It’s been so hard to keep this a secret for months…..but we did and now that the episode has aired….here’s the scoop! John and I were invited by our friend Arlene Wagner to see the filming of a segment to be featured on the Food Network as part of a Triple D Nation episode. You see in January 2016, Guy Fieri had featured Bub and Pops on his Diners, Drive-Ins’ and Dives show and the film team had decided to return for a follow-up segment. If you’ve ever tasted the mouth-watering sandwiches that Chef Jon produces, you don’t have to ask why – they are freshly made masterpieces!
Now Bub and Pop’s restaurant is a small place (20 or so seats) because quite a bit of the food is carry-out to support all the offices within walking distance. People line up down the street to order food at lunch time, unless they remembered to phone their orders in advance.
When we arrived, the film crew was already setting up and as you can see by the photos, it takes a full crew, several cameras, extra lighting and lots of back-up batteries. Also squeezed in-between were some restaurant regulars….more than willing to await their sandwiches as they watched and some even participated in the filming.
Every angle was covered as Chef Jon showed how the sandwiches were made…..especially the Porchetta which is started the day before….and then finished on an order-by-order basis. You won’t find anything fresher and the mix of ingredients blend overnight.
John tried the Porchetta and he swore it was as good as his Italian Nonna would have made. I had the Shrimp Po Boy….which I also had to share with John….excellent and huge portions too! Definitely two thumbs up!!
I thought you’d want to see a few food photos, the first two taken by the Food Network experts; and the last was “my sandwich.” See what I mean about those portions – HUGE!!
The Family Story
As teenagers in South Philadelphia Mae & Irv (Bub & Pop) Wagner fell in love and married in their early 20s. They both loved delicious home-style cooked Italian Market Street Food. When Pop returned from WWII, a decorated hero, they bought a small corner grocery/deli in West Philly and created their own style of Italian Hoagie and Braised Beef Brisket sandwiches. Almost 60 years later these sandwiches are the inspiration for our menu as their grandson Chef Jon reinvents the classics. – Arlene, their daughter.
And if you missed the shows but would like to see them, check out
- #FoodNetwork – Bub and Pop’s was re-visited by Guy Fieri of Diner’s Drive Ins & Dives and it aired on January 24, 2020. It was terrific. If you missed the show checkout this link: Show 2020
- Diner’s Drive Ins & Dives – Bub and Pop’s – Between the Bread aired on Diner’s Drive-ins & Dives January 2016 – It can be viewed at Show 2016 . The sandwiches Guy choose to have Chef Jon prepare for him were The Jewish Hoagie (now called The Hebrew Hammer for our son and brother Peter W. Taub) and The Roast Pork (Porchetta) now called The Philly Special in honor of Super Bowl Champions the Philadelphia Eagles.
Chef Jonathan Taub is a graduate of The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in Philadelphia. He apprenticed at The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia under Chefs Kai Lerman, John Hamme and Mark Arnao. Chef Taub worked with Michelen-starred Chefs Jean Marie Lacroix and Alain Ducasse. Chef Taub’s staged experience include Morimoto and Tru with Tramonto in Chicago. He brings 20 plus years in fine dining to Bub and Pop’s.
Something Special – the Chef’s Table
Try something even more special and reserve a spot at the Chef’s Table starting this month. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings, Chef Jon will be offering fine dining with his signature, multi-course, prix fixe menus with wine, liquor and additional beverage pairings.
Tribute to Pete
In honor for his service, a special tribute was made during the show for Arlene’s son and Chef Jon’s brother Pete who was killed in Afghanistan after filming but before airing of the first show. Always remember….always loved!!
Plan to visit Bub and Pops soon….their website is naturally https://bubandpops.com. Located in NE DC with an extensive lunch menu. They also do catering; form available for download on their site.
We highly recommend you stop by….