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Dec 4, 2008 01:30 PM

Taylor on H St, NE - Anyone been?

A colleague and I were discussing the merits of Pat's and Geno's in S Philly tonight, when the conversation turned to other Philly phaves; to wit: hoagies. She mentioned having heard of a place on the H St NW corridor. A bit of research yielded Taylor, which got a good review in the Post (

Has anyone been? I live in Arlington, work in DC (NW), so is it worth a drive/cab fare?


Cocinero Cubano

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  1. I don't have much experience with Pat's or Geno's but Taylor makes a great hoagie.

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    1. re: Bigcitywine

      Pat's and Geno's make cheesesteaks and don't make hoagies. I could be mistaken about not making hoagies, but I've never noticed them on the menu and have never seen anyone eating one there. A hoagie is a cold cut sandwich.

      1. re: ChewFun

        Thanks for the tutorial. My point was that while talking about Philly eats, the conversation went from cheese steaks to hoagies; I know that Pat's and Geno's don't serve hoagies.

        Cocinero Cubano.

    2. Thanks for reminding me about Taylor. I need to try this place and do a Litteri's/Mangialardo's/Taylor taste test.

      1. I tried the 9th Street Italian sandwich, and it was pretty darn good -- the sharp provolone especially.

        Prices are pretty high -- I paid more for a six-inch sandwich than Mangialardo's charges for one twice that big. And the service was not good. I'm not sure how long they've been open, but I went Friday and it wasn't crowded at all, but it seemed as though the employees still hadn't figured out the basic routine of order-taking and sandwich-making. I was able to order without standing in line, but then it was more than 20 minutes before I had my sandwich. Everyone else was asked what they wanted on their orders; I was simply presented with a wrapped hoagie.

        Between the price, the difficult location (they're still tearing up H Street, parking is scarce, and it's surprisingly difficult to get there and back even from the Hill) and the competition, I probably won't be back all that often, but it's a nice space and a nice addition to the neighborhood for those who live or work in walking distance.

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        1. re: Bill on Capitol Hill

          I wonder if the whole high-price/not-crowded thing is related. Horace & Dickies down the street just raised their prices, but there's still a line out the door.

        2. Ha--congrats on working in "to wit""--that's how I was instructed to native-order cheesesteak at Geno's--don't hem and haw, waste their time or act like a tourist--just say "steak, wit"--meaning witH cheese--and it's Cheesewhiz, proudly displayed in big cans.

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          1. re: chowsearch

            wit means with onions. wit whiz, means with onions and cheese whiz.

          2. I think in your case, Taylor would have a hard time beating Italian Store in the sandwich department.


            Italian Store
            3123 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22201