The Great Sandwich Smackdown: Shawafel vs. Taylor Gourmet

Time for the semifinals.

Our first final four battle has Taylor Gourmet (photograph courtesy of Taylor Gourmet) taking on Shawafel (photograph by Scott Suchman ).

Welcome to the Great Sandwich Smackdown semifinals! We’ve come a long way in this condiment-filled competition, but today marks the beginning of the end. Only four contenders remain—and today, shawarma king Shawafel takes on Taylor Gourmet’s red-hot hoagies.

While Lebanese- and Philly-style sandwiches are worlds apart, both of these shops’ offerings are hugely popular—not to mention delicious—and have garnered many, many fan votes to make it this far. Only one can go on to the finals, and it’s up to your stomach to decide.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.