It's been a crazy fall for us so far, with Lane starting a new school and a busy couple of months for me at work. I have not been all that inspired in the kitchen lately. But I've been buying lunch a lot, and I thought I'd share with you some of my favorite DC sandwiches.
Taylor Gourmet is a DC sandwich chain that features Philadelphia-style hoagies. My favorite option is the South Street, which features a breaded chicken cutlet, goat cheese, pesto, and tomatoes. I was skeptical initially because it sounded like a lot going on, but this is a sandwich with great balance. (My runner up for favorite Taylor sandwich is the Cobble Hill, a spicy meatball sub.)
Jose Andres is a DC institution--he is probably our most famous local chef and owns several popular restaurants in town. A year or two ago he started a food truck called Pepe that sells gourmet sandwiches. I made my first visit to the Pepe truck last week and went with the Futbol Club Barcelona sandwich, made up of thinly sliced chicken, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and shallot mayonnaise. This sandwich definitely exceeded the sum of its parts and tasted like the BLT of my dreams, with bonus chicken. I think the keys may have been the fresh butter lettuce and the delicious mayonnaise. This was definitely worth waiting in line for!
Luke's Lobster started in New York, but they have three DC locations and I think they make an excellent lobster roll that goes heavy on the claw meat and that does not have too much mayo. I am particularly fond of the butter toasted bun and the sprinkling of celery salt that adorns each roll.