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Baltimore Deep Fried Steak and Cheese

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Perhaps the most unusual dish I have consumed recently is the deep fried steak and cheese at Hot Tomatoes in Fells Point. They fill a tortilla with thinly sliced steak, onions and cheese and then deep fry the thing. It is an unholy affair that nonetheless is deeply satisfying if one has consumed a few adult beverages previously. $4 a pop, if you can get it. I dare anyone to try it and complain. They also have above average pizza by the slice.

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  1. There's a place in Timonium called The Ugly Muffin that does something similar, only it's in a dough pocket rather than a tortilla. It's both horrible and delicious at the same time.

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    1. re: JonParker

      where is the Ugly Muffin?

      1. re: MDicecreamguy

        It's on Cranbrook in Cockeysville. My sister used to work at Patrick's (?) in the same shopping center and once in a while I would sneak over to the Ugly Muffin to get a deep fried steak and cheese thing. Grosses me out just thinking about it but I remember them being disgustingly good.

        http://www.uglymuffincafe.com/

    2. isn't this called a chimmichanga (sp)?

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      1. re: curious4food

        Chimichangas usually seem have rice and/or beans also, but if it's in a flour tortilla then yeah, I guess it is.

        The ones at Ugly Muffin were more calzone or empanada style, if I recall correctly (they used dough instead of a tortilla). Hence my inner food snob votes anti-chimichanga on this one.

        1. re: asiege2

          They do use dough, and disgustingly good is a very apt description.