The Great Sandwich Smackdown Finals: Taylor Gourmet vs. Bub and Pop’s

Only one can be the king of Smackdown Town.

This is it. For all the marbles. Your vote decides the winner between Bub and Pop’s (left, photograph by Andrew Propp) and Taylor Gourmet (photograph courtesy of Taylor Gourmet).

Welcome to the Great Sandwich Smackdown finals! We’ve come a long way to get here, folks, particularly these two strong teams. Taylor Gourmet began the competition by trouncing Red Apron Butchery, only to go on and leave the mighty G and Shawafel in its wake. Newcomer Bub and Pop’s, meanwhile, started strong with a win against cheesesteak king Ray’s to the Third and continued on the path of glory overcoming powerhouses such as the Italian Store and Bayou Bakery.

So who’s it going to be, Smackdown-ers—the beloved local chain or the prized mom-and-pop (and, in this case, chef-son) sandwich shop? There’s a lot of Philly pride at stake here, with the owners of both eateries hailing from the City of Brotherly Love. Only one hoagie can claim the Smackdown title, and it’s up to you to decide. As always, you have until 5 to vote—after which we’ll crown the winning sandwich spot. May the best sandwich win!

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.