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Decent Dining in Towson

Have friends staying in Timonium for the weekend, and we're meeting them for dinner tonight. Thought Towson would be a good meeting spot (we're in the city). Any suggestions that aren't too chain-y? All I can think of is Paolo's and Sushi Hana. (Both are fine, but I like to know ALL of my choices!)

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  1. Szechuan House, JJ's Everyday Cafe, but it's very quiet, Peppermill

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    1. re: chowsearch

      Unless you and your friends are over 60, I wouldn't think you would enjoy the Peppermill.

      1. re: chowsearch

        I only went to JJ"s once, but it was actually really good. I think I had pan-fried trout. My gf had a crabcake that was ok, but the trout was perfect. It probably doesn't get enough mention here.

      2. Cafe Troia has pretty solid Italian food, but it will never knock your socks off. You could also hit Vin, but it's quite expensive. I have never been there and it gets very mixed reviews on this board. Sushi Hana is a good choice for sushi. Cafe Spice is an Indian place across from the library that was nice the last time I went - atmosphere is lacking though. We've also been going to Strapazza recently for inexpensive pasta and pizza,

        A 10 minute drive could get you to Petit Louis in Roland Park. The food is French and pretty good, and the restaurant has a great atmosphere for dining out with friends.

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        1. re: toro head

          We love Petit Louis - live right near there. It's been hit or miss lately, but I still love it. Cafe Troia has disappointed me the past 2-3 times I've been there. Used to be my favorite Italian place. Bummer. Thanks for the ideas!

          1. re: KLuna75

            Didn't Cafe Troia close? I thought I read that...

            1. re: charmedgirl

              Nope, it's open. They now have a couple more tables outside and on Friday and Sat night they have a small jazz ensemble playing outside.

        2. for a nicer place i really enjoy Christopher Daniel but its a little further out then Towson, its more in the Lutherville/Hunt Valley area.

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          1. re: elegantelliot

            Actually, that's a great idea! They are staying right near there. Thanks!

          2. Depending on your mood, Cafe Spice is excellent but i agree, lacks any sort of real atmosphere. I'd avoid VIN @ all costs, the food is over priced, the service horrendous and the whole experience terrible. Sushi Hanna is always a good standby for sushi.

            1. Peppermill is very sub-par. I occasionally go there with my 87-yr old mother, and Im the youngest person. Food is decent and very cheap.

              I REC'MEND CRU IN bELVEDERE SQ. a TERRIFFIC WINE BR WITH EXC, DIFF BAR FOOD LIKE TARTE FLAMBEE and sausage.. really worth a visit