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.

Matt October 11, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Not impressed with the bread at Canella's, will have to give this place a shot.
Liz October 11, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Best food ever!!! Canella's doesn't even compare!!!!
Brandon October 11, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Are there any vegetarian options at this restaurant. A nice felafel would be good to find in perry hall.
Amanda Svehla October 11, 2012 at 04:19 PM
This place is delicious!!! I will definitely be going back. The turkey club and old bay fries are awesome!!!
Amanda Svehla October 11, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Yes, the have a vegetarian powerhouse sandwich that my coworker got. He said it was good!
Sarah Deacon October 11, 2012 at 05:02 PM
More vegetarian and vegan offerings are needed at all restaurants in Perry Hall... it is nice to have some choice. Roasted veggies are delicious and so healthy.
Honeygo Hal October 11, 2012 at 05:51 PM
I tried the Mobtown (cold cut.) The roll tastes fine, but the hard crust made it hard to eat - the meat slides to the other end of the sub and starts to push out the end. Also tried the cole slaw. Very well prepared, but not a taste that I like. That said, I will go back to try some more - maybe the bison burger next. And Cannella's need not worry - I'm happy there are more high-quality sandwich stores in Perry Hall (maybe not my wallet, though.)
Stacey Schantz October 11, 2012 at 06:52 PM
You had me at StoneMill Bread!!! LOVE that place! Will absolutely try this place soon!
Nancy October 11, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Do they wear gloves when preparing the sandwiches? The photos show no gloves - gross!!
Canadian Bacon October 11, 2012 at 11:30 PM
I have been there twice the last two weeks and I was not disappointed either time. The food is great and the staff is friendly. Best of luck!!
Tim October 12, 2012 at 01:19 AM
OT: You are very right, I do watch them, even with gloves.
You October 12, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Awesome! A "real" cold cut, and true, fresh sandwiches. Love the fact they have bison! I have been a huge bison fan for 10 years now! All the other shops in the area have less then average subs and sandwiches that taste bland and spice-less. I have been craving real subs made right and fresh.
You October 12, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Oh please Nancy!
Audra Verga October 12, 2012 at 01:12 PM
I love ravage deli!!! Thank god we got an amazing sandwich shop in the P- Hall . Everything I've tried is awesome!!! Especially the duck fat French fries. And the staff is so friendly:)
B October 19, 2012 at 10:30 AM
I enjoyed my El Cubano samich and duck fat fries.
B October 19, 2012 at 10:32 AM
lol I suggest never watching food network then. When they plate their meals they literally play with the food. Clean hands or clean gloves make no difference to me.
Brandon October 21, 2012 at 08:16 PM
so you want every restaurant to serve exactly the same thing? Couldn't you just go to another restaurant to get what you want? Whats the point of this comment? Try eating exclusively vegetarian for a week and go to avariety of restaurants.Most places will offer you one veggy option and those that wont will offer you, "we have a salad..." Then after you eat a salad three times a day for a week come back and whine about your "plain old cheese." We don't need to be all the same. How about a falafel sandwhich in Perry Hall? Where can I get one of those? Seems like I need to go to Fells Point or Towson for that. All you have to do is walk across the street to the grocery store.
Brandon October 22, 2012 at 12:37 AM
un No, i'm not one of the owners. You might consider asking that as a question in stead of making an assumption. I am just a perry hall resident looking for something other than the same old menu. You should try to understand that we live in a diverse community and we do not all want to eat the same thing every time we eat.
Brandon October 22, 2012 at 12:41 AM
And I find it offended that you believe vegetarians are nut jobs. You, my friend are intolerant of diversity. BUt i will refrain from calling you names.
Jeanne October 22, 2012 at 08:07 PM
I went to a restaurant that had several choices of cheese but did not have American Cheese, never went back so I guess I won't be trying this deli. To:Brandon when I order a sandwich I should not have to go to the store to get American Cheese it should be available at the restaurant especially if they have a wide range of cheeses.
Nancy October 22, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Don't "Oh, please" me Happy Wayne! I have a right to my opinion. Thanks to the others who make a good point about the gloves.
Parkvillehoney October 22, 2012 at 08:33 PM
When I was growing up, no one wore gloves. Everyone I knew was healthy as can be. I don't condone filth but I believe germs build up an immunity in your system. I am sure Ravage Deli use gloves to make your food. If they don't, they wiil now after reading these Patch posts.
Parkvillehoney October 22, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Maybe, Ravage Deli can treak their menu to add these sub choices. My grandsons are plain vanilla, they only like a cold cut sandwich with yellow American cheese. If they want my business, they will have to accomodate this simple request. How hard is it to put a basic cold cut sub on their menu. Since so many people go to delis for their supper, this should be a choice for their customers.
Tim October 22, 2012 at 08:46 PM
I noticed this as well - the basic cold cut sub. I also ordered a Cuban. It was decent. I really struggled deciding what I wanted, which leads into my next commentary: What drove me nuts was their menu. It was impossible to really decide on anything in a short period of time, and they don't have it posted anywhere online. They have a facebook page. There seemed to be no rhyme or reason to their menu, you would see a cold sandwich listed, then a hot, then a burger, it was all over the place - overwhelming. I tried their french onion soup, it was nothing out of the ordinary. My wife tried a BLT and liked it a lot. My Cuban was pretty good, but truthfully it's not my favorite sandwich, I just sorta threw my hands up after a couple minutes staring at the menu and said "Ok, I'll get that".
Parkvillehoney October 22, 2012 at 08:56 PM
I hope the owners post on this page how they can serve their customers. Easier to read menus, a place where you can look over the menu before you order, how about calling in an order for P/U. I always call in my order for P/U, so I need to look over a menu before I order. They are a new business, so there will be growing pains. Let's hope they take these comments to heart. I am sure they will be successful, if they just listen to their customers.
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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