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July 25, 2008

A better look at Crossroads

crossroadsCrossroads Bar & Restaurant (3328 Foster Ave.) doesn't look nearly as devious by day.

When I drove by a week or two ago and took this photo, I was really tempted to get out of the car and scream:


Side note: What in tarnation is sour beef? And why would you advertise it?

Nasty, nasty, nasty.

I hear back in the day, Crossroads was the place to be.

Eric Clapton even wrote a song about it

(Photo by me) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 1:21 PM | | Comments (9)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


I'm not so sure that this is what cousin Eric had in mind.....

What? You don't know what sour beef is? I grew up in Towson during the Reagan years and even I know about sour beef. It is a "Baltimorized" German dish that was one of the big specials down at the now defunct Haussners and is also still served at German Festivals accross the State. It is a potroast-like beef that is slow cooked in a sweet tangy brown gravy (which tastes like it has a lot of vinegar in it) with dumplings. It is actually surprisingly good especially accompanyied by a Paulaner or a Spaten ... PROST! ... :-)

Sour Beef is German but not to be confused with Sauerbraten. One seems to involve very heavy dumplings but I don't know which.

the BEST place for SOur Beef is the Eastern House on Eastern Avenue. In this Eyetalian's opinion.

Whaaa? How can you not loooooove sour beef and dumplings. It's one of my fav down home meals.

I'll tell ya how -- I'm an Italian farm boy from the Eastern Shore who's never so much as heard of sour beef. And to me, it sounds nasty.

I heard it goes great with Broadway fries with vinegar as well...


You're better off NOT knowing about sour beef and dumplings. It's artery clogging, and you're far too young to have clogged arteries.

In college, my roommates and I referred to this one girl as Roast Beef. Sour Beef would have been 100 times better.

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