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Nov 14, 2006 04:30 PM

Chowish spot for dinner near BWI

I am at a BWI hotel (Hilton) for one night on Thursday. I would love to eat outside the hotel, but I will be cabbing it. Can anyone recommend a place to go to dinner that would not be that expensive of a cab ride? I will be by myself so something casual is appreciated with a bar if possible.



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  1. G&M Restaurant for crabcakes. ( )
    Very close to the airport.

    8 Replies
    1. re: cranrob

      I've been claiming that G&M was horrible for years now, but a couple of months ago I was joined by enough people that I think it qualifies as a full fledged downhill alert.

      If you're willing to spring for a cab ride to the Ellicott City/Columbia area (which would possibly be more than you're willing to spend) there's a few places. Other than that, nothing.

      1. re: JonParker

        Because of the downhill alert on G&M, when last in the area we went to Timbuktu. The crabcakes were good. The atmosphere is certainly downscale. If I had it to do over again, I would get the crabcakes from the Timbuktu carryout . . .

          1. re: Bonz

            Timbuktu is not bad for crabcakes, but the owners of this joint supposedly also own G&M. You can compared their menus. You will only like Timbuktu/G&M crabcakes if you don't mind a flavored filler in your crabcakes. By no means are they all lump crab meat. Also, a lot of butter and heavy mayonnaise is used, so prepare to feel bloated. Timbuktu also has a takeout area in their attached liquor store, so you can get takeout without having to go into the restaurant.

            1. re: Chownut

              G&M was sold about six months ago by the owner of Timbuktu. The Timbuktu lounge often has an unpleasant aroma that I just can't seem to get past. I prefer Gunnings just down the street. Decent bar, good crabcakes and fresher fish, as Gunnings is the main supplier of fish to all seafood restaurants in the area. It's also about a ten minute ride from BWI.

          2. re: JonParker

            I would love to hear your recommendations for Ellicott City, and Columbia (I have family in Columbia, who would come to meet me - although I always get lost there - too many streets named Blue Heron Way, or Blue Heron Ave, or Blue Heron Blvd, and they all merge into something else... but I digress).

            1. re: Booger

              You might want to make a new thread for this... I think there are enough good places in Columbia and Ellicott City that they deserve their own thread!

        1. Taking the light rail into Baltimore might be a possibility.

          1. If you like Thai, there is a good Thai restaurant called Little Spice on Dorsey Road in Hanover, just east of Ridge Road (which turns into Arundel Mills Road or whatever they call it now - it goes past the Arundel Mills megamall).

            1. You're about a 10 minute cab ride to Glen Burnie. If you like Korean or sushi, you could try Goong Jeon at 202 N Crane Highway. Good bulgogi, bulgalbi, and chap chai. If you want a sushi appetizer, tell them you want it BEFORE the main meal. They're pretty fast with the Korean food but slow with the sushi.


              1. Personally, I really like this little hole-in-the-wall sushi place in Linthicum - it's maybe a 5 minute cab ride from the Hilton. Matsu, it's called. Usually not terribly busy, but great sushi, nice service. Matsu Japanese Restaurant, 517 S Camp Meade Rd, Linthicum Hts, MD, 410.850.0009.

                I also like Michner's restaurant, which is in the 4 Points Sheraton at the Airport - food is decent, nice little wine list, but nothing spectacular.

                Those are the places I've liked near the airport... good luck!

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                1. re: heeter

                  I can definitely second both Matsu and Michener's, with the caveat that while Michener's is a hotel restaurant (usually a chowhound warning sign!), it's a decent one.

                  Another poster has mentioned Los Portales, for decent (not fabulous) Mexican within cab-drive range

                  One "sleeper" if you don't mind going a bit up-scale is the Elkridge Furnace Inn. Most of us don't think of it as "near BWI", but going from the BWI-area hotels, and taking the back road (down Winterson, then ???) through the woods, it's actually within reasonable cab ride range.
                  The only trick is that you will have to make sure you have a cabbie who knows the back way - if the cab takes the main roads (195 to route 1 south, then back into Elkridge) the distance and fare will probably at least double.

                  1. re: Warthog

                    I went to Matsu for the first time based on your recommendation to another poster about a year ago or so. I think you have great taste in restaurants, Warthog!!

                    1. re: Warthog

                      I was out doing errands the other day, and had an opportunity to check the mileage, just to verify my memory was correct about the Elkridge Furnace Inn being fairly close, since I'd not driven those roads in a long time. The "back roads" from the Hilton Garden Inn on West Nursery to Elkridge Furnace Inn clocks in at about 3 miles, one way.
                      The route is to go down Winterson past the Northop facility, follow it around to the right, then down the hill, under 195 and the railroad tracks, then take the right turn after you come out of the underpasses. Follow that around, and you're there.

                      1. re: Warthog

                        Warthog, I'm surprised at your recommendation of the Elkridge Furnace Inn - I thought it had a reputation as a a charming location for a wedding or other catered affair with semi-expensive mediocre food at best. And my one trip there bore that out. Should I be giving it another try?

                        1. re: Denise

                          It's been so long since I've been there, I don't have an opinion one way or another. I only mentioned it because some seem to like it, and it's in a location that might make it not come to mind as being within cab range of where the OP was starting, even though it's actually closer than many of the places being mentioned.

                          So take my mention as a "Caveat Emptor, but this place *is* within cab range, even though one might not think of it", rather than a full recommendation.

                          The pickings are slim enough within cab range that it doesn't hurt to mention all possibilities.

                          Another example might be Snyder's Willow Grove. It's in range (just north of G&M's on Hammonds Ferry Road), but it's been so long since I've been there that I can't state an opinion on it. I haven't got any good reason that I've not been there, other than it also looks like a "specializing in special events" place.

                          1. re: Warthog

                            Snyder's Willow Grove is a snooze - not bad, but there is nothing on the menu to get excited over. It attracts a decidedly gray hair crowd.

                            In that area, I go to the Olive Grove Restaurant (705 N. Hammond Ferry Road, Linthicum) for crabcakes. Better than G&M, but the cakes still have some filler, so crabcake purists will not be impressed.

                            If I were spending the night near the airport, I would splurge on the taxi and go to Tersiguel's in Ellicott City.

                            1. re: Denise

                              Crab Cakes have to have a modest amount of filler to make a cake, otherwise they would just be a pile of crabmeat.

                              1. re: hon

                                If anyone wants a pile of lump backfin crabmeat as a crabcake, they should try Jerry's Seafood in Lanham, MD. Onetime I ordered the cream of crab, and they piled on top a big scoop of lump backfin.