Monday, September 17, 2012

Taylor Gourmet Deli

Taylor Gourmet Deli serves fresh Italian hoagies in the up-and-coming "Atlas District" of H St NE. Importing meats and cheeses from Italy and fresh bread daily from Philadephia. The deli also features pastas, sauces, cookies, gelato, and wine. Their specialty seems to be the chicken cutlet sandwiches that are fried in olive oil and quite a generous portion. Closest Metro is Union Station.

November 2010: This new sandwich spot is a favorite of Keith's. With fun names on the menu after famous streets in Philadelphia and the Boylan all natural soda fountain, Taylor is a casual spot that tends to crowd up with local hipsters. Although H St is not super accessible via metro, buses come by often and it is not a far walk from home for us. Taylor is a welcomed addition to the H St neighborhood. The successful shop has even opened a second location in the Chinatown-Gallery Place area.

September 2012:  We have returned to Taylor numerous times over the years and recently went back to sample some of their newer items, which include hot meatball sandwiches as well as roasted turkey options.  Breakfast hoagies are also available, and next time we have a road trip planned, we hope to stop by and grab one to go.  This time I tried the Race Street, which combined my love of turkey and prosciutto with fresh mozzarella and pesto. Although I prefer a little more cheese on my sandwich, the turkey was wonderfully seasoned and the olive oil vinaigrette provided a nice acidic bite - I think I found my new favorite!  Keith ordered the Callowhill, a warm sandwich with homemade spicy meatballs, marinara, and sharp provolone.  The meatballs were pretty spicy; dotted with lots of red pepper flakes.  Although the meatballs were warm, Keith would have preferred the whole sandwich to be heated up more in order to melt the cheese.  Typical NY-style meatball subs are often baked to give that hearty, warm, ooey-gooeyness to the cheese and sauce.  Overall, I really enjoyed the new options on Taylor's menu and am happy to see their continued success in DC.

Total Rating: 3.95
Food: 4, Price: 4, Service: 4, Ambience: 3, Accessibility: 5

What I ate:
Race Street
homestyle roasted turkey, prosciutto, pesto, fresh mozzarella, lettuce, tomato
with olive oil vinaigrette

Love Park
salad of arugula, pastina, cherry tomatoes, pesto, fresh mozzarella

JFK Boulevard
chicken cutlet hoagie with marinated portabella mushrooms and goat cheese

Vine Street Expressway
chicken cutlet hoagie with prosciutto, pesto, and sharp provolone

Rocky's Risotto Balls
served with marinara sauce

Plus Keith ate:
homemade spicy meatballs, marinara, sharp provolone

Broad Street
chicken cutlet hoagie with broccoli rabe and sharp provolone

Penn Square
chicken cutlet hoagie with prosciutto and sharp provolone

Walnut Street
chicken cutlet hoagie with roasted red peppers and fresh mozzarella
added prosciutto

Lancaster Avenue
breaded eggplant, marinara, sharp provolone

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