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Taylor Gourmet Deli, Casey Patten and David Mazza's Sub Chain - Numerous Area Locations

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I concur, had one sub there and it was ok...nothing to draw me back and of course the hours don't help.

If you are going to trek across town for a sub, you might be better served by A. Litteri in the Florida Avenue Market

Or Taylor on H Street.

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Since I'm still up here in NYC I haven't been yet, but my neighbors on the Hill have enjoyed it. It's at 11th and H.

Taylor Website (In Progress)

It's distinctly Philly themed, I'm told.

Ears perked up. Philly-style? And one of my favorite Philly bakeries Sarcone is the bread! I need to stop by sometime soon.

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So how would you celebrate a big old smack on the lips by the city’s largest paper? Well if you are Taylor you close up shop for most of the week.

The scribbled sign on the door says that they will reopen on Friday at noon.

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I have known Casey for going on five years now and over the years have discussed his idea at length and in detail. Both he and David are super nice guys and incredibly passionate, dedicated and hard-working with a real vision for the type of place they hope to create and it's role in serving the neighborhood and the community.

The fact that they are offering delivery and their delivery zone will take them into some pretty dicey neighborhoods speaks volumes.

On top of that, they are bringing a pretty obsessive commitment to authenticity and a great, deep nostalgic love for their hometown's traditions.

I haven't had the chance to eat there yet, but on these things alone I am sure they will add some much needed excitement to a pretty lacking sandwich town.

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This was on the Mt. Vernon Triangle blog on Sunday. Still sounds like a good delivery option despite the less than stellar review.

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So how would you celebrate a big old smack on the lips by the city’s largest paper? Well if you are Taylor you close up shop for most of the week.

The scribbled sign on the door says that they will reopen on Friday at noon.

Ha! Good for them!!!

I have always said that the best thing a restaurant could ever do would be to close for a week immediately following a review in the Post. There is nothing as unpleasant or more destructive then the aftermath of a review.

Or maybe a couple of days off around the holidays seemed like a really good idea. I hear it's what a lot of human beings do.

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Ha! Good for them!!!

Yay for them, but I would like the hour back I spent going to try them... I guess some people have that kind of time to waste in a fruitless attempt to try some place new, well back to the bottom of the list for them.

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I guess some people have that kind of time to waste in a fruitless attempt to try some place new, well back to the bottom of the list for them.
Not me and I'd been thinking of dropping by, so thanks for letting the rest of us know that we should hold off until they reopend after the holiday.

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Intrepid devotee of truth that I am, I have discovered the cause of Taylor's inconveniencing closure:

Their baker, Sarcone's, does not deliver Tuesday, Wednesday (or Thursday) this week and the owners did not want to serve a lesser, or less authentic, product.

So, I'd score this one: Plus one point for authenticity, minus two points for not anticipating the inconvenience and travel times of non-local business, no points awarded either way on the question of whether businesses are allowed to have different schedules the week of a major holiday, for a net result of -1.

ETA: And minus three points for me for being a provocateur and asshole in general, but those are not to scored against the Taylor team.

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Intrepid devotee of truth that I am, I have discovered the cause of Taylor's inconveniencing closure:

Their baker, Sarcone's, does not deliver Tuesday, Wednesday (or Thursday) this week and the owners did not want to serve a lesser, or less authentic, product.

So, I'd score this one: Plus one point for authenticity, minus two points for not anticipating the inconvenience and travel times of non-local business, no points awarded either way on the question of whether businesses are allowed to have different schedules the week of a major holiday, for a net result of -1.

Some people have their own ideas about how to run a business. They

are going to do what they want, no matter what advice (or criticism) they get.

I say: screw 'em.

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Intrepid devotee of truth that I am, I have discovered the cause of Taylor's inconveniencing closure:
Had the chicken scratched note on the door given such an explanation I would certainly would not have held it against them. However, no such explanation was given. Am I entitled to know why they closed? Nope, stating a justification is purely up to them. Am I entitled to feel put out by trekking through one of the less desirable neighborhoods in the city to give them a try and find them closed?

But then again, I am sure that you would like to given them an extra +2 for not having to take money tainted by an asshole like me and that would put them at +1.

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I walked over last Friday night after calling to check on the hours. ( I was told 12:00pm to 10:00pm that day). At 6:30pm there was only 1 other customer. The shop design is sleek and minimalist. There are italian wines, beer, and various canned italian products. I believe Casey was working the register and he was very affable. I inquired about delivery of beer/wine with food and he wasn't sure but said he would find out. I ordered a 12" "Church Street" with the house made sausage, peppers, and sharp provolone. It was tightly wrapped in butcher paper, kept its integrity, and was still warm after the cold 15 min. walk home. I intended to save half the sandwich for the next day but ended up finishing the rest for a late snack. The sausage had a great kick to it, the peppers were bursting with flavor and the Sarcone's bread was just as described. I can't attest to the service and long waits during lunch hour, but the sandwich I had was sublime. I'll be back. (or ordering delivery).

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I decided to make another attempt to visit Taylor yesterday, and this time found it open. The inside of the restaurant is beautifully done, with dark wood and bright metals, my only desired change would be to actually mark the bathroom doors.

The food had mixed results. The Columbus Boulevard was one of the best sandwiches I have eaten in quite a long time. It was a perfect harmony of prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers, dried oregano, oil and vinegar. The bread certainly played a role in making this a success, the nice flavor and texture of bread accentuated the flavors while at the same time not getting in their way. Unfortunately the same was not true for the 9th Street Italian. This is Taylor’s take on the classic Italian cold cut sub, and it looked beautiful. Where the ingredients of the Columbus worked together like a fine string quartet, the elements of this sandwich reminded me more of club music, the thundering bass of the sharp provolone and vinegar drowned out the more subtle flavors of the meat (something not easily done to capicola and Genoa salami).

While it is about 12 blocks from my office I plan that when my schedule avails me of the time I will hop the X2 bus and get another Columbus Boulevard, or even stay so that I can sit and hopefully enjoy what looked to be some beautifully fried treats.

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Some friends went down to Taylor's a few nights ago - I missed the excursion by a few minutes. I had to ask for a bite of my gentleman friend's sandwich. Sausage with peppers and onions.

It was sublime.

I was not offered another bite.

I will definitely have to be in the right place at the right time next time.

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Unfortunately the same was not true for the 9th Street Italian. This is Taylor’s take on the classic Italian cold cut sub, and it looked beautiful. Where the ingredients of the Columbus worked together like a fine string quartet, the elements of this sandwich reminded me more of club music, the thundering bass of the sharp provolone and vinegar drowned out the more subtle flavors of the meat (something not easily done to capicola and Genoa salami).

I wandered down to H St. from Lincoln Park today to try Taylor's for the first time, and got the 9th St. Italian sub. My experience was better than Sthich--the provolone didn't overwhelm anything but was only a mild undercurrent to the predominant flavors of the meat, and there was only a trace of vinegar. This was one damn fine sandwich, particularly the much-vaunted Sarcone's bread.

I also ordered the fried risotto balls, which had a nice molten core of mozzarella and were virtually greaseless. They really didn't need the spicy marinara sauce served on the side, which made a nice little after-lunch tasting all on its own. I'm not clear if it's a homemade sauce, but it has a good kick to it.

Got there just in time to beat the rush and was in and out in about ten minutes. Staff was friendly and appreciative. I'll be back.

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...I also ordered the fried risotto balls, which had a nice molten core of mozzarella and were virtually greaseless. They really didn't need the spicy marinara sauce served on the side, which made a nice little after-lunch tasting all on its own. I'm not clear if it's a homemade sauce, but it has a good kick to it....
Good god, sign me up. When I was living in New York, one of my favorite items, available at many neighborhood pizza places, was the less-fancy-pants-named "rice ball." They're hard to come by outside NYC.

It's 9 blocks from my office to Taylor. Rain, rain, go away...

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Has anyone seen a menu anywhere online?

There is a picture of one at the link post above (the one for the blog). My experience is that if you want a menu for later use you have to ask for it.

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Taylor had a pretty damn good first showing for us tonight, missing in the only area where I would have expected a home run (not so fresh bread). The meat on the 9th Street Italian was a bit sparse, but on the whole it was the closest to a real Tri-State area italian hoagie that I have had in DC. If the bread was fresher and there was some of the delicious spicy relish that I'm used to getting on this sub (had some at home so the sandwich was easily fixed), I would say this would be a go-to when I come back here. My wife loved her Roosevelt Park salad, and I had to agree. A nice garlicky flavor to the vinaigrette and generous amounts of chicken (extra $1.50 and well worth it) and cremini mushrooms rounded this out quite well. They were out of the risotto balls, but this was a blessing as we really enjoyed the Ridge Ave Raviolis we got instead. Haute cuisine this is clearly not, but it was a great version of a deli treat I grew up eating. I was impressed that they didn't overfry the raviolis, which happens at a lot of places that serve this side.

Kudos to them for delivering a good 20 minute drive away for a $25 order and a mere $2 delivery charge. It's nice that I'll be able to continue to order from here at lunch and dinner without having to personally make the schlep across town.

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I've been to this place a few times and have been left totally underwhelmed, and last night, ripped off. To wit, I ordered a 12 inch meatball sub, and it came with 4 meatballs on it. 4! On a 12 inch sub! Sure, they cut the meatballs in half to spread them out, but these are not big meatballs, just average size. Even my wife remarked, "This is all bread." And the bread was nearly stale. Oh, and it cost me 10 bucks. Total scam. The other sandwiches I've had there, while not ripoffs, simply haven't been that good.

That being said, those risotto balls and the Boylan (sp?) soda are delicious...I'm just not sure it's enough.

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I am obsessed with the aged Provolone at Taylor's. It makes for an unparalleled sub, with the perfect balance of high-quality ingredients properly and lovingly treated, and an amazing, intense flavor impact.

Even if subs there are not of the overwhelming "gut-buster" variety, I find their deli subs (haven't had their meatball sub, and the chicken subs could be "wetter" to my taste) to be utterly satisfying as the quality of the ingredients forces me to savor each bite to the point where it takes me twice as long to finish one of theirs than my previous favorites, the Italian Store.

Just the combination of the Sarcone's roll and the aged Provolone alone is enough to do it for me.

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