Zagat’s 50 Sandwiches: Maryland’s is…

The Lake Trout Sandwich? Not a Crab Cake Sandwich, or even more appropriately a Pit Beef Sandwich (from Chap’s of course). To say I’m perplexed would be an understatement. Close to 90% of the people I shared this with have never even had a Lake Trout Sandwich, and these are all lifelong Maryland residents. Something is fishy here, and I’m not talking about the sandwich.

From the article:

Lake trout sandwiches are ubiquitous in Baltimore, where they’re sold everywhere from check-cashing spots to Chinese restaurants. Funny enough though, the fish – fried in cornmeal or crushed crackers and served between slices of white bread with a vinegar-based hot sauce – isn’t from a lake nor is it a trout at all. It’s typically a fish known as whiting or silver hake in the Northeast. Whatever it’s called, you’ll need to watch out for bones as you crunch down, although at the same time, those bones are a hallmark of a properly done lake trout sandwich. Snag one at Roost Lake Trout, which claims to have “the best” lake trout in town.

So, “ubiquitous in Baltimore”? I thought this was supposed to be a Maryland Sandwich, not a Baltimore Sandwich? I can say with absolute certainty that places that serve Lake Trout Sandwiches are not ubiquitous in Maryland as a whole. You know what is ubiquitous in Maryland? Crab Cake Sandwiches and Pit Beef Sandwiches. Please, go ahead, tell me I’m wrong. I’m not saying every single Crab Cake or Pit Beef is going to knock your socks off, but they are much more ubiquitous across our fair state than Lake Trout will ever be.

I’ve been told by a number of people that the Lake Trout Sandwich is super tasty (yes, I have never had one), and that I need to try one for myself. This is not a fact I’m arguing, and I will absolutely add it to my list of foods to try, but it still does not change the fact it is not a Maryland Sandwich but a Baltimore one. I’m sorry folks, contrary to what The Wire told you, there is more to Maryland than Baltimore.

Sorry Zagat, but you got this one wrong. So in closing I’m going to leave you with this, the real Maryland Sandwich:

Chap's Pit Beef Sandwich

The BEST Pit Beef you will ever have. A real Maryland Sandwich.

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