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by Tim Regan — August 3, 2016 at 1:45 pm 0

Taylor Gourmet near Farragut Square

A popular local sandwich shop has plans to open a new location downtown.

Taylor Gourmet is slated to move into the former Crumbs Bake Shop location at 888 17th St. NW later this year. Signs advertising a new sandwich eatery went up last week.

A walk through Taylor Gourmet’s seasonal menu reveals subs stuffed with ingredients such as turkey, feta and salami alongside slightly offbeat sandwich fillings like strawberries and cantaloupe and cucumber slaw.

This isn’t the only eatery with its eyes on the area. Sweetgreen also plans to open a new location down the block, as we reported last week.

A Taylor Gourmet representative declined to comment on the opening.

by Tim Regan — May 17, 2016 at 11:55 am 0

Jimmy Johns U Street

The U Street corridor now has a purveyor of “freaky fast” subs.

Jimmy John’s opened its newest location at 1408 U St. NW earlier today, according to an employee in the store. The company’s menu includes sub sandwiches in slim, normal and giant styles alongside chips and cookies.

The 1,234-square-foot Jimmy John’s has seating for roughly nine customers, according to a building permit the national sandwich chain filed in January.

The new U Street location makes four D.C. locations for the company, including a shop at 1101 14th St. NW.

by Tim Regan — December 7, 2015 at 10:00 am 0

Quick, someone wake Guy Fieri!

Bub and Pop’s, the Dupont sandwich shop located at 1815 M St. NW, today launched a new breakfast sandwich packed with fried eggs, provolone cheese and bacon.

The $4 sandwich, which is also prepared without meat for $3, is the newest creation of Bub and Pop’s chef Jonathan Taub. Unlike a normal Bub and Pop’s sub, the sandwich is served on a smaller, four-inch hoagie roll. And here’s a free tip when ordering: Add a dab of mayo, suggests Bub and Pop’s co-owner Arlene Wagner.

The sub shop also now serves Vigilante coffee, hot chocolate and hot tea. Breakfast is served between 8 and 11 a.m.

by Jennifer Currier — September 15, 2015 at 3:50 pm 0

Pope Sandwich

In honor of Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to D.C., Rumors (1900 M St. NW) has added a sandwich professed to be his favorite.

What does His Holiness like to eat? If the sandwich is any indication, the pope likes to pile chimichurri-marinated chicken breast, provolone cheese and arugula atop ciabatta rolls and top it off with a healthy scoop of “holy land” relish made with chopped tomato, cucumber, onions, shallots, parsley, garlic and lemon vinaigrette.

Mike Soper, the menu consultant behind the ‘wich, said creating the divine delicacy was a unique culinary challenge.

“We were just sitting around and thought, since the Pope’s coming and we’re right down the street from St. Matthew’s, let’s try something different,” Soper said.

The recipe was inspired by Pope’s background, and incorporates Argentinian, Italian and Mediterranean culinary influences, said Soper. He added that it also reflects the current pope’s humble nature.

“It’s really a simple idea, but it seems to hit the right spot and people love it,” Soper said. “It’s fun and creative. Nothing too crazy.”

Some of the proceeds from each sandwich sold will be donated to Catholic Charities to support its meals programs, Soper added.

And the sandwich has already snagged some church cred: Soper said Rev. Daniel Gill and Monsignor Ronald Jameson of the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle tried the sandwich and gave it their stamp of approval last week.

The Local News Now staff here in the office also dug into the sandwich earlier today to see if it lived up to the holy hype.

“I think the pope would like it,” said Borderstan editor Tim Regan. “Like Pope Francis, it’s surprisingly good.”

Eleanor Greene, sponsored content manager, said “the sandwich as a whole seemed summery because of the lemony cream sauce,” and HillNow editor Andrew Ramonas added that “the Holy Father might not be able to resist this sinfully tasty sandwich.”

But not all of our staff reviews were glowing. Borderstan and HillNow reporter Sean Meehan remarked that the sandwich “loses points for being very saucy, which could pose a risk if the Pope were to try to eat it while wearing his white robes.”

by Borderstan.com — June 12, 2013 at 11:00 am 0

From Scott Leibowitz. Find Scott on Twitter @Lebodome, email him at [email protected].

"Sandwich"

Get your perfect sandwich. (Ashley Lusk)

Hey, Borderstan! We are taking an unscheduled break from my usual sports/dude-ish banter to discuss something that is very near and dear to my heart. If you have lived in this city for more than a week, then you will be able to relate to the subject.

Sometimes it’s a lunch necessity, other times it’s a midday thing where you know it will help bring you from the depths of too much coffee. A food credited to royalty has become the standard bearer for the common man, and it’s creation is what’s been on my mind most recently. I am talking about sandwiches, more specifically the construction and ease of obtaining one.

Yes, I know I am not a food blogger. Borderstan is full of much better and more qualified people for debating taste, texture and overall awesomeness. But, when I think of a sandwich, the first words that come to mind are efficiency and ease. I don’t like to be in a new place and not know within an hour of being there where the nearest sandwich shop is located.

Growing up in New Jersey, there was a bodega or local shop on every other corner, so a “sub” was never far away and everyone knew how to order. However, it was not until I was standing in the Bethesda Bagel line watching a clueless couple of blond hair and boat shoes figure out what goes on a bagel with lox (cream cheese, tomato, onion, scallions) that I realized not everyone has the confidence and smoothness to order a sandwich, and this is a problem.

I understand that the customer is always right and no one wants to be pressured into something they don’t want. But as you may not realize, everyone around you is on the move and not ready to sink into your world of hesitation and doubts. So, the next time you want that fat sandwich to rock your lunch world, here are some helpful thoughts.

What Kind of Menu Is It?

There are three types of menus. The set menu, where you pick a style and that’s what you get (Taylors/JJ’s Cheesesteak). The free-for-all, a grocery store condensed so you always get what you want (Subway/Potbellys). Last, the hybrid has a set menu but there is wiggle room for additions (So’s Your Mom and Dupont Market at 18th and S Streets NW, some personal favorites). The more you know what you are getting into, the better prepared you will be.

Know Thyself

Have a go-to sandwich order. I am not saying that every time you walk into a place you have to get the same thing. I am just encouraging you to be prepared for those crazy lunch hour rushes. Some people have extensive zombie apocalypse plans; I have emergency sandwich ordering details.

Make It Personal/Know Your Hour

Don’t be that guy/gal who orders four sandwiches for the group (call that in in advance and pick it up). Also, when you are getting yourself a sandwich and its the crazy lunch hour, be aware of it and everyone’s lives will be easier.

If I had full control of the world, I would make every sandwich place like Wawa with a computerized ordering system with the hoagies coming out in the order they were taken in. Until that happens, I ask that in a city as on the go as ours you stand ready to order, as well as scarf down, a footlong down with pride. Good luck!

This column first ran August 8, 2012.

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by Borderstan.com — August 8, 2012 at 10:00 am 1 Comment

From Scott Leibowitz. Find Scott on Twitter @Lebodome.

"Sandwich"

Taylor Gourmet. (Ashley Lusk)

Hey Borderstan! We are taking an unscheduled break from my usual sports/dude-ish banter to discuss something that is very near and dear to my heart. If you have lived in this city for more than a week, then you will be able to relate to the subject.

Sometimes it’s a lunch necessity, other times it’s a midday thing where you know it will help bring you from the depths of more coffee. A food credited to royalty has become the standard bearer for the common man, and it’s creation is what’s been on my mind most recently. I am talking about sandwiches, more specifically the construction and ease of obtaining one.

Yes, I know I am not a food blogger. Borderstan is full of much better and more qualified people for debating taste, texture and overall awesomeness. But, when I think of a sandwich, the first words that come to mind are efficiency and ease. I don’t like to be in a new place and not know within an hour of being there where the nearest sandwich shop is located.

Growing up in New Jersey, there is a bodega or local shop on every other corner so a “sub” is never far away and everyone knows how to order. However, it was not until I was standing in the Bethesda Bagel line watching a clueless couple of blond hair and boat shoes figure out what goes on a bagel with lox (cream cheese, tomato, onion, scallions) that I realized not everyone has the confidence and smoothness to order a sandwich, and this is a problem.

I understand that the customer is always right and no one wants to be pressured into something they don’t want. But as you may not realize, everyone around you is on the move and not ready to sink into your world of hesitation and doubts. So the next time you want that fat sandwich to rock your lunch world, here are some helpful thoughts.

What kind of menu is it? There are three types of menus. The set menu, where you pick a style and that’s what you get (Taylors). The free-for-all, a grocery store condensed so you always get what you want (Subway/Potbellys). Last, the hybrid has a set menu but there is wiggle room for additions (So’s Your Mom & Dupont Market at 18th and S Streets NW, some personal favorites). The more you know what you are getting into, the better prepared you will be.

Know Thyself. Have a go-to sandwich order. I am not saying that every time you walk into a place you have to get the same thing. I am just encouraging you to be prepared for those crazy lunch hour rushes. Some people have extensive zombie apocalypse plans; I have emergency sandwich ordering details.

Make It Personal/Know Your Hour. Don’t be that guy/gal who orders four sandwiches for the group (call that in in advance and pick it up). Also, when you are getting yourself a sandwich and its the crazy lunch hour, be aware of it and everyone’s lives will be easier.

If I had full control of the world, I would make every sandwich place like Wawa with a computerized ordering system with the hoagies coming out in the order they were taken in. Until that happens, I ask that in a city as on the go as ours you stand ready to order, as well as scarf down, a footlong down with pride. Good luck!

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