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.

The Return

I’ve been blogging on and off since before the term blogging was even being used. Back in the day when we had personal websites and you were a mighty big deal if you had your own domain name. I’ve been tossing around the idea of getting back into the role of a blogger, and as you can see, I finally stepped back onto the playing field. Oh goodie, another blog of pointless drivel. Quite possibly; but it is about me fleshing back out my personal brand and giving me an outlet to focus on the things that make me happy as well as explore the inner works of my own brain.

The question I’m sure you are not asking right now is what will you get to find here when you visit the site? Things that I find of interest, musings on various topics, probably a lot of stuff about business, food, beer, adventure and mental instability. Expect some lighthearted commentary, without any layers of artificial BS. I’ll be more than happy to review a product for you, but be warned, if I think it sucks I’m going to say so. Just because you gave me something for free doesn’t mean I’m going to like it. You have been warned. If you take yourself too seriously, this blog will likely offend you. I have no problem calling people out when it is needed to make an example for one of my posts. I’m not trying to be a dick, just honest.

I have a goal to keep things positive and forward looking, so if I ever get too drawn into negativity or the past, please feel free to smack me around in the comments. I’ve already got a few posts outlined in my head, the first of which will be covering the concept of lack of communication and it’s prevalence in certain industries. Am I an expert? No. Opinionated? Very much so.

The gloves are off. Let the games begin.