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Jan 8, 2010 05:25 AM

Roast pork and broccoli rabe sub comes to Taylor Gourmet.

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

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  1. 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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    1. re: jaydreb

      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.

      1. re: monkeyrotica

        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.

        1. re: monkeyrotica

          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 ;-)

          1. re: monkeyrotica

            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)

            1. re: monkeyrotica

              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.

          2. 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.

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

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              1. re: WestIndianArchie

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

                1. re: WestIndianArchie

                  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.

                2. 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. 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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                    1. re: jeanlucsgirl

                      Wow sounds great. I want to try this place!

                      1. re: beauxgoris

                        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.

                        1. re: beauxgoris

                          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.

                          1. re: monkeyrotica

                            ^^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.