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Deli Adds Gourmet Flair to Perry Hall's Sandwich Scene

Ravage Deli sells chef-made sandwiches in the Brick Bodies Square shopping center.

What do you get when you mix two fine dining chefs, a former bar manager and a revamped Chinese restaurant?

The answer is Perry Hall's newest sandwich shop: Ravage Deli at 9636 Belair Rd.

"I love making sandwiches," said Aaron Stahlmann, one of Ravage Deli's three co-owners. "I've cooked in about 20 restaurants, everywhere from fine dining to cruise ships to four-star hotels. I've done a little bit of everything and I've just always wanted a deli."

Stahlmann's journey to Perry Hall started at Yosemite National Park, where he worked as the executive chef of Evergreen Lodge. There he met bar manager and girlfriend Rachel Hanson, a Perry Hall native, and became friends with banquet chef Eric Davis.

Market pressures, however, caused the trio to leave California in 2011.

"I don't want to say that fine dining is dead, but with the economy, it's not how it was. All of sudden it got a lot slower and wages went down," Stahlmann said.

Hanson added: "We pretty much got tired of working 15 hours a day for other people."

After a stint in North Carolina, they traveled to Hanson's hometown, where her mother still lives in the Seven Courts neighborhood. When a former Chinese restaurant's space became available in Brick Bodies Square, they decided to try their luck at starting a deli. 

Following a shared investment of about $75,000, Ravage Deli opened last month. Within the first week, they began selling between 40 to 50 sandwiches a day, according to Stahlmann.

The owners pride themselves on using locally sourced ingredients and made-from-scratch sauces. Sandwiches with names like "The Mile High Rueben" and "The Noble Pig" range from $7 to $13.25. An assortment of sides include "Lump Crab Mac 'n' Cheese" and "Duck Fat French Fries."

Stahlmann said prices tend to be $1 to $2 higher than local competitors, but the upped size and quality account for the difference.

The shop's bread is from Stone Mill Bakery in Lutherville, the fresh pork and beef are from Wagon Wheel Ranch in Mount Airy, and the bison meat is from Gunpowder Bison in Monkton.

"We're supporting locals. It's farm to table—you want to keep it as fresh as possible," Hanson said. "If we were to have Sysco or US Foods bring in all of our supplies, it would be cheaper, which is crazy because it's coming from across the country. Local costs more but you need it to make good products."

Davis added: "Fresh is best. There's a new wave of people interested in where their food comes from, and we embrace that. We're trying to bring that here, northeast of Baltimore."

For Hanson, who now serves sandwiches to her family members and childhood friends around Perry Hall, the shop's culinary experiment is more personal.

"Every day we get a little busier. Hopefully people will come in and try us and keep coming back," she said.

Brandon October 22, 2012 at 09:04 PM
My point is, they have a right to sell what they want. We still have that right in this coutry. If you want Ameri an average cheese go somewhere they sell it. If every restaurant were exactly tbe same we would never need to try any place new.
Honeygo Hal October 22, 2012 at 09:18 PM
My daughter says their menu is on their Facebook page. My guess is they're trying to keep the costs down in the beginning, so no Web site. I tried the Mobtown. As mentined above, I did not like the roll with the hard crust. When I looked at the sub, it looked good with lots of meat, but it tasted like one large mass of meat. I tried Cannella's Italian cold cut a couple days later (which I have had many times), and there was no comparison. For cold cuts, my vote goes to Cannella's - I'll never get the Ravage again. Now the Bison Burger is quite a different story. It was great - thick, tasty, loved the roll - I'll definitely be back for more (despite the cost). I also had the Duck Fat Fries, and they were great, but I'll stay away from them on a regular basis 'cause I'm sure they aren't the most healthy thing for me. I'll keep trying their stuff to find out what takes me there and what steers me to Cannella's. It's great to have 2 shops like this in Perry Hall! One down note - we found out today that they are closed on Monday - quick change of selections to Cannella's.
Parkvillehoney October 22, 2012 at 09:20 PM
It would make my life a little easier if they sold a basic cold cut sub with American chesse. I will try the more exotic subs. I would like to make one stop to buy the basic cold cut subs for my grandsons along with my sub. Hey, it gives Ravage Deli all my business (more money) instead of a portion of it.
Parkvillehoney October 22, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Thanks, Honeygo Hal for the 'heads up" about their menu being on Facebook. I will check it out and give them a try this week. I will call 1st to see if they can make basic cold cut subs with yellow American chesse for my grandkids. Sounds like a great dinner for our family one day this week.
Julia October 29, 2012 at 07:58 PM
The caprese sandwich is the best thing I've ever eaten!

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