Cheap Eats 2015: Bub and Pop’s

Cheap Eats 2015: Bub and Pop’s
An Italian hoagie from Bub and Pop’s spread with pepper relish and stuffed with salami, prosciutto, capicola, and aged provolone. Garlicky house-made dills come on the side. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

If you didn’t know walking into this snug spot that the owners are from Philly, you would when you got a load of your first sandwich. No pretty-boy thing, this is a handful—two handfuls—stuffed with so much meat and cheese you’d think it was trying to make a point about generosity and love. That in itself makes the place worth knowing about, in a downtown filled with wan, gourmet-manqué sandwiches. But bigness is not all. The chef, Jon Taub—who owns the place with his folks—cares about the details, too, nowhere more so than with his brisket sandwich, the braised meat dipped in veal jus, covered with aged Gouda, then smeared with an apple-horseradish cream.

Cuisine: Sandwiches

Where you can get it: 1815 M St., NW; 202-457-1111

Also good: Italian hoagie; cheesesteak; eggplant Parmesan.

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.

Anna Spiegel
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.