Pit beef in Baltimore

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2013/09/05 16:51:55 (permalink)

Pit beef in Baltimore

I'm headed to a trade show for work later this month. I need good pit beef within walking distance of the Baltimore Convention Center. All suggestions welcome ...
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    Re:Pit beef in Baltimore 2013/09/05 21:00:17 (permalink)
    I love, love pit beef, but my favorite place is Conowingo Inn, just near Conowingo Dam/Susquehanna River. A bit too far from the Convention Center!!
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    Re:Pit beef in Baltimore 2013/09/05 21:09:43 (permalink)
    Sorry, its the Susquehanna Inn in Conowingo. I've been thinking about taking a Pit Beef Pilgrimage in MD and this would be my first stop:
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    Re:Pit beef in Baltimore 2013/09/06 11:20:42 (permalink)
    Seems to me, "Pit Beef" and Convention Center" don't go hand-in-hand. Convention Center developers tend to want to rid the neighborhood of anything that would smell like a Pit Beef stand.
     
    That said, I was not impressed with Chap's, although Guy Fieri seemed to like it. I believe it was also voted Best in Baltimore at one point. Maybe they were just having a bad day the day I was there.
     
    It's not downtown, but not that far away (short cab ride).
    http://www.chapspitbeef.com/
     
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    Re:Pit beef in Baltimore 2013/09/06 12:04:12 (permalink)
    Near the Convention Center is tough. Convention center areas usually appeal to the tourists that come to town as conventioneers. Therefore, you are far more likely to be within walking distance of a Bubba Gump Shrimp Company or Phillips Seafood than you would be decent pit beef.
     
    That said, the MOST convenient, within walking distance, comes with an asterisk....well, two asterisks. The first, is that the beef is ordinary; the second is that you must purchase a ticket to the Orioles game to get to Boog (Powell)'s Barbecue. I think the sandwiches still run around $10, but if you can score a ticket cheaply on StubHub or a bleacher at game time, it would definitely scratch your itch.

    The next place that is within walking distance also comes with an asterisk - it is only open on Sundays. There is a stand in the Baltimore Farmer's Market - Beef Barons - that makes a more than respectable pit beef sandwich. When I was last there about two years ago, the sandwich ran about $6, had a good, smoky flavor and was quite filling.
     
    Chap's is not walkable, nor is Pioneer Pit Beef (which I prefer to Chap's), but both are accessible by public transit, which would take 30 (Chap's) to 45 (Pioneer) minutes each way.
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    Re:Pit beef in Baltimore 2013/09/06 13:09:23 (permalink)
    Pit beef?  How about some crab cakes!!!
     
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    Re:Pit beef in Baltimore 2013/09/07 17:28:27 (permalink)
    Ya know, one of the things about Pit Beef that I like so much (besides that its delicious) is thats its a really local dish, as far as I know, not served anywhere else. I did find it once, just north of MD-PA border in McSherrystown, but that's really still local. 
     
    Crab cakes are Ok, but yu can get them almost anywhere now. I saw some on menus in Florida. Pit beef, in fact, is rarely on menus at all, you just get it from the pit in the local shop.
     
    I would also agree that there would be little near the convention center. Its a locals not a tourists food. 
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    Re:Pit beef in Baltimore 2013/09/10 12:57:07 (permalink)
    Thanks for all your suggestions. Unfortunately, I'm not going to have time to explore on this trip. Now next month, when I go to New Orleans, well ... I've pretty much got my menu already set for every day I'm there ;)
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    Re:Pit beef in Baltimore 2013/09/15 22:15:47 (permalink)
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    Ya know, one of the things about Pit Beef that I like so much (besides that its delicious) is thats its a really local dish, as far as I know, not served anywhere else. I did find it once, just north of MD-PA border in McSherrystown, but that's really still local.  


     
    A couple of weeks ago I had my first pit beef sandwich and, believe it or not, I didn't have to leave the Chicago area to do so. It came from a nifty little roadside place called Burger n Que, located on Wolf Rd. ( US 6 ) in south suburban Orland Park IL. They feature a sizable number of burgers, sandwiches and barbecue items and one is what the menu board refers to as "Baltimore's Famous Pit Beef Sandwich". I've been hoping to get to Baltimore to try pit beef for some time now and when I learned from their website that B n Q  offered one I knew that I had to go and try it. I asked to get it with rare meat, but for some reason they said they couldn't do that so I had to settle for well done beef. No problem though as the sandwich was quite good, with a nice smoky flavor to the meat. Good fries too. The sandwich comes on a pretzel bun unless you request a regular one which is what I did as I'm not wild about the pretzel type. Burger n Que is known locally for big juicy charbroiled burgers, and I'm going to have to get back there soon to try one. I definitely recommend a stop here if you're in the area.
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    Re:Pit beef in Baltimore 2013/09/16 14:28:32 (permalink)
    Bob, you can plan your trip using their online menu, too.  It looks like a place I'd like; my brother-in-law and his family used to live in O.P. so I'll have to ask him if they ever ate there.
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    Re:Pit beef in Baltimore 2013/09/25 15:58:27 (permalink)
    The other day I went back to Burger n Que to try one of their locally renowned hamburgers and I must say that I was pretty impressed as they do live up to their reputation. It was a charbroiled half-pounder, cooked a perfect medium just as I had requested ( something that you won't get at Five Guys ), and sided by the same better than average fries that I had on my previous visit. Good beefy flavor too, which is more than I can say for some of the other burgers that I've had since moving back to the Chicago area.
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    Re:Pit beef in Baltimore 2013/09/25 17:09:59 (permalink)
    I smoke a Top Round for our Pit Beef, not a Bottom Round like so many places, it makes a huge difference!
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    Re:Pit beef in Baltimore 2013/09/25 17:19:19 (permalink)
    ... and it's gooood.
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    Re:Pit beef in Baltimore 2013/09/27 00:42:39 (permalink)
    Welcome back, Chewy!
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    Re:Pit beef in Baltimore 2013/12/04 23:53:02 (permalink)
    Bad news. The other day I drove over to Burger n Que to get a pit beef sandwich for lunch, only to find the place locked up and with a "For Rent" sign in the window. Well, it was nice while it lasted.
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    Re:Pit beef in Baltimore 2013/12/05 11:51:06 (permalink)
    We live in Jersey, and the most convenient pit beef place to us when we're in MD is Fast Eddie's in North East, on Route 40. We really would like to find some other places, though.
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    Re:Pit beef in Baltimore 2013/12/05 12:21:55 (permalink)
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    Bad news. The other day I drove over to Burger n Que to get a pit beef sandwich for lunch, only to find the place locked up and with a "For Rent" sign in the window. Well, it was nice while it lasted.
    Here's a local newspaper story about the closing.  BnQ's online reputation seems pretty good so maybe there's hope for the future.
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    Re:Pit beef in Baltimore 2013/12/05 13:59:09 (permalink)
    There used to be many pit beef places going south on route 40 toward Baltimore.  That road is so built up now it is hard to recognize.  Mostly upscale shopping.  Hard to find the pit beef stands.
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