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Taylor Gourmet

posted Nov 13, 2010, 6:03 PM by Sc Rl   [ updated Nov 13, 2010, 7:30 PM ]


Every neighborhood needs a reliable sandwich shop and on quite a few levels, Taylor more than delivers.  The Pattison Avenue sandwich is a wondrous roast pork, broccoli rabe, and sharp provolone homage to DiNic's; call us crazy, but we actually prefer Taylor's version to the original.  Maybe it's sacrilege to say, but we found DiNic's version to be a bit one-note; Taylor's version bursts with flavor in each bite.  
We're still working our way through the menu, searching for a sandwich that compares to the perfection of the Pattison Avenue. 
So far, we've tried the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (chicken cutlet, marinara, sharp provolone) and the 9th Street Italian (salami, capicola, prosciutto, sharp provolone).  The chicken cutlet was a bit disappointing, as the cutlet was too dry for our tastes. 
From the 9th Street Italian, we discovered that Taylor's bread is very very good, with a perfect proportion of chewiness/crispiness; you don't pick up these qualities in the hot sandwiches b/c the heat steams the bread somewhat.  As for the interior of the 9th, too much lettuce and tomato and not enough meat.  It's not that we don't like our vegetables, but the flavors of the meat and cheese got lost in the salad mix.     
There are two aspects of Taylor that leave us a bit torn.  #1 Positive: they used to carry Herr's creamy dill pickle chips, which are possibly the best chips I have ever consumed.  #1 Negative: the last two times we've been in, no creamy dill pickle chips to be seen and nobody seems to know if they'll ever return. 
#2 Positive: the fried ravioli used to be perfectly crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, and just generally filled with yumminess.  #2 Negative: the last time we ordered the fried ravioli, they were v. different, not crisp and weirdly herby tasting. 
Overall, without hesitation, we can say that Taylor's sandwich bread is amazing and wholeheartedly recommend the Pattison Avenue.  If we never find a comparable sandwich on the menu, the pickle chips remain lost to us, and the ravioli never regain their former glory; we'll always return for the roast pork.
485 K St. NW
Washington, DC 20002