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Hunt Valley area of Baltimore

hopegoode May 8, 2007 05:39 PM

Need recs for this weekend's visit to the area. We enjoy fish/shellfish and are open to ethnic foods. Have car but would prefer to stay within a half-hour drive of this area after sightseeing all day! Thanks for your help!

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    MDicecreamguy RE: hopegoode May 8, 2007 06:18 PM

    If money is no object....THe Oregon Grille is one of the best restaurants in the Baltimore area...right in Hunt Valley. The chef Mark Henry is one of the best in Baltimore. If you want to go down a step, but still have a good meal in I'd reccomend Greystone Grill

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      pigtowner RE: hopegoode May 9, 2007 06:07 AM

      I'm not exactly sure what kind of sight-seeing you're doing in Hunt Valley, but 30 minutes will get you downtown to lots of great restaurants. I grew up in Sparks and my family still lives there - my Dad loves the sushi place in the Giant (york rd) shopping center - I've never been, but he's been to about every sushi place in Baltimore and NYC. Nothing in the mall area is particularly good, but none of it is terrible either. On the cheap, I can always go for Noodles and get the delicious penne rosa with feta :)

      If you're going to head downtown, you can do a search on the board and find some great places. All depends on your budget.

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        LGood RE: pigtowner May 16, 2007 07:18 AM

        The Milton Inn is always an option, and it's right in Sparks.

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        jrussd RE: hopegoode May 9, 2007 09:50 AM

        I'm not really that familiar with the Hunt Valley restaurant scene. But, there is one which gets lots of mentions, and that is the Oregon Grille, located on Shawan Road. Never been but have heard great things, for what it's worth.

        If you don't want to go downtown, then you can find a couple of good places in Towson, just north of the city, sort of inbetween Hunt Valley and downtown Baltimore. There are two restaurants that come to mind: Vin and Christopher Daniel. Both have been well received and are popular.

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          pigtowner RE: jrussd May 9, 2007 10:15 AM

          I've never been, but the Vin does not get good reviews on here or from anyone I know

          Andy Nelson's should also be mentioned - very yummy bbq place. I'm not from Texas or anything, but it's a guaranteed mention in the "best bbq in baltimore" threads.

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            aussiewonder RE: pigtowner May 9, 2007 01:18 PM

            Avoid Vin. I have eaten there twice and been sorely disappointed with the food, the service and the cost.
            I vote for Oregon Grille if money is no object or Andy Nelson's bby if you want to stay on the cheap side of things.
            Sushi Hanna in Towson is also a good sushi fav.

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            Hal Laurent RE: jrussd May 9, 2007 11:04 AM

            I've never heard anything good about Vin.

            Christopher Daniel isn't in Towson, it's more or less at the border between Timonium and Cockeysville.

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              elegantelliot RE: Hal Laurent May 9, 2007 12:04 PM

              Christopher Daniel happens to be very good, although i havent been in a while.

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                jrussd RE: Hal Laurent May 9, 2007 12:28 PM

                Perhaps when I was thinking of good reviews of Vin, I had in my mind the Baltimore Sun review, which is alway open to citicism, but nevertheless was positive:


                And, as far as I'm concerned, any place north of Baltimore--ie Hunt Valley, Towson, Cockeysville--are all the same in my mind. They all clump together, since they're within 10 minutes or so of each other.

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                  hopegoode RE: jrussd May 11, 2007 07:17 PM

                  Thank you for your suggestions. We just booked The Oregon Grille for Monday night and I will write a review after we return home.

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                    bolivianita RE: hopegoode May 12, 2007 06:37 PM

                    I wish I had seen this post earlier. I am interested to see your review. I was so sadly dissapointed.

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