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My Mom and I eat lunch together every Sat and are looking for new places. Here's an incomplete list of places we've already tried.
Koko's
Dogwood Deli
Soup's on at Roses' Cookies
Golden West
Grano
Gecko's
Claddagh's
Helen's Garden
Nacho Mamas
Orchard Cafe
Samos
Attman's
Desert Cafe
Tabrizi's
Night of the Cookers
XS
Rub
Akbar
Ambassador
Cafe Spice
Mango Grove
Egyptian Cafe
Yabba Pot

We love to try new things so we're up for any suggestions you might have.
Also, we don't object to driving. Would go into the city, to Columbia, Towson, etc.
Thanks Hounds!

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  1. Helmand? Joung Kak? Faidleys?

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    1. re: MarcDC

      Mamas on the Halfshell
      Birches
      Ryleigh's oyster bar
      Belvedere Square Market (Ikan sushi or that soup place)
      Holy Frijoles

      1. re: bmore_flavor

        I didn't know Birches was open for lunch. Have been DYING to go there!

        1. re: rudmansjmu

          ONLY open for dinner.

      2. re: MarcDC

        Just a note: I'm don't think the Helmand opens for lunch.

        I agree with Faidleys without a doubt. I'd also throw in Andy Nelson's (Timonium/Cockeysville) for some fantastic bbq. Also, Atwaters is a pretty common staple for us.

        I don't know if you or your mom is into pizza, but that's something I tend to do for lunch with friends or family. Matthew's, Iggies, Zella's, etc.

      3. My mom and I had a great time at Chesapeake Wine Company on a saturday afternoon; although wine and snacks is considered lunch by us! Mama's on the Half Shell outside was a fun lunch too. She liked Miss Shirley's and Petit Louis as well. I think that's a great tradition! Would love to know where you end up!

        1. Had several great lunches at Gia's Cafe in Little Italy! Eastern Ave and High St

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          1. re: Hue

            Skip Faidley's, it's overrated. Helen's does a nice job on wine OFFERINGS, but with so many pours opened for so long, my experience has left me with oxidized wine. Vito's in cockeysville/timonium is certainly worth a visit. Trust me. The meat is fresh & the olive oil is unlike ANYTHING you've ever tasted! Birches is not open for lunch, but you should give it a shot for dinner. It's neighborhood grub- hit or miss. I don't get the Mamma's on the Half Shell draw, but they do have great oysters there (the ONLY thing I order- & if they have: Bouisoilel oysters, get them!). Try One Eyed Mikes in Fells Pt. for lunch.- it's dark & a bit depressing BUT ask to sit on the patio, & it will make up for it. They do a decent job. Also, there's a place called, Carolyn's Cafe- Carribean-amazing(!!) on Penn St-b/tween fed hill & otterbein. Get the curried goat, rudmansjmu! I know you're adventurous enough to try it!

            1. re: kelarry

              Don't skip Faidley's. The crabcake is delicious.

              1. re: charmedgirl

                I agree, don't skip Faidley's. The premium backfin crab cake is a good as it gets. Plus a ice cold beer with some freshly shucked oysters in that atmosphere takes you back in time. Also, you can walk and graze around the rest of Lexington Market. Have fun

              2. re: kelarry

                This past Sat we ended up at Vito's in Cockeysville. Ordered sandwiches but they were really well made, the kind of sandwiches that you're still talking about 5 days later. They were both specials so I'm not sure if they'd be on the menu again but I had the prosciutto with fresh mozzarella, tomato and olive oil on ciabatta. My Mom had the oil packed tuna with roasted red pepper on ciabatta. The bread was amazing and that olive oil was every bit as good as kelarry suggested. Would love to return this Sat, but alas, we always go somewhere new.

              3. re: Hue

                Went there this Sat. Thanks for the recommendation! We loved it. Both had a variety of a chicken sandwich. Hers features eggplant, arugula, and goat cheese. Mine had sorentino ham, provolone cheese and sun dried tomatoes. Chicken was perfectly grilled and tasted, not overwhelmingly, of rosemary. Bread on the sandwich was excellent, and Gia said it came from Della Notte's bakery. Saved room for tiramisu which was worth every last little calorie!

              4. What a list. Let's see...

                We've put Matthew's PIzza back into our rotation - not sure why it fell out, but it is delicious.

                For something simple, we like the sandwiches at Rosina Gourmet. Not a lot of seating, but several tables for 2.

                And then the best of the lot for casual lunch, IMHO, Dipasquale's in Highlandtown. A range from brick oven pizzas, to sandwiches, to pasta dishes, to things like shrimp salad (which my father-in-law says is the best he's ever had). They aren't open in the evening, so lunch is definitely the time to go.

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                Di Pasquale's Gourmet Italian
                3700 Gough St, Baltimore, MD

                Matthew's Pizzaria
                3131 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224

                Rosina Gourmet
                2819 Odonnell St, Baltimore, MD

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                1. re: a70wilson

                  I forgot about Ryleigh's & Di Pasquale! Both are very good.

                2. Lots of good suggestions here, if you are a BBQ fan u must experience excellent North Carolina type BBQ at Andy Nelsons.

                  1. How about Chap's on Pulaski Hwy? Hard to find better pit beef around. (And, the Food Network was filming there this afternoon.)

                    There's a great, simple Argentine place, El Patio, in Jessup that I'd highly recommend. Fantastic empanadas.

                    Carolina's Tex-Mex on B'dwy. Lebanese Taverna at Harbor East.

                    You also don't have any Southeast or East Asian on your list. How about Pho #1 on Rte 40 just inside the beltway, or Sushi Hana in Towson or Lake Falls Village?

                    1. Lunch places not mentioned yet:
                      Fiesta Mexicana: small, one table and stools, excellent food
                      Orchard Market: Lunch buffet starts at 1:00? Iranian - very good.
                      Chiparelli's: My red sauce old fashioned Italian favorite.
                      Ann Arundel Seafood: all types of steamed and fried seafood - very casual.
                      Tersiguels: French, expensive, excellent food and service.
                      Edo Sushi: Think they have 4 locations. Owings Mills Blvd and Timonium were good.
                      Chicken Rico: excellent chicken + sides in Hispanic part of Eastern Ave.
                      Canella's Deli: Perry Hall Rt. 1: Cheap but fresh subs - mostly takout w/ tables.

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                      1. re: Whitemarshjohn

                        Try Gecko's! Check out my response to the cheap eats post. I think their happy hour starts at 3 as well.

                      2. Whew! A comprehensive list and tons of good recommendations. To add to the list, I just checked out Catonsville Gournet on Frederick Ave. for lunch and would recommend it. A very seafood-centric restaurant with a cute decor that would likely fit the bill for lunch with mom. There are also salads, sandwiches, etc. It also allows for easy access to stroll around historic Ellicott City afterwards to antique shop or simply pass time.

                        1. If you want pizza, Brick Oven Pizza is the place to go especially for lunch.

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                          1. re: bbrown305

                            I think Brick Oven Pizza is very average.... tastes similar to a Freschetta pizza

                            meh.

                            1. re: MarcDC

                              I much prefer Hot Tomato pizza just across the street from BOP, & they're open til well after the bars close every night of the week.

                          2. I suggest Carson's Creekside. There is a deck for outside seating on the water... A secret gem of Middle River..

                            1. The Wine Market on Fort Ave has excellent lunches (and dinners). Meli in Fells Point ditto