Young and Hungry

Comments Come True: Spring Garden at Taylor Gourmet

Eating my way through your advice, an ambitious list of vegetarian sandwiches from 24 different restaurants. More Comments Come True.

I started this quest for fabulous veggie sandwiches because of the over-stuffed madness. I could not take one more über-filled vegetable sandwich. Just because a sandwich doesn't have meat doesn't mean it needs to over compensate with too many fillings. No meat is just fine.

Taylor Gourmet understands this fact with its Spring Garden hoagie. Take two ingredients, saturate in red pepper flakes, and be done with it. This hoagie lives a simple life, inviting only flecks of sharp provolone cheese and sauteed broccoli rabe with red pepper flakes and garlic. With ample heat, the hoagie's scant ingredient list doesn't seem like it's missing anything. In fact, it's one of the most flavorful veggie sandwiches I've tried.

Of course, the side of Herr's chips helps. I'm from the Jersey side of Philly and I appreciate Taylor Gourmet's nod to our local chips (even if the local sandwich shop collection is not loyal to quite everything from the region.)

In order of appearance in the comments

  1. Cork Market
  2. Cowgirl Creamery
  3. Busboys and Poets
  4. Taylor Gourmet
  5. Booeymonger
  6. Pret a Manger
  7. California Tortilla
  8. Jaleo
  9. Highland Cafe
  10. Jimmy John's
  11. Greek Spot
  12. Sticky Fingers
  13. Earl's
  14. Yum's
  15. Super Taco
  16. Luna Grill
  17. Five Guys
  18. Sidamo
  19. Everlasting Life
  20. Au Bon Pain
  21. Devon & Blakely
  22. Corner Bakery
  23. Potbelly
  24. Black Squirrel
  • Kate

    Excited for you to try the Cowgirl Creamery. Let me just predict the future a bit, here: CC = game over.

  • WDC

    I just threw away the second half of a Spring Garden hoagie from the Taylor Gourmet in Bethesda.

    The Rabe and Provolone sounded great together but the one I got was too incredibly salty and oily to keep eating and the chunks of garlic were overwhelming.

    Maybe it was a one off disaster - I like the description enough that I'd try it at a different location. Where was the one you had?

    And yes, the Herr's chips were quite nice.

  • Stefanie Gans

    @Kate - looking forward to trying CC.

    @WDC - I ate the sandwich at the Convention Center location. The sandwich was a tad oily, but that was part of the charm. I'm sorry you had to throw away the 2nd half. I ate my second half on the plane the next day and it stood up wonderfully. The bread wasn't soggy at all.

  • WDC

    To follow up: I went back today and got the Spring Garden again with Mozzarella instead of Provolone. It's quite good. I think that the one I had before was an aberration and not their normal quality.

  • Stefanie Gans

    @WDC - good to hear your mozz switch worked for the best. thanks for the update.