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Owings Mills Dinner Rec (No Baltimore)

Mirdith Mar 15, 2007 06:56 AM

We're going to dinner on Saturday night (St. Patrick's Day, so it happens) with friends who live in Owings Mills. Want to avoid Baltimore and the whole Irish drinking, rowdy crowd thing. Just want an enjoyable meal where we can catch up with friends while the kids are at grandma's house. Any ideas in the Owings Mills, Reisterstown, Pikesville area?

Thanks for the help. I'm not too familiar with that area.

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    masha Mar 15, 2007 11:32 AM

    Linwoods on Reistertown Road (about 1/2-1 mile outside the Beltway) serves excellent food in a refined atmosphere. A good place for a leisurely meal. There won't be any St. P Day revelers there.

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      MDicecreamguy Mar 15, 2007 12:39 PM

      Linwoods is good but may be a little pricey. Mari Luna is a fabulous Mexican place in Pikesville. A sleeper may be Mia Carolina,,,,,,excellent Italian in Glyndon

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        KOK Mar 15, 2007 12:48 PM

        I've never been but co-workers say good things about Al Pacino Cafe. It's in the same center as Trader Joe's, just outside the beltway on Reisterstown Rd. The menu looks very interesting to me and one of these days I'll make it in. I didn't even know there was also a Timonium location (the website is cafe isis - link below).




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        1. re: KOK
          BmoreHound Mar 15, 2007 02:22 PM

          Al Pacino's is like a chain. I'd avoid.

          I've not personally been in a while, but if I can trust recent attestations, Salsa Grill in Woodlawn is your bet. Fantastic.

          1. re: BmoreHound
            viperlush Mar 15, 2007 03:22 PM

            Three locations hardly makes it a chain. Would you consider the Prime Rib a chain and avoid it?

            I have only eaten at the Baltimore location and I have enjoyed their pizza and salads. It might be more of a lunch location, but I wouldn't automatically count it out.

            1. re: viperlush
              BmoreHound Mar 16, 2007 06:30 AM

              "Al Pacino's is LIKE a chain."
              My reference was more to the fact that they serve not really interesting food at pretty good prices that some people seem to like but I don't.

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          Glorybee Mar 15, 2007 05:41 PM

          I like Liberatore's. I don't think it's a place that attracts the party hearty crowd. Don't let the multiple locations turn you off - it's a local "chain" - just a successful restauranteur spreading his wings to the delight of the neighboring communities. Linwood's was mentioned and is a fav but as noted it can be quite pricey.

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            MDicecreamguy Mar 15, 2007 07:04 PM

            My experiences at Al Pacinos and Salsa Grill have been both mediocre.The service at both a bit too casual. I would recommend neither. and for what its worth...Salsa Grill is not in Pikesville or Reisterstown..

            1. Dining Dish Mar 17, 2007 10:11 AM

              By now the decision has already been made. If you want to linger over a nice dinner in a nice atmosphere...Linwoods. Yes pricey.

              I agree with Mari Luna, a real sleeper. The Mexican food is quite good. My preferences is the Lamb Shank for $14.00 or the shrimp appetizer. Their specials are quite good as well.
              Chef Luna was the former sous chef at Citronelle and executive chef at Babalu in Baltimore when it first opened. The down side is no reservations, bring your own alcohol and the atmosphere, well it is in an old converted Carvel stand. To me worth the wait.

              Seafood you can try CJ's. I hear good things about the Artful Palate buried somewhere in Owings Mills.

              Let us know where you ended up and notes on your meal.

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