A Sandwich a Day: Chicken Cutlet Hoagie from Taylor Gourmet in Washington, D.C.
In this great country of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around the country. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.
Taylor Gourmet has two locations in D.C. (in the "Atlas District" neighborhood and near the convention center), but reading the menu, you'd think you were in Philly. Owners Casey Patten and David Mazza are Philly natives, and when they first opened, actually got the crusty hoagie rolls delivered daily from Sarcone's, a fifth-generation bakery in Philly. The sandwich names draw inspiration from geography, like the Broad Street (chicken cutlet, broccoli rabe, and provolone) or the Spruce Street (roasted-inhouse pork, prosciutto, roasted red peppers, and provolone). The menu can feel a little overwhelming with about 25 sandwich options, like you're staring at a map and totally lost. Do I wanna go to Broad Street? But, fear not—it's actually just a bunch of permutations of the same fillings.
The pictured Oregon Avenue ($7.10 for a six-incher; $9.40 for the foot-long) includes a heaping salad's worth of dressed arugula on a pounded-thin chicken cutlet with a crisp fried coating made of leftover hoagie crumbs. Look forward to the special bites where you score a roasted garlic clove hunk. Parmesan shavings, hiding under all the arugula leaves, add a rich nuttiness. Wash it down with a Boylan's soda from the serve-yourself fountain counter.
1116 H Street NE, Washington D.C. 20002 (map); 202-684-7001
485 K Street NW, Washington D.C. 20001 (map); 202-289-8001