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Looking for good BBQ or subs for 200

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nosey Mar 17, 2009 08:44 PM

Planning a spring tailgate in Annapolis for 200 people. All we need is a main course provided. Limited budget and open to other ideas. We can pick it up. Who should we call?

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    MakingSense Mar 17, 2009 09:58 PM

    " Good BBQ" is subjective so you might want to eliminate that from the discussion right off the bat. Some of the people at your party will disagree over "good BBQ" just on principle anyway, so your bottom line should be something just pretty damned good.
    Red, Hot and Blue in Annapolis does big events for a reasonable price and they do a highly professional job of it.
    Purists might quibble, but most of your guest will be quite happy and RH&B will relieve you of the worry of dealing with amateurs.

    BTW, do yourself a favor and hire someone to help for a party this size. That's too many people for a free-for-all. RH&B's catering prices are reasonable. Don't cheap out.

    1. monkeyrotica Mar 18, 2009 03:34 AM

      KBQ in Bowie isn't too far from Annapolis, and they do catering. They're not cheap, but I think they're worth it, and for 200 people, they might be willing to give you a discount.

      http://www.kbqrealbarbecue.com/cateri...

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        DC TOOL Mar 18, 2009 04:15 AM

        Give Urban BBQ in Rockville a try, they have catered several events for me. You can get pork, chicken or brisket, for about 6 bucks a head.

        1. ktmoomau Mar 18, 2009 09:43 AM

          Italian Store does platters of their great italian subs. The menu is online, I think they will even deliver. Great subs.

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            nosey Mar 19, 2009 04:42 PM

            Do you mean the Italian Market?

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              ktmoomau Mar 20, 2009 07:54 AM

              No the Italian Store at the corner of Rt 29 and Spout Run in Arlington: http://www.italianstore.com/

              Infamous subs... my favorite is the Napoli, Fiance likes the capri, and the milano seems to be popular too.

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            Sean D Mar 19, 2009 07:45 PM

            Nosey, I'm not trying to funny here. Have you considered making subs? I've had to feed 200+ people many times. Sub sandwich spreads for 200 = about 80 12" subs (cut into 4" thirds). Take a trip to Costco for some bulk cheeses, meats, sandwich veggies, assorted chips, coleslaw, potato salad, sodas, and some cookies. You can buy big, cheap plastic catering trays from most party supply stores. If you plan it right, you'll spend about 30% less than buying them in a restaurant. If you're creative, you'll also produce impressively good sandwiches. For me, this would be about 90 minutes of shopping and about 4 hours of preparation. OR....

            You might consider ordering sandwich platters from Costco. I'm sure they will be the next cheapest choice. Good luck!!!

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              nosey Mar 19, 2009 07:56 PM

              Sean,
              All suggestions are feasible! Our kitchen is being torn out in a week or so, so not sure what space we are going to have. I would prefer to be in control of this, but I'm not sure it will be the best option.

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                Sean D Mar 19, 2009 08:29 PM

                Yikes, I feel for you Nosey. No kitchen?! I'd be a lost man!

                This is kinda a bizarre thought, but since were grasping here....I once had some really great catered subs from Hooters at a customer's office party. He said that they were very reasonably priced. (Their wings aren't bad, either.)

                Good luck!

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                  bordeauxfan Mar 20, 2009 05:18 AM

                  You should consider Adams Ribs. They have a number of locations around the Annapolis area, and I've used them for catering a couple of times. IMHO they're better (and less corporate) than RH&B.

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                    alkapal Mar 21, 2009 08:42 PM

                    what are we supposed to infer from your comment that adam's ribs is "less corporate" than rh&b?

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                      bordeauxfan Mar 22, 2009 07:56 AM

                      I've eaten at both Adams Ribs and RH&B for years. I have fond memories of the RH&B in Arlington in the early 90s, when they were still relatively new. I personally think that the quality of the RH&B output has decreased as they've become a larger group of restaurants. But that's just my opinion.

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                        alkapal Mar 23, 2009 06:25 AM

                        ok, fair enough. they've become too large without proper management supervision over food quality.

                        i too knew rh&b back in the day, when we even saw lee atwater there. it was lots better, then, for sure.

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                          MakingSense Mar 23, 2009 10:09 AM

                          I'm not familiar with Adam's Ribs but one thing to keep in mind here is the size of this catering order. 200 people is a lot of food and there should be some variety.
                          Not sure if the catering that Bordeauxfan has used them for was for orders that big.
                          RH&B can deal with the logistics of that many pans of food and the disposables, etc. to get it right. They do lots of big events.
                          Just saying.

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                            bordeauxfan Mar 23, 2009 12:39 PM

                            Thanks, that's an excellent point. My Adams RIbs catering was for about 100 people. But I'm pretty sure they can handle twice that.

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                tubman Mar 20, 2009 05:39 AM

                "If you plan it right, you'll spend about 30% less than buying them in a restaurant."

                That's way low. Just buying the sandwich platters from Costco (or BJ's or Sam's if they have them as well) will easily save you 40% vs. a restaurant. Making them yourself, more like 60%.

                If you make your own, you're also saving 6% sales tax you'd be paying for pre-made sandwiches.

                For 200 people, main course subs are doable for $400 if you make your own with ingredients from a wholesale club. You'll be paying no less than $1000 + tax for pre-made subs from a decent sandwich place, or bulk BBQ (pulled pork, chicken, brisket) and buns from a place like RH&B.

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                  MikeR Mar 20, 2009 07:30 AM

                  I might (probably would, actually) consider making subs for 20-25 people myself, but I not for 200. Four hours of preparation plus an hour and a half of shopping (and that's only if you're well enough organized to do it that quickly) is worth a few hundred dollars to me, as well as it is to a restaurant or caterer. If you go shopping in the morning, make the sandwiches in the afternoon, and serve them in the evening, storage isn't a problem, but if you have to store the materials even overnight, that could be difficult for some. Bless your heart if you can do it. How much would you charge Nosey?

                  Also, not all of us have a Costco membership, though it might be worth while to spring for one for the saving on bulk food if you're feeding 200. But since I normally cook for one (me) and don't need any diapers, . . ..

                  I think that making subs, or barbecue, for 200 calls for more specialized knowledge and equipment than most have at home.

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                  cbingel Mar 20, 2009 05:48 AM

                  In these economic times I hate to compete with the DIY suggestions, but if 4 hours giving yourself carpal tunnel making sandwiches isn't your gig, I can recommend Beefalo Bob's in Pasadena. I've used them for catering large parties, and their food is excellent, they deliver, and the staff there are top notch.

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                    dining with doc Mar 20, 2009 09:22 AM

                    Marchionne's in Wheaton MD is a small italian grocery store that makes wonderful subs at very reasonable prices and can handle making subs for 200 people if given advance notice

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                      Sean D Mar 23, 2009 12:50 PM

                      Question For Nosey: How much were you planning/hoping to spend on this? Did you have a budget?

                      I think that this may be the ultimate arbiter of where you go.

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                        BawlmerWhites Apr 9, 2009 01:51 PM

                        www.andynelsonsbbq.com
                        we have used them for big parties too. The pork bbq is to die for!

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                          LuLuBlaubugunder Apr 9, 2009 10:24 PM

                          Andy Nelson's is great!!! i second the bbq. Do inquire. I've had this catered and had this catered to me for several events. Everyone completely bowled over. Even if you don't use this option, go there, try the food. Ribs are falling off the bone flavorful and outstandiing, smoky colared greens, awesome juicy smoky chicken. Quite posssibly you won't have to pick it up yourself, not sure of your location.

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