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Feb 1, 2007 05:48 PM

1/2 Between Baltimore and Annapolis

Fellow hounds,

I need some recs for restaurants between Annapolis and Baltimore for a business lunch. Price isn't an issue, I prefer good food in a smaller place. Must be conversation friendly, not loud.


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  1. I haven't been in perhaps five years, but Alberto's was fairly good Italian and it's about halfway and right off of 97. The atmosphere is what you're looking for, maybe somebody out there has an update on the food.

    1. Agree on the Alberto rec. Also if you're closer to Route 2 there's Cynthias in Severna Park: (don't let the strip-shopping-center locale dissuade you).

      1. Haven't been, but I've heard good things about Cafe Breton. Don't know if they are open for lunch. Woodfire might also be a possible, and I seem to recall a French/Vietnamese place (upscale, not a "pho joint") in a little strip mall right near the intersection of Benfield and Jumpers Hole in Severna Park. Perhaps a S.P. local can provide more info on any or all of these.

        Thai Gour in Glen Burnie might be a possible, or even Sunset, if you want to go for the "old school" appeal.

        For Japanese, Matsu in Linthicum (Camp Meade Road, right next to the Post Office) might be a good pick.

        As for the prior poster suggestions, a co-worker says good things about Cynthia's, and unless Trattoria Alberto has gone dramatically downhill in the past few years, it would also be a good rec.

        1. Right on Rte. 3 at Waugh Chapel in Gambrills/Crofton is a decent place called The Four Seasons Grille. I know they're open for lunch. Also, a quick place in the same complex (The Village at Waugh Chapel) is The Italian Market.

          1. Just so you know - the Italian Market is a cafeteria line "pizza by the slice" place.

            Between Baltimore and Annapolis via Route 2, I would throw in Garry's Grill and Woodfire.
            Or how about MJ Wagners Via Mia?

            7 Replies
            1. re: Denise

              Garry's Grill isn't that close to Route 2, is it? Isn't it more like Quarterfield Road next to I-97?

              1. re: Hal Laurent

                Garry's Grill's address is 553 A B&A Blvd. Severna Park - just a couple blocks off Ritchie Highway.

                1. re: Denise

                  There are 2 Gary's, one on Quarterfield Rd in Glen Burnie and the one who's S.P. address you give above. They also own Woodfire Grill in S.P.

                  All 3 are pretty good places.

              2. re: Denise

                Yes, the Italian Market is cafeteria style. It is still decent and in the area. It's not just pizza. Their pasta dishes are pretty good, and my husband loves their cheese steaks. I think it's good if time is more of an issue than cost.

                1. re: AlyKen

                  Italian Market is a quick, reasonably-priced spot for decent Italian food, and definitely worth a visit. Counter service, rather than "cafeteria-style" is a more accurate description, I think. The atmosphere and noise level is okay, too.

                  Gotta have the gelato on the way out. Superb. I'll never go to another ice cream parlor again!

                  1. re: Sal Gee

                    The Italian Market in Crofton offers pretty good fare, but it's severely lacking when comparing it to a real Italian Market. The Deli section is a joke, and the Gelato section seems bigger than the Deli section. On top of that, service is lacking as the people who work there (family members?) seem arrogant.

                2. re: Denise

                  We moved to MD about a year ago and fell in love with Garry's...we ate there several times a week. Mid-summer we had a baby girl so we stopped eating out altogether for about six months or so, and something happened to Garry's in the meantime. They changed their menu, the staff is all new, and the few times we've been back the food was okay at best. We don't think we'll go back again for a long time.