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LDR Char Pit

4753 Lake Ave, Rochester, NY - (585) 865-0112
Posted By Stephen Rushmore on 6/20/2004 7:33:00 AM
Just North of Rochester, NY is one of the finest steak sandwich shops around. Named after the first initials of the founder's three children, the LDR Char Pit has been cutting and grinding its own beef since 1945.

While most steak sandwiches serve you ultra-thin (shaved) beef cooked on top of a griddle, the Char Pit delivers a grilled, single slice of beef less than one centimeter thick. When you place your order the server will ask how you want your sandwich cooked. This isn’t to ask for toppings, he/she wants to know the degree of doneness. However you like it, they rarely (never in my experience) miss the mark. I always order rare, and the grill master gives the meat literally thirty seconds on each side to cook. One flip, no pressing, and then it is placed on a soft round bun. The result is a seasoned, lean steak sandwich that is so tender that adding condiments would only downgrade the experience.

Seating is either counter stool service or a 1950’s style black vinyl booth. I prefer to eat at the counter where you can get the best vantage point for the grill master to work his magic.

After polishing off your meal, be sure to head up the street for some creamy Abbott’s Custard.

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Like a backyard barbecue, the beautifully hatchmarked steak on the sandwich has the aroma and flavor of charcoal-grilling.
"Like a backyard barbecue, the beautifully hatchmarked steak on the sandwich has the aroma and flavor of charcoal-grilling."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle





This sandwich makes me want to plan frequent trips to Rochester.  This is the one 'don't miss' item while in town.
"This sandwich makes me want to plan frequent trips to Rochester. This is the one 'don't miss' item while in town."
Cliff Strutz


It is amazing how they are able to take this thin piece of meat and cook it perfectly rare.
"It is amazing how they are able to take this thin piece of meat and cook it perfectly rare."
Stephen Rushmore


This sandwich does not need any condiments to improve its tase.
"This sandwich does not need any condiments to improve its tase."
Stephen Rushmore


The grill master gives a rare steak sandwich about 30 seconds on each side.
"The grill master gives a rare steak sandwich about 30 seconds on each side."
Stephen Rushmore


We like the rings more than the fries.
"We like the rings more than the fries."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Be sure to order the steak sandwich
"Be sure to order the steak sandwich"
Stephen Rushmore


Those black vinyl booths are a blast from the past.
"Those black vinyl booths are a blast from the past."
Stephen Rushmore


They seemed to spruced up the interior in the last few years.  Luckily for Roadfooders, the food is still the same.
"They seemed to spruced up the interior in the last few years. Luckily for Roadfooders, the food is still the same."
Cliff Strutz


LDR has a nice help yourself condiment bar that includes pickles, onions, mustard, hot sauce, etc., but the steak sandwich needs nothing from here.
"LDR has a nice help yourself condiment bar that includes pickles, onions, mustard, hot sauce, etc., but the steak sandwich needs nothing from here. "
Cliff Strutz


On a nice summer day this parking lot is frequently filled.
"On a nice summer day this parking lot is frequently filled."
Stephen Rushmore



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