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Orchard Inn-Towson, Md

FoiGras May 15, 2008 02:57 PM

Does anyone know if the Orchard Inn Restaurant, which closed several years ago, has a replacement restaurant at the location? Foigras

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    maddogg280 May 16, 2008 05:58 AM

    Hubby and I ate at whatever was the replacement about 3.5 years ago. Not sure if that incarnation is still there, but I think it is.

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      hon May 16, 2008 07:31 AM

      Pretty sure it's a crab house now.

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      1. re: hon
        uac1530 May 16, 2008 03:27 PM

        It's called Orchard Landing now. I haven't been but I know several people who have and liked it. It's a lounge/crabhouse and is pretty reasonable.

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        Whitemarshjohn May 16, 2008 03:43 PM

        Don't confuse the Orchard Inn with Orchard Market (the Persian Restaurant) - they are both on Joppa Road, but are quite different. I know some people who had a graduation party at Orchard Inn (Landing) over the summer. It seemed nice - sort of middle of the road. I understand that Michael Gettier was once the Chef there before he was as well known around Maryland as he is now (he's currently the head Chef at Antrim 1844).

        Orchard Market is well known in these parts for their good food. Orchard Inn is not - and I don't mean that as an insult. It's not that I think the food is bad, it's just that they lack the write ups, reviews and praise.

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        1. re: Whitemarshjohn
          Hal Laurent May 16, 2008 04:28 PM

          The "old" Orchard Inn was around for ages as an old-fashioned Baltimore restaurant (even though it wasn't actually in Baltimore). It was the kind of place I'd go with my parents when they were visiting from out of town, similar places being Thompson's Sea Girt House, Karson's Inn, etc. (all of those are gone now).

          When the original Orchard Inn closed up, Michael Gettier took it over for awhile (before that he had a restaurant in Fells Point named M. Gettier). He didn't stay there all that long, and I lost track of what happened to the place after that.

          I'm pretty sure Gettier worked at other restaurants before his Fells Point place, but my aging memory can't seem to find the details at the moment.

          1. re: Hal Laurent
            FoiGras May 19, 2008 01:34 PM

            Hal--thanks for your reply. I also remember the "old" Orchard Inn, Karson's, Thompson's Sea Girt House. Let's not forget (if you also recall) Brentwood Inn (east Baltimore) with the "mixologist" who poured a drink into your glass while you were drinking. What about Danny's and Chesapeake? Great Baltimore favorites. Oh, and we can't leave out Marconi's, Haussner's and Miller Brothers. No trendy places, but great food and elegant atmospheres.

            I guess I'm giving away my age group by dining down memory lane--yipes!

            I, too, enjoyed Gettier's restaurant on Broadway and actually dined at the Orchard Inn when he was the chef. I, also, believe he had worked at Peerce's Plantation (another favorite now gone away) for a short while. Wonder where he is presently? Perhaps someone will enlighten us.


            1. re: FoiGras
              baltimorejim May 20, 2008 05:53 AM

              Isn't Michael Gettier chef at Antrim in Taneytown?

              In any case I ate at the Orchard Inn for the first time a few weeks ago and had their rib special (maybe Tuesday or Wed night?) It was decent (enough for two and at around $15) and a good value.

          2. re: Whitemarshjohn
            ko1 May 17, 2008 05:31 AM

            Actually, he was the owner/chef there after he became well-known here as the owner/chef of M. Gettier's in Fells Point. At the Orchard, he did a single seating prix fixe menu, something Baltimore wasn't ready for.

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