The opening of RegionAle in Ellicott City, Maryland got a little lost in December’s holiday fervor.
RegionAle is a unique concept focusing in on iconic sandwiches from around the country along with having craft beers by the bottle and on tap (beers available starting January 17).
If all goes as planned, Chef/owner Kevin Curley is looking at his fast casual concept to grow. Curley, attended the prestigious Culinary Institute of America and the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University and also trained under Baltimore’s Award-Winning Restaurateur and Executive Chef Cindy Wolf.
What is an American regional iconic sandwich?
Well, for Maryland it is the crab cake sandwich, for Philadelphia the cheesesteak, Florida it is a Cubano, and Louisiana the Shrimp Po’Boy. RegionAle focuses in on 13 locally-sourced sammies along with a menu of full salads, soups, house made chips, house baked cookies and the central focus his takes on classic American sandwiches. Then there is always the featured sandwich, a special for a limited time and currently it is the New Orleans Muffuletta.
Curley puts his fresh twist on the made-from-scratch sandwiches, which are locally and seasonally sourced. Having tasted almost everyone of the RegionAle’s sandwiches my favorites are the Oregon Tuna Steak and the Louisiana Shrimp Po’Boy. At the tasting, others were gaga over the Indiana Pork Tenderloin and the Wisconsin Grilled Cheese which comes with a Mornay dipping sauce – everyone had a different favorite. Food is subjective! – Give it a try, and let us know your favorite.
By the way, the warm chocolate chip cookie I got to go didn’t even make it home – my car seat still has melted chocolate remnants.