I get the 49. Every time.
Have you ever been to a “hole in the wall” for a bite to eat, only to be shocked at how good the food is there? These tend to be very memorable experiences, and quickly find that soft spot in our hearts. For me, it’s Taneytown Deli on Fredrick Road in Maryland.
How I Met Taneytown Deli
While attending UMBC, a college that is within close proximity to Taneytown Deli, I overheard a rumor. I knew these magical places tend to pass by word of mouth in secluded hallways, so I was compelled to investigate. I got a close group of friends together, and we embarked on our journey.
Now, Taneytown Deli isn’t your typical fast food joint. You see, it has very selective hours. 6am – 3pm on weekdays to be exact, so we were fortunate to chance upon it being open at all. And, like many of these mom-and-pop shops, the menu has an outrageous amount of options. It’s enough to intimidate even the hungriest of college students.
Over 80 sandwiches, most of them numbered, are found on a tri-folding paper menu. The staff is polite, but also very curt. In other words, you better know what you want when you step up to the counter, because the 20 people behind you have little sympathy for “new” customers. Once you’re indoctrinated into the Taneytown ways, you’ll become a regular quickly.
The “Farmer and the Deli”, “Fud Clucker”, “Home on the Range”, and the infamous “Jaw Breaker” are among the favorites at Taneytown. And although I don’t care for them, I’m told they have one amazing rueben.
I think Taneytown was my first real deli experience, and it hasn’t been topped yet. If you’re in Maryland near Fredrick Road, do yourself a favor and look this place up.
Oh, and I always get the 49.
What are your favorite secluded places to eat?