Courtesy Ravage Deli
Courtesy Ravage Deli

We’re only about 100 miles from Philly, but hometown specialties here skew more towards crabs and seafood than griddle-cooked steak and cheese on a bun. Just ask Andrew Zimmern and the Travel Channel.

And yet, according to the Food Network, there’s at least one spot around Baltimore where Philadelphia natives can go to get a proper taste of home. Ravage Deli in Nottingham is among the best makers of the Philly cheesesteak not in Philadelphia, the network says.

The Sun first reported that the Baltimore County eatery made the cut for its use of dry-aged, locally farmed Black Angus beef in its cheesesteaks. After the cook slices the rounds of meat, he cooks them with clarified butter and seasons them with salt and pepper before throwing them on the grill. The meat is then chopped and served with cheese and a touch of bone broth on a hoagie roll.

The quality and technique seem to be a bit more gourmet than what you’d expect on the street in Philly, but that’s probably a good thing. The menu also boasts items with artisan ingredients, including duck fat fries and a Kobe beef burger, as well as Maryland favorites like a crab grilled cheese and locally farmed brisket.

Those who want to find out for themselves can visit Ravage Deli on at 9636 Belair Road in the Northview Shopping Center.

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Ethan McLeod

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...