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Best Pit Beef

Chaps Pit Beef

5801 Pulaski Highway, (410) 483-2379

Posted 9/17/2003

Cliché alert! The best barbecue/fried chicken/soul food/what have you is to be found at roadside shacks with lots of American-made pickup trucks in the parking lot and lots of guys wearing uniforms inside. We here in the journalism business are supposed to avoid clichés, but the thing is, there are a lot of American-made trucks outside Chaps, and quite a few uniformed cops, firefighters, and EMTs inside. Heck, even the customers not in uniform are wearing uniforms: work crews in Dickies and red T-shirts, female office workers in business attire.

But what really matters is the pit beef--that is, the native variety of barbecue: hardwood-smoked, thinly sliced beef, served on a kaiser roll or maybe rye bread, topped with sliced onions and horseradish. At Chaps, it's damn good, and the folks there cook it all day long, to your specification (we like ours bloody). You can also get burgers, grilled chicken, sausage, and the like at this joint just inside the city-county line, but they're all just OK (same with the fries, beans, and coleslaw), so stick to the pit.

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Other Awards for Best Pit Beef:

Maria Kaimakis' Pit Beef Cart, 9/16/2009

Pioneer Pit Beef, 9/17/2008

Chaps Pit Beef, 9/19/2007

Jerry D's Seafood, 9/20/2006

Bull on the Run, 9/21/2005

Feb. 26, Approximately 3 p.m., 9/18/2002

Chaps Pit Beef, 9/19/2001

Big Al's, 9/13/2000

All Awards for Chaps Pit Beef:

Best Pit Beef, 9/19/2007

Best Pit Beef, 9/19/2001

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