Elizabeth Large's Top 11

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Some are made with gingersnap gravy, some have red cabbage on the side, and all the versions come with dumplings or potato pancakes. Sauerbraten, or sour beef, is one of Baltimore's favorite Old World comfort foods.

Here's the alphabetical list, with the prices because I thought the range was interesting. *I'm actually giving you 11 restaurants; at the moment one of them is closed for renovations:


Burke's Cafe downtown, $12.05


Dimitri's on Frederick Road, $16; lunch, $8.50


Eichenkranz in Highlandtown, $11.20


Josef's in Fallston, $17.95


Kibby's on Wilkens Avenue, near St. Agnes Hospital, $13.60


Old Stein Inn in Edgewater, $20


Parkside Fine Food & Spirits in Lauraville, $15


Patrick's in Cockeysville, $16.50 (currently closed for remodeling)


Sanders' Corner near Loch Raven reservoir, $16.95


Silver Spring Mining Company, area locations, 1/2 order $9.99, or full order $17.29


Sunset in Glen Burnie, $17.50

readers talk back

It's only breakfast time, but you've made me hungry for sour beef. That's mean. :-)

Posted by: Bob Roberts

Rallo's in Fed Hill. And don't forget to pick up a Peppermint Pattie on the way out.

Posted by: Adam

I'm not surprised my family's restaurant, Della Rose's, was omitted as it has always been under the radar, however, we have served sour beef and dumplings since 1961 when it was located in Overlea. My mom, Miss Josie, is still working full time in the kitchen and the sour beef is served all year. She has received many compliments on it over the years and has a steady following state-wide.

Posted by: Linda Della Rose

The best "old-school" sour beef and dumplings can be found at the Poplar Inn in Dundalk. They are my first stop when I crave comfort food.

Posted by: Kevin

Roman's Place (near Patterson Park, on Decker St) has great sour beef and dumplings (made with red skin potatoes)

Posted by: Brian

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