Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Lunch Liaisons: Taylor Gourmet (Mount Vernon Square)

(Lunch liaisons is a regular segment wherein C and I meet for weekday lunch dates. The associated posts are not nearly as cloak-and-dagger as they may sound, but instead are reviews consistent with the quick and painless lunch hour theme).   

I'm committing DC sandwich blasphemy here, I know.  But, Taylor Gourmet? Not my favorite. Pluses include quality Italian meats and cheeses (the provolone in particular is tasty), as well as the cannoli (it's not North Boston, but for the limited DC options, it will do). One of the minuses is the bread. I've read over and over how it's driven in from a Philly bakery daily, but it's a little too crusty and chewy for me. The broccoli rabe on my sandwich added to the chewiness. C didn't care for the sesame seeds either.  Another minus - the house roast pork - it was lacking in flavor and anything but lean. Nothing too special from my perspective. All that build up for eh... I'll stay in Arlington for Italian Store hoagies.


Manimal said...

The pork was a bit fatty, and honestly, the Italian meats at Italian Store are far superior. I would say it's enjoyable, but not destination dining.

Paul said...

Try the Ben Franklin (Chicken Parm).

As for the bread it may not be everyone's cup of tea - but I love it. Subway's bread is just a flavorless, textureless, flour bomb. The Sarcone's roll at Taylor atleast brings alot of flavor and texture to the table.

iEatDC said...

It's relatively fast, good, and easy if you're nearby, but Italian Store is no doubt better. Way better. Just like there is no doubt that Ernest's in Brigantine, NJ is better than Italian Store. But it's far away from you, so IS it is.

W. Mark Felt, Sr. said...

Whoa, Paul, I hope I didn't overstate things to that degree. In no way would I ever choose Subway. I'm just with iEatDC - Italian Store is a much superior sandwich, so I'm a little surprised that Taylor Gourmet devotees love it so much in comparison.