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Best Baltimore Pit Beef??

HungryBaby Mar 6, 2013 03:34 PM

My friends and I are taking a trip to Baltimore this Friday (3/8/13), and we keep hearing about Pit Beef.... The one place that keeps coming up is Chaps, but I am sure that there are other places that the locals ( and true afficionados) go to. Any recommendations??? We are also doing crab cakes as well, Other than Faidley's who else serves the best crab cakes?

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    flavrmeistr Mar 6, 2013 03:52 PM

    Pioneer in Catonsville and Canopy BBQ in Ellicott City are my favorite pit beef stops. For crab cakes, I like Gunnings in Hanover. For seafood in general, I like Ryleigh's Oyster Bar in Federal Hill and Thames Street Oyster House in Fells Point.

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    1. re: flavrmeistr
      HungryBaby Mar 6, 2013 04:07 PM

      Pioneer has been mentioned quite a bit to me, so I'm going to put that on the road trip agenda. Thanks for the info

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        Hue Mar 6, 2013 07:24 PM

        AT Pioneer..meidium rare, with juice(au jus?),horseradish,onions salt and pepper!!
        Tiger Sauce is a combo of mayo and horseradish..

      2. re: flavrmeistr
        maypo Mar 7, 2013 12:11 PM

        Pioneer is good...but it is a food stand. No indoor seating....I like Chaps.....

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          mscoffee1 Mar 8, 2013 02:18 PM

          Also Pioneer is cash only and 11 - 5 M-Sat only. I had a good, juicy sandwich there today. I think Beefalo has more "pit" taste, which is good, but Pioneer is less of a dive than Pasadena Beefalo location. I enjoy both places.

          1. re: mscoffee1
            agarnett100 Mar 9, 2013 08:11 AM

            I have tried both Pioneer and Chaps and I have no preference either way both are good.

        2. re: flavrmeistr
          melpy Mar 10, 2013 01:13 PM

          Second Canopy and Gunnings.

        3. ineemeeny Mar 6, 2013 04:33 PM

          Another vote for Pioneer in Catonsville. It is excellent. And don't forget to ask for the tiger sauce! Hope you enjoy Baltimore!

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          1. re: ineemeeny
            HungryBaby Mar 6, 2013 07:10 PM

            What exactly is tiger sauce? sounds spicy..

            1. re: HungryBaby
              Bob W Mar 7, 2013 05:00 AM

              Tiger Sauce is made by Tulkoff's a Baltimore company. Excellent on pit beef.

              1. re: HungryBaby
                flavrmeistr Mar 7, 2013 02:34 PM

                Horseradish and mayonnaise, basically.

            2. fldhkybnva Mar 6, 2013 04:45 PM

              I have lived here for 6 years and never tried it and so am interested in the answers. A few weeks ago I almost ventured to Chaps but then read many reviews that it wasn't much special but would love to hear other opinions.

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                Steve Mar 6, 2013 04:58 PM

                Pioneer, no more than medium rare. it is just a shack underneath a highway overpass. No indoors, no seating.

                I am not a fan of Faidley's crabcakes.

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                1. re: Steve
                  HungryBaby Mar 6, 2013 07:06 PM

                  Is Faidley's overhyped?

                  1. re: HungryBaby
                    Bob W Mar 7, 2013 05:01 AM

                    I like Faidley's crabcakes but I can definitely see how the hype might exceed the reality.

                    My inlaws always insist we go to Pappas, on Taylor Ave in Northeast Baltimore, for crabcakes. The rest of the menu is nothing special, and the average age of the patrons is probably 75, but the crabcakes are very good.

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                  ConsApi Mar 6, 2013 05:15 PM

                  Charcoal Deli off York Road a bit north of Padonia.

                  Charcoal Griill, 8535 old Harford Road (near Perring Parkway Beltway exit, they also have good crab soup.)

                  Then there's Jake's on Falls Road,


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                  1. re: ConsApi
                    Bob W Mar 6, 2013 06:26 PM

                    we usually hit Charcoal Grill, it's near my in-laws house. Always get an order of charred ends on the side.

                    1. re: Bob W
                      HungryBaby Mar 6, 2013 07:06 PM

                      charred ends sounds ridiculously good. I guess I will have to add Charcoal Grill to the list of stops.

                  2. fldhkybnva Mar 7, 2013 07:26 AM

                    I have heard the crab cakes at G&M are quite good although I have never been.

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                    1. re: fldhkybnva
                      dining with doc Mar 8, 2013 02:51 PM

                      Not really..they use Asian imported crab and although they are huge they have an ammonia like smell and taste kind of gross.

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                        RC51Mike Mar 9, 2013 04:20 AM

                        Agree. I didn't get what all the fuss was with them. All that comes to mind is "muddy" when I think of those crab cakes. Lacked any real flavor, maybe as though the crabs grew up in a pair of dirty socks.

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                      laststandchili Mar 7, 2013 09:57 AM

                      Beefalo Bobs south of town in Pasadena.


                      I've only been to the carry out location. It's a definitive hole in the wall. Pit beef and fries are exceptional.

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                      1. re: laststandchili
                        maypo Mar 7, 2013 12:13 PM

                        Good place.....dunno about the Pasadena location...been to the one in Glen Burnie...

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                        hon Mar 8, 2013 11:27 AM

                        Pioneer is very good, I have heard Beefalo Bob's is great but haven't tried it yet. Also, Jake's on Falls Road is supposed to be great.
                        For seafood I go to Mamas on the Half Shell in Canton
                        I do like Thames Street Oyster House but find it pricey.

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                        1. re: hon
                          flavrmeistr Mar 9, 2013 12:40 PM

                          Yes, Thames Street is pricey but I could eat, like...5 of those lobster rolls. They are so good.

                        2. RC51Mike Mar 10, 2013 05:01 AM

                          Preference between Mama's on the Half Shell, Thames or Ryleighs?

                          I've been to Mama's once and loved it. Tried to get into Ryleighs but it was a two hour wait so skipped it (Ravens home game that night.)

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                          1. re: RC51Mike
                            hon Mar 10, 2013 07:49 AM

                            I would say Mamas, hands down!

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