Sunday, May 4, 2014

Bub & Pop's

Bub & Pop's is a local Philly-style deli that reinvents delicious home-style food and delicacies of the 9th Street Italian Market. Their webiste describes: "When Pop returned from WWII - a decorated hero - they bought a small corner grocery/deli in West Philly and created their own style Italian Hoagie and Braised Beef Brisket sandwiches. Almost 60 years later these sandwiches are the inspiration for the DC menu as their grandson Jonathan reinvents these classics." Closest Metro is Farragut North.

Keith stopped by Bub & Pop's after work one day to pick up some sandwiches to bring home for the weekend.  He kind of went overboard and ordered four different ones to try.

Photo via Bub & Pop's website
First, I ate half of the Bub’s Italian Hoagie stuffed with Genoa salami, prosciutto, capicola, pepperoni, aged provolone,arugula, Roma tomatoes, hoagie relish, mayo, Bub’s vinaigrette, and pecorino Romano on a nice Italian roll.  The Roma tomatoes with arugula and pecorino cheese had lots of bright flavor in my first bite.  However, the meats were overwhelmed by all the relish and globs of mayonnaise, creating a sloppy sandwich that was hard to eat.  I never have had mayo on my Italian sandwich, so it was very odd to me and kind of a turn off half way through.  Maybe it's a Philadelphia thing.


Keith ate the Cheese Steak made with beef, aged provolone, fried onions, special sauce on a roll.  The meat was plentiful, but a bit too salty.


We saved the other sandwiches for the next day, and since it was so nice outside, we had a little picnic in our backyard.  I ate half of the Eggplant Parmesan that had marinara, aged provolone, arugula, caramelized onion, hazelnut gremolata, and pecorino Romano.  The bread was a bit soft from being a day old, but the sandwich still tasted great.  The addition of the caramelized onion and hazelnut gremolata gave a different spin to the eggplant.  I really enjoyed this vegetarian sandwich.


Keith tried the Bolognese Parmesan - a different hot sandwich made with rustic tomato and meat ragout (meatballs, pork belly and brisket), arugula, caramelized onion, aged provolone, mozzarella, and pecorino Romano.  Again, the combination of sauce and vegetables gave a flavorful twist to the meat.  The 'meatballs' were different, but satisfying for meat-lovers.

Total Rating: 3.63
Food: 3.5, Price: 4, Service: 3.5, Ambience: 3, Accessibility: 5

What I ate:
Bub’s Italian Hoagie
Genoa salami, prosciutto, capicola, pepperoni, aged provolone,arugula, Roma tomatoes,
hoagie relish, mayo, Bub’s vinaigrette, and pecorino Romano

Eggplant Parmesan
marinara, aged provolone, arugula, caramelized onion,
hazelnut gremolata, and pecorino Romano

Plus Keith ate:
Bolognese Parmesan
rustic tomato and meat ragout, (meatballs, pork belly and brisket), arugula,
caramelized onion, aged provolone, mozzarella, and pecorino Romano

Cheese Steak
beef, aged provolone, fried onions, special sauce

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