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Apr 2, 2008 09:26 AM

Arundel Mills Mall area Fri nite

I found an old thread dating back to 2006 - figured I see if I can get an update

We are flying into Baltimore on Fri nite and staying across from Arundel Mills Mall - so looking for a place to eat after travelling all day.

We are going into DC next morning for Cherry Blossom - so don't want to eat heavy or fancy

Nice casual place - - anything worth going to in the Mall itself?

Oh and one eater is picky -


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  1. Little Spice is about a two minute drive from Arundel Mills, and they have great Thai food. Of course, it depends on whether or not the picky eater likes Thai. But it is by far my preferred restaurant in the area.


    1. Timbuktu is literally 5 minutes west of the mall. Excellent crab cakes and other fare.

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      1. re: treetop tom

        I know this thread is old but...
        Just go a little further down the road (literally) to Gunnings instead of Timbuktu. Even better crabcakes.

        1. re: treetop tom

          Timbucktu (My sons-in-law and I decided to take a break from Gunnings.) . Nice folk; huge menu, reasonable selections.
          Starters included one of the two crab soups, the Marylands not the cream ones, my SIL's being biker and runner respectively, OK - and Timbuktu Caesar salad - with weird tasting, not bad, but weird tasting, salad dressing.
          Then came a pulled pork Memphis/type BBQ sandwich, a chicken jerky on salad and a forgettable-entity with fries; none disgraceful, none worth a detour.
          The bill - ah this year it was on them (wine OK though).
          Go? Ah next year, I think we go inland to Ellicott City.

          John Talbott's Pais

        2. In the mall you have DuClaw's (microbrewery), Remomo (Italian), Blue Star Grill (standard American stuff), Chile's. On Dorsey Rd. (the road you'll be on to get from the airport to Arundel Mills, there is Little Spice as mentioned, in the same strip mall Cantina Mamma Lucia.

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          1. re: cbauer

            Little Spice is really the best place in the area. For directly in the mall Chevy's is not bad for chain mexican.

            1. re: Annapolis07

              Little Spice is good, but probably not for a picky eater. Mama Lucia is decent. For the mall itself, I find DuClaw's to be the best of a mediocre bunch. I tried Maiwand Kebab today (see Arundel Preserves thread) but it doesn't look like the new location by Arundel Mills is open yet.

              Timbuktu is a love it/hate it kind of place. I'm one of the few people in the middle who go every once in a while. Huge piles of crab meat lumped together.

              If you're willing to drive about 20-30 minutes your options open up considerably going into Howard County (Columbia, Ellicott City) or Baltimore. But if you're coming in late you may not have a lot of choice. Personally I would shoot out west on MD 100 and hit Cafe de Paris, Aida Bistro, Johnny's Bistro on Main, oZ Chophouse, etc.

              1. re: 2stepper

                Here are some links to the places west of Arundel Mills:

                Cafe De Paris
                8808 Centre Park Drive, Columbia, MD 21045

                AIDA Bistro
                7185 Columbia Gateway Dr., Columbia, MD 21046

                Johnny's Bistro
                8167 Main St Ste 1, Ellicott City, MD 21043

                OZ Chophouse
                8191 Maple Lawn Blvd, Suite A, Fulton, MD 20759

                1. re: 2stepper

                  Cafe de Paris and Aida Bistro are both great suggestions. If you're scamming for something really low key, go to Trattoria e Pizzeria in King's Contrivance Village Center in Columbia -- great pizza and good pasta specials.


                2. re: 2stepper

                  Maiwand Kabob's website said they will tentatively open in August, so it's definately not an option yet.

                3. re: Annapolis07

                  Little Spice is quite possibly the best Thai I've ever had.

                  Little Spice
                  1350 Dorsey Rd Ste L, Hanover, MD 21076

                4. re: cbauer

                  If you do eat in the mall DuClaw's has been my favorite in mall eat place.

                5. Little Spice or one of the more non-offensive mall suggestions are going to fit your request better than the others. Cafe de Paris is great, but it's not light eating and it's probably further than you're willing to drive after traveling all day. I can't speak to the mall places, but I'd review those suggestions and choose one if your picky eater won't go for Cafe Spice.

                  Aida, Kings Contrivance and oZ are way further than I'd want to go after spending all day on a plane, and they aren't light eating either.

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                  1. re: JonParker

                    Totally agree with Jon - if you're tired and hungry, you won't want to drive all the way to Columbia, and those restaurants tend to be crowded on Friday nights.

                    Little Spice and Mamma Lucia (next door to each other in a strip on Dorsey Road) are my favorite places in the AM vicinity. DuClaw's is about the only decent place in the mall itself, and since it's near the theaters and several other restaurants, parking may be a hassle.

                    If you don't mind a short drive, Frank's Diner is closer than Columbia (just south of Rt. 175 along US Rt. 1) and has very good comfort food for all tastes, in about the most casual atmosphere you can get.

                    1. re: little audrey

                      Oops, I should have read the OP's request a little more carefully. This is too late now, but when I'm trying to eat light and fast in that area I hit Mamma Lucia, Little Spice, or one of the chains at Arundel Mills (Panera, Potbelly, Baja Fresh). Around the airport the influx of chains have actually been an improvement, though it looks like we're starting to get some more interesting local places now.

                      I've never been there but I found these articles on Frank's Diner that make me want to go try it:


                      1. re: 2stepper

                        I used to go to Frank's when I worked in Annapolis Junction. I always thought it was just okay.

                  2. DuClaw's definitely the best in the mall. Though they got rid of my favorite menu item - mussels in a beer-based sauce.

                    They have a sampler platter of their microbreweries which is neat. And they try to incorporate local ingredients/touches like crab. It's not great, but it's good.

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                    1. re: bylinemjf

                      Went to DuClaw's on Friday and had a mixed experience. DuClaw's brews were good (their imperial pils is solid as is their witbier), the food was pretty good in a mall-brewpub-quality way, but the service was atrocious. The waiter was either new, just got fired, or simply did not care. Forgot straws, did not know the prices on some things, disappeared, brought out obviously cold food (note: calamari and heat lamps are never an acceptable combo), and after ordering a beer five minutes later he reappeared... with a mop and bucket.