Since the last time I visited that little sandwich shop on the corner, Taylor Gourmet, they have exploded as they've opened 11 cafes in the area including one in Reagan National Airport. Wow! I didn't love this place when I first went a few years ago, but I loved it this time!
In fact, I've tried to go to the location in the National Airport several times, but, each time, their fryer was down. So on this beautiful, sunny day, I headed in. I was delighted to see that all vegan items were labeled with "Vegan" next to them. I just want to take a moment to applaud Taylor Gourmet for doing what every restaurant should be doing. Just tell us if it is vegan or not without 15 complicated symbols on your menu indicating vegan vs. vegetarian, etc. If it is vegan, it is also vegetarian so just label it "vegan" darn it!
But, while the labeling was clear, the cashier was not. I ordered the Cumberland sandwich and he asked me what kind of bread I'd like. I said I wanted whichever roll was vegan. He proceeded to tell me about the gluten-free wrap to which I responded that I am not gluten-free and would like to have whichever one is vegan. He left to ask questions and came back and recommended the multi-grain. Okay, great!
And in just a few minutes, they had my hoagie ready to go. I took it home and unwrapped it and it looked so good. On soft, doughy bread were layers of chickpea fritters, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, lettuce, and pepperocini slathered in lemon mint tahini dressing. The chickpea fritters and the bread were so good while the dressing just pulled it all together. Well done, Taylor Gourmet. I think this is my favorite sandwich in the city right now. With a $2 Pellegrino, the whole meal was only $10.50. That, my dear, is a steal. All I ask it to make sure that the individuals working there know which breads are vegan or not and you will have hit perfection.
October 22, 2014
1908 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009