It's been just short of a year that Gil's Pit Beef has been open in Glenville, but in that short time it's already been a hit. Owner Tom Gilbert moved to the area from Maryland to be closer to family and to work at Glenville State College, but missed out on some of the great barbecue he remembered from the coast. So he decided to take matters into his own hands.
"Every time we'd come here, we'd think, 'Gosh, if there was just something really kind of fresh,' and we grabbed onto this in Maryland and really liked it, and we thought, 'Hey, we're here, let's try it,'" said Gilbert.
It's been a big hit since then. Gilbert and his family started making their barbecue at the local farmer's market, and it took off with the locals. Pit beef isn't a type of barbecue seen as often in this area, but it does have a big history in his home state.
"It started out on the dock in Maryland when all the dock workers put their money together, and they started making food for each other. They would barbecue out on the docks, and that's how they ate their lunch," Gilbert said.
Since opening its doors earlier this year, the family business has added more than beef to its menu. They also feature turkey and pork, sliced as thin as possible, with family recipe sauces and rubs and plenty of sides. Even with all the options, owner Danny Gilbert said there are a few dishes that bring everyone through their doors.
"I think our most popular special would be the turkey bacon Swiss, and we have a garlic parmesan sauce that's a house sauce here that we put on that. Whenever we have that special, people are busting down our doors, that and our reuben sandwich," said Danny Gilbert.
Gil's Pit Beef is open from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday. It's located just off Route 5 on Creekside Boulevard in Glenville.