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I was in Baltimore for a soccer match for the first time in five years, and I took the opportunity to hit a few places for quick carryout opportunities. I had no intention of eating all this food on site. I wanted to have a really good variety of what makes Baltimore so special for a Chowhound and take the rest back to eat during the week.
It worked out better than I could have imagined.
First up was a cemita de milanesa de pollo at Cinco de Mayo Taqueria. The cemita is baked all dark brown and has two layers of super thin, intensely crispy milanesa de pollo, cooked to order. Also making this a huge sandwich was avocado, queso fresco, jalapenos, lettuce, tomato and mayo. It was heavenly.
Next stop was L&L Catering. It is a carry out located inside an apartment building, Harlem Gardens. It is 'famous' for being the home of Big Bean Theory, but nowadays that is only Mondays and Tuesdays when you can get their fantastic black bean soup with smoked turkey and lots of other goodies.
On a Saturday, I got a fried fish sandwich and 4 chicken wings, both featuring Yula's very awesome bean sauce (from Big Bean Theory.) I overheard someone ordering their wings this way - it's not marked on the menu. Not only is the bean sauce very special but the sandwich and the wings were seriously thoughtful. The sandwich was two planks of fish fried to a hot crisp with mixed greens, tomato, and red onion on a soft, buttery roll. The wings were fried dark brown and had the bean sauce delicately drizzled on top. Maybe the best fried wings I've ever had.
I also went to get Polish food at Sophia's Place in the Broadway Market for very righteously plump stuffed cabbage in a pink sauce that has a surprising and addictive kick to it, plus their terrific borscht.
My last stop was Pioneer Pit Beef for a pound of rare roast beef. Every slice is like a poem, all delicate yet hot and moist and juicy, perfect for snacking on during the drive back to DC.
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