Must Haves: Taylor Gourmet's Pattison Avenue Roast Pork Sandwich
May 04, 2010
Must Haves is a new series focusing on some of D.C.'s great dishes.
I'm obsessed with this sandwich. Absolutely and completely obsessed. I had it for the first time three weeks ago. I've had it three times since. I've told my friends about it. I've told my family. It motivated me to get on with this new series of dining shorts and it will be the inaugural one.
Taylor Gourmet's Pattison Avenue roast pork sandwich is unequivocally one of the very best sandwiches I've had in D.C., maybe anywhere. It's six to 12 inches of roasted pork wet with the stock they soak it in, tucked into a warm hoagie roll with chunks of garlic and covered in melted provolone. As fantastic as all that is -- and it is -- that's not what makes the sandwich. Oh no, what makes the sandwich is the broccoli rabe.
Broccoli fucking rabe.
There are three other pork sandwiches on Taylor Gourmet's menu. None are as good as the Pattison Avenue. The only reason I can think of is that none of the other sandwiches include bright green shoots of spicy broccoli rabe.
Driving home after eating one of these was the worst. It was also the best. Try as I did to wash my hands afterward, my knuckles and fingers still stank of pork and stock that soaked through the bread. It always soaks through the bread. It was intoxicating. I felt I owed my wife some sort of apology. It was as close to filthy sin as a sandwich will ever get you.
If it was sin, then this is my confession. I am obsessed.
Oh, hello, lover...I can understand the obsession, that looks amazing, and makes me want to literally RUN over to Taylor Gourmet right now. Oh, wait, they deliver, right? Okay. I'll wait right here. BRING.
Posted by: Angela | May 04, 2010 at 03:26 PM
This is the first time I've heard of this joint. I'll be trying it out ASAP. Thanks
Posted by: Cas | May 05, 2010 at 10:20 AM
OMG! If I introduce this to my husband, I may lose him to this sandwich seductress! Good thing it's a bit of a hike.
Posted by: Ann | May 12, 2010 at 03:34 PM
It's well worth the hike.
Posted by: Drew | May 12, 2010 at 03:56 PM
Just had it for lunch. Pretty damn good. The broccoli rabe is an excellent accompaniment.
Posted by: Cas | May 14, 2010 at 02:29 PM
Too bad this is actually a PHILADELPHIA creatyion. Another nice try by an utterly irrelevant city...
Posted by: tb420 | May 19, 2010 at 12:30 PM
Posted by: tb420 | May 19, 2010 at 12:31 PM
as in a PHILADELPHIA creation.
Thanks useless DC. Not your sammich.
Posted by: tb420 | May 19, 2010 at 12:32 PM
Wow, drunk by noon? Good times, tb420. Good times.
Posted by: Drew | May 19, 2010 at 12:37 PM
Yeah, I think there's little doubt that DiNic's at the Reading Terminal Market in Philly does that sandwich best. Glad someone is trying to make it here, though.
Posted by: apk | May 20, 2010 at 11:27 AM
Yeah, yeah. And the pizza at Guido's on Bleeker Street beats anything in DC OR Naples Italy. Who cares? Taylor makes a great roast pork broccoli rabe sandwich. Period.
Posted by: monkeyrotica | May 21, 2010 at 03:17 PM
Did someone a few post up mention 420? The cashier at the K St Taylor can help you with that from what I understand.
Posted by: Joey | Jun 18, 2010 at 06:41 PM
Agreed this sandwich is great, as long as the pork you get isnt too fatty and they give you a little bit of juice to keep it all moist. However, do not sleep on their meatball sub. Very very good.
My other thought on Taylor is: always get the 12" sub. you pay 7.50 for access to the 6", so spend $2 more and get 2 meals if you arent hungry enough for the whole one straight away.
Posted by: MyMyselfandI | Jun 24, 2010 at 10:55 AM
Sounds like Taylor is doing an homage to the great Philly cheesesteak place Tony Lukes, which does the BEST roast pork, broccoli rabe, provolone sub you will ever have - in fact, best sandwich you will ever have in your life. If you ever get to Philly, this should be your first stop.
Posted by: lucyperro | Jul 12, 2010 at 11:07 AM