Beef with a barnyard theme

C.J.'s: Rural accents mix with sports games on TV at a pub known for its barbecue.

Restaurant profile

September 19, 2002|By Jody K. Vilschick | Jody K. Vilschick,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

C.J.'s Beef Barn and Pub takes you back to the farm.

With overalls on the wall and upside-down milk buckets as chandeliers, the farm decor complements the menu, which features barbecued beef and pork, as well as pit beef.

"We used to be in a barn," said Cecil Jones, the owner. "When we shifted over to the strip center eight years ago, we decided to keep that theme."

Jones is proud of the restaurant that he opened -- almost by accident -- 20 years ago. "We've been around a long time and have built up a good, solid business," he said. "But when we first got started, I remember thinking I didn't know what I'd gotten myself into."

The restaurant was the brainchild of Junior and Bobbie Myers, who owned the Glenwood land that was home to the original "beef barn," a 20-foot-by-20-foot barn-like structure.

"I was a bartender in a place off Route 40, near St. Johns Lane," Jones said. "Junior would come in a lot and talk to me about opening a barbecue place on property he owned."

Jones was finally persuaded and drove over to see what the Myerses had in mind. He made the decision to open the restaurant, and C.J.'s was born.

"We're known for our pork barbecue and pit beef," Jones said. But the restaurant offers many sandwiches and 6- or 12-inch subs, including pit ham and turkey, barbecued beef and pork, steak, cheese steak, crab cake, chicken breast, fish and hamburgers. Chicken, egg and tuna salad is also available.

The restaurant also offers side dishes including baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, macaroni salad and, of course, french fries (with gravy or barbecue sauce) and onion rings. The soups, which are all homemade, include chili and Maryland crab.

"At first we didn't get a lot of business -- we were back behind another building," Jones said. "But the word got around, and when the new strip center was built, we moved into it and eventually expanded.

"Our landlord gave us first chance on new space opening up in the center," he said. "When it did, I decided to open the pub. Now people can come in for some food and a beer and relax."

The pub's several televisions are often tuned to sports events. "We're fans of both the Redskins and the Ravens," Jones said. "We put both games on."

Now that football season has started, Jones has started looking forward to the Super Bowl. "We always have a Super Bowl party," he said. "It's a lot of fun. We'll keep them fed for the game.

"We get a lot of families who come here after their kids' sports activities," Jones said. "Especially on Saturdays, we're packed."

C.J.'s Beef Barn and Pub

Where: 2465 Route 97, Inwood Shopping Center, Glenwood; 410-489-4224.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. (Pub is open later.)

Prices: $5.95 to $10.99.

Credit cards: American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover

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