’s not the place.
      But when it’s lunchtime and I’m at work and don’t want to travel more than a mile it’s a lot better than Jimmy John’s or McDonald’s or Subway or even any of the non-sandwich options (aside from Sweetgreen).

  • I love their pork… and they do gluten free wraps that are surprisingly tasty!!

  • Re: All the people mentioning the crust on Taylor’s bread is too hard / cuts up their mouth. This is by design. The Taylor founders thought all the bread in DC was too soft, not at all like the Philly-style hoagie rolls they wanted, so they specifically got a harder roll.

    That said, Taylor does have a soft roll now, if you want a softer roll, you should be able to ask for it with any sandwich.

    Mostly I just want the H St. NE location to finish their renovations and reopen.

    • Am I the only one puzzled by the “cuts up the roof of my mouth” complaint? I can understand if someone’s jaw is sore after eating it, but it’s not sharp.

  • I went to the one on 19th St. near Dupont yesterday and had the Devil’s Pocket. It. was. delicious. It reminded me of flavors in a banh mih. The jalapeno level was perfect – I don’t like spicy at all at there was just hint of that flavor but barely any spice. My BF that loves spicy said he wanted more jalapeno flavor though. And when I ordered they did ask me if i wanted regular roll or soft roll.

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