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Wel I live in Gaithersburg, but does not have to be there. Just curious do we have any place like White House Subs in Atlantic City, not sure if anyone has heard of them, but just amazing authentic Italian Sub Shop. Anything, besides the Subways and Jerry's, like a family run sub shop, that makes foot long Italian Subs, cheesesteaks, etc??
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  1. I haven't been to White House subs, but from what I've heard about it, no place is like White House subs!

    Taylor Gourmet, with several DC locations, and a new one in Bethesda, does good Philly-style hoagies.

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    Taylor Gourmet
    1116 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

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    1. re: woodleyparkhound

      thanks, will check that one out

      1. re: woodleyparkhound

        The single best sub in DC is the Pattison Ave. at Taylor Gourmet. Roast pork, brocolli rabe, and sharp provolone. Can go head to head with any great sub anywhere. After that, the problem will be the bread at most places. Even the touted places on this board: Itlaian Deli, Mangialardo's, Litteri and Sons, are good only if you are in the neighborhood, but not worth going out of your way for.

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        Taylor Gourmet
        Washington, DC, Washington, DC

        1. re: Steve

          That is a GREAT sandwich.

      2. Marchones Italian Delicatessen in Wheaton, MD.

        Excellent Italian Coldcut sub on a hard or soft roll.

        In business for over 50 years - meats, cheese, breads, olives, groceries, frozen dishes, etc.

        http://www.marchones.com/

        1. Oh, I forgot to mention the G-man at Mangialardo and Sons, near the Potomac Ave. Metro station. The problem is that they are only open for lunch Mon. - Fri.

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          1. re: woodleyparkhound

            you guys are awesome, thanks

            1. re: woodleyparkhound

              I think the G-man, at Mangialardo and Sons, is worth traveling for if a great Italian cold cut sub is what you desire. Roast pork from Taylor Gourmet is close contender for my favorite D.C. sub. But hey, to each his/her own.

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              Taylor Gourmet
              1116 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

            2. Yes, in Herndon and Fairfax: The Deli.

              Not to be confused by A Deli at Worldgate.

              Note that the named sandwiches are double portion, but you can ask for single portion at a reduced price. The Hot Sicilian is my favorite. The dry coppa (as well as the rest of the ingredients they use) is excellent.

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              1. re: Dennis S

                The Deli and their hot sicilian is a good suggestion.... but they put a ton of oil on mine. I'd get this again but ask them to ease up the oil. there's a nice area to sit in at the Fairfax branch. This is my favorite 'cold cut' sub. The full sub is a meal for two! Good to know you can ask for a half portion.

                1. re: Steve

                  Agreed on the oil, but they will cut it back some. I need to get to the FFX location sometime.

                  I didn't go for a while after first discovering it based on the quantity of the standard portion of meat. I forget how I figured it out. I think I was trying to build my own of the same, and they figured out what I was trying and asked if I wanted single portion.

              2. You're in luck, because the Italian Gourmet Market on Route 28 at Quince Orchard in Darnestown makes a damn decent Italian sub in several combinations. They also have a good wine selection at decent prices. No cheesesteaks, though.

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                Italian Gourmet Market
                12169 Darnestown Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

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                1. re: flavrmeistr

                  definitely will try that, you guys are great, thanks so much

                2. South Street Steaks in Gaithersburg has decent cheesesteaks and Italian hoagies.

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                  South Street Steaks
                  7313 Baltimore Ave Ste B, College Park, MD 20740

                  1. Hands down the best subs I've had in the DC area are at the Italian Store in Arlington, near Spout Run. I actually prefer their subs to White House in AC. Also a great source of Italian specialty foods, pizza, wine, etc. Make sure you get the house dressing on the sub, whichever one you choose (except the meatball sub of course).

                    Beware: if you go at mealtime or on the weekend the wait can be long.

                    You can also get a decent sub (though I wouldn't travel from MD for them) at Pomodor's in Fairfax.

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                    Italian Store
                    3123 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22201

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                    1. re: holdtheline

                      holdtheline, do you prefer the hard or soft sub rolls at the Italian Store? When I was with my former employer in Falls Church, we would occasionally order IS subs when working late and the hard rolls were definitely my choice. They just hold up better under a few squirts of that delicious dressing and the generous meats, cheeses, and condiments (always get hot and sweet peppers).

                      PS The Italian Store has good pizza by the slice, too. Some New Yorkers might scoff because it's not really foldable whereas I like the fact that you can eat it with one hand while driving without risking everything sliding off into your lap.

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                      Italian Store
                      3123 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22201

                      1. re: Bob W

                        The Italian Store also has credible sicilian pizza, and a decent old style calzone.

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                        Italian Store
                        3123 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22201

                        1. re: nickdanger

                          Not to mention Martin's Chips and Berger Cookies! Good marinated mushrooms, too. Just a great place, really.

                        2. re: Bob W

                          I prefer the hard roll, but if you go at dinner time, they are often out of them.

                        3. re: holdtheline

                          I like Pomodorros, especially for custom pies. I haven't tried their subs.

                          Been a while for me and Italian Store, but if you're in Fairfax or Herndon, The Deli is extremely comparable to Italian Store in terms of subs, but without the crowds. Had the Hot Sicilian today in fact (oh, and Steve, I asked for light oil and they delivered marvelously).

                          Comparable to the point I don't even think about stopping at Italian Store if I'm in the area, since we have The Deli out West.

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                          Italian Store
                          3123 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22201

                          1. re: Dennis S

                            Good to know. I must say The Deli is probably my favorite sub place around. The Sicilian is impressive and a full one should not be attempted in a single sitting.

                        4. Another vote for Italian Store. Plus I get to stock up on things like frozen canneloni and 00 flour. To avoid the wait, call ahead or just grab a Milano from on top of the counter.
                          I also love their slices and you don't need to grab a number and wait for it. Just walk to the back of the store.

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                          Italian Store
                          3123 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22201

                          1. not specifically subs, but Weismiller's Deli in Georgetown was a staple in my years there. The Chicken Madness is rightfully famous...

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                            1. re: Molly_C

                              Eh, it was ok for a captive audience. And a student one at that. But I'm not sure I'd go out of my way for it.

                            2. Totally agree that the Italian Gourmet Market on 28 has the best subs around! My parents are from outside of Philly, where they make the best subs, and they get excited to come here and have one from the IGM... try the Vito with the fresh mozzerella. Their soft rolls are the best, and their meats are the highest quality. Enjoy!

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                              Italian Gourmet Market
                              12169 Darnestown Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878