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Dinner with a picky elderly woman in Baltimore?

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I am looking for Baltimore dinner spots where I can take my elderly grandmother. She loves to eat out, but she is picky about food and service. The menu must include very straightforward meat-and-potatoes stuff, although it need not be limited to this, as I am adventurous. The service must be excellent, as she is impatient. And the place needs to be quiet, as she is near-deaf. Moreover, we need easy parking, as she's not particulary mobile. In short: she's a challenge.

The reigning favorite is Linwood's, in Owings Mills. And her all-time favorite is the Prime Rib, in downtown Baltimore, but this is too pricey to be in the regular rotation.


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    1. re: profjmm

      Maybe for lunch but only for lunch. If the Prime Rib is too pricey, OG definitely will be. $30+ for an entree? Sheesh.

    2. Have you thought about the Peppermill in Lutherville? I see quite a few elderly folks dining there so it must meet their needs.

      1. Peppermill was where my Mother took my Grandmother every week before she passed away. They tolerated everything. Grandmom was at Pickersgill.

        1. I am not a huge Brass Elephant fan, but it definitely meets those criteria. (Do they have valet parking?)

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          1. I say peppermill and the creamy shrimp on bread dish is amazing.

            1. If you want to combine a nice drive and small town charm on the bay - try the Bayou restaurant in Havre de Grace. Good, basic fare - good service - on Rt 40 - for dessert go into town and have dessert at the Ritz cafe. For dining on the water - Tidewater Grill is another option - there are a number of places to check out in Havre de Grace

              1. The food at the Peppermill is undistinguished at best. The elderly (my mom and her friens are regulars) go there for low prices and big portions. Service is OK. Oregon Grille is a very good choice at lunch, and Christopher and David (York and Padonia) is fairly priced with good food and nice atnosphere.

                1. You didn't mention one key factor: The size of your possible inheritance. 8>D

                  1. If you're willing to try something more on the Italian side... when my husband's grandmother visits Baltimore, we always take her to La Scala in Little Italy. It's usually very quiet, and they have a good menu of "traditional" Italian choices (pastas, chicken/veal parmigiana, etc.) and also steak and seafood choices. The service is good. I'm not sure if they have valet parking.