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Roast pork and broccoli rabe sub comes to Taylor Gourmet.

monkeyrotica Jan 8, 2010 05:25 AM

Has anyone tried it yet? I recall Galileo had one years ago and the mix of flavors was fantastic.


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    jaydreb Jan 8, 2010 05:53 AM

    Haven't tried the one at Taylor Gourmet, but I'll add that Toscana Cafe near Union Station does a good job with this exact same sub.

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      monkeyrotica Jan 8, 2010 08:46 AM

      Picked one up for lunch. Verdict: this is a killer sandwich. Similar to Tony Luke's, I ordered the 12" which measured in at 13" (unlike, say, Subway where you're likely to get 10"). It's called the "Pattison Avenue," $9.50 ($10.45 after tax). The 6" is plenty for one hungry eater, but I want to hold half in the fridge overnight to see how the flavors marry. And this has a lot of flavor. Like the article says, the Boston butt is slow roasted with thyme, rosemary, and garlic; it's a fatty cut, so it's plenty juicy. It's shredded almost like pulled pork, really tender, and they don't skimp on the meat or the broccoli. I've had dental work done recently and had no problem chewing this. It's that tender. Pepper flakes are added so there's a nice spiciness, not overpowering. The broccoli rabe is cooked perfectly; not mushy, but chewy, firm, slightly bitter. The aged sharp provolone brings it all together. And the Sarcones roll, which was really chewy on the Italian hoagie, was much softer thanks to juiciness of the pork. Next to the G Man at Mangialardo's and the reuben at Deli City, Taylor Gourmet's Pattison Avenue is now one of my favorite sandwiches in DC. Highly recommended.

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        Bob W Jan 8, 2010 09:12 AM

        Thanks for the mouth-watering review. I was ready to go just based on the picture in the Post. This sandwich sounds great. Roast pork gets so overshadowed by cheesesteaks in the Philly sandwich pantheon.

        The dental work comment was a nice touch.

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          monavano Jan 8, 2010 09:26 AM

          Thanks for reporting back. I read about the roast pork too, and wanted to see a first-hand report. I don't think it will let me down, having recently enjoyed the sandwich at Dinic's a couple weeks ago.
          ps. to all of you who can get delivery from Taylor Gourmet; I hate you. Well, not really.
          (just a little, maybe ;-)

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            WestIndianArchie Jan 8, 2010 09:44 AM

            I had one yesterday and totally agree.

            The last one I had was @ Tony Luke's, and this compares favorably in my opinion.
            I was even thinking of trekking over there again (p6 and d4 stop nearby)

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              msr3017 Jan 12, 2010 11:42 AM

              I had one today. It is GOOD. The juicy pork, the tangy cheese, the chewy roll (love the sesame seeds!), and the savory broccoli rabe are a wonderful combination.

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            amaebi Jan 12, 2010 01:15 PM

            Drove down from Baltimore to have this sandwich last Thursday! Two enthusiastic thumbs up! Having had many roast pork sandwiches in Philly, this one ranks right up there. The seeded bread from Sarcone's makes this sandwich. or maybe it's the sharp provolone. Actually, I can't decide which component of this sandwich is the best but when put all together the flavor can't be beat. Sooooo good. I want to try some other sandwiches from Taylor Gourmet but I don't want to be disappointed if they're not as good as the pattison Avenue.

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              WestIndianArchie Jan 20, 2010 04:53 AM

              After having this sandwich, Is broccoli rabe available @ most area super markets?

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                monkeyrotica Jan 20, 2010 05:35 AM

                I have seen it in Shoppers Food Warehouse, Whole Foods, and Harris Teeter.

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                  monavano Jan 20, 2010 07:11 AM

                  Whole Foods has it, although last week it was $3.50 ;-(.
                  I can't help myself, I love the stuff, and it's key to the pork sandwich. I also love spinach, but way prefer rabe with the pork.

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                  Steve Feb 2, 2010 06:35 PM

                  This is a Hall of Fame sandwich. A three-time Super Bowl winner. The Pattison Avenue is flat out better, dare I say it, than Tony Luke's.

                  1. jeanlucsgirl Feb 2, 2010 07:15 PM

                    Yes, I have! It's called the Pattison Avenue and it's delicious. Coincidentally, I have a post specifically on it coming out next week, but I guess I'll give you a sneak peek!

                    "I ordered the six-inch Pattison Avenue for $7.20. Moist, tender, juicy chunks of pork seasoned with black pepper and spices taste incredibly fresh. The sharp provolone, which is aged for eighteen months, gives a burst of flavor while broccoli rabe provides a nice crunch. You can add lettuce, tomato and onions at no charge. The six-incher is a nice lunch size, while the twelve inch would put me in a coma for sure. Add chips and a soda for $2.30. I recommend the Herr’s Cheddar Horseradish chips. Yum.

                    The Pattison Avenue is also available in a vegetarian version called the Spring Garden, along with two other meatless sandwiches..."

                    Taylor Gourmet
                    1116 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

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                      beauxgoris Mar 4, 2010 11:21 PM

                      Wow sounds great. I want to try this place!

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                        beauxgoris Mar 5, 2010 05:06 PM

                        Okay, I couldn't take it and went today. The hype is true for once, this sandwich is really THAT good. Spicy, crunchy, chewy, salty - everything you want. The only bad thing is now I have a new addiction and it's no where near my house! Run don't walk to get this one.

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                          monkeyrotica Mar 6, 2010 05:42 AM

                          There's a second location at 485 K Street NW if that makes a difference. I had one yesterday. A good sandwich and consistently made.

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                            beauxgoris Mar 6, 2010 08:27 AM

                            ^^That's the one we were at too yesterday. Humm, maybe we crossed paths. No matter - I'll drive to get this sandwich, it's worth it. In fact we're already talking about when we can make it down again, it was *that good*. for once the hype was warranted.

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                      nosey Mar 6, 2010 02:36 PM

                      I had my first sliced pork sandwich with aged provolone and broccoli raabe yesterday at the Market next to the Phillie Flower Show. I'm glad we can find this closer to home.

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                        ChoppinBroccoli Mar 7, 2010 06:34 PM

                        Hate to be a detractor. But I live around the corner from Taylor, and have eaten it often. I always want it to be better than it is. I like to support such a cool, local restaurant. But, I've just about given up on it. I think the bread is too thick and sometimes a little stale. Too much lettuce and not enough dressing. Few flavors, and overall pretty boring sandwiches. When I go out for a sandwich I'd like it to do more than I could do at home. Was excited about the broccoli rabe and was once again disappointed. And what's up w/ the Italian sprinkle on top of the sandwiches.

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                          beauxgoris Mar 7, 2010 06:45 PM

                          Lettuce and dressing on the Pattison sandwich, huh? Mine came with neither.

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                            monkeyrotica Mar 8, 2010 02:53 AM

                            I agree they kinda go overboard on the shredded lettuce, particularly on the vegetarian sandwiches. I tell them to hold the lettuce.

                            Where would you recommend getting a better sandwich?

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                              DanielK Mar 8, 2010 04:26 AM

                              Well, according to this thread, CB thinks that Schlottsky's is a much better sandwich, so use that as your frame of reference.


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                              scotcheroo Mar 8, 2010 05:30 AM

                              I hate to say it to, but I'm sorta with you on this one. I've had various Taylors sandwiches multiple times (more than 10... my office gets take out a lot). I've always been slightly dissapointed. The bread is often stale, the ingredients underseasoned, and they have a very light hand with any sauce or dressing. This all makes for pretty dry, bland sandwich. It's nothing offensive, just not what I like to waste calories on.

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                                monkeyrotica Mar 8, 2010 08:30 AM

                                I think it’s a valid criticism that the bread can be pretty dry and that they go overboard on the lettuce. I’m not a fan of the coldcut subs; I tend to get mine from Mangialardo’s. But the Pattison Avenue is different in that they don’t use lettuce (or I’ve never had it with lettuce anyway) and the pork is so moist, it’s that moisture that seeps into the bread. That and the fact that it’s hot make for a far less dry sandwich.

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                                  beauxgoris Mar 8, 2010 09:02 AM

                                  ^^That's what I thought too? My Pattison was very juicy. We also got the 9th street classic Italian sub, I thought it was great (not overstuffed with lettuce). When I ate my other half at home later on I did add more O & V which helped it, I just figured next time I'd ask them for heavy dressing on it to compensate. I still don't think they can be beat for the type of sandwich they make.

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                                    beauxgoris Mar 28, 2010 08:24 PM

                                    Just read that they're opening a new location in Bethesda this summer. Good news for me, bad news for my waistline!

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                                      beauxgoris Mar 28, 2010 09:05 PM



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                                        beauxgoris Jun 19, 2010 06:54 PM

                                        Drove by the soon to be Bethesda location yesterday. Looks like it's coming along nicely. There was a sign outside that said "Taylor Gourmet" so hopefully it will be done sooner than later!

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                                          Dennis S Jun 19, 2010 07:36 PM

                                          Nice! That'll be an easier location for me thanks to client visits. I haven't made it to either downtown yet - but I do wish I'd have thought of it Friday when I was down there and wanting something I hadn't yet had...

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                                            beauxgoris Jul 11, 2010 06:18 PM

                                            Has anyone been by recently? I'm eager for this new location to open!

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