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Good Eats Between Baltimore and Frederick?

I go out to dinner fairly often with some friends who live between Baltimore and Frederick in the I-70 corridor. We're always looking for new places to try. Any suggestions would be welcome, with the intersection of state 97 and I-70 (next exit west of 32/70 interchange) as a rough starting point.

There are a lot of places that have worked into our regular rotation, but at the same, time, we're getting somewhat burned out on the repetition. Perhaps somebody will come up with a gem we've either never tried, or have somehow forgotten about. All price points and cuisines are welcome.

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  1. I"m in the same situation with some friends in Frederick, but we live in Baltimore city. Not sure about your 'rough starting point' but what about Ellicott City? There are several places worth going to repeatedly- Jordan's Steak house comes to mind- and Coco's and several others. It's a quaint lovely town, too.

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    1. re: maddogg280

      Mealy's in New Market would be a nice change of pace if you're in the mood for a "throw back" restaurant. It's in the heart of the antique shops along Main Street and presents an old-fashioned Maryland menu: steaks, crab cakes (delicious crab cakes), etc. It is not haute cuisine but is very nice.

    2. It would be helpful to know what places are already part of your regular rotation.

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      1. re: Lauman

        That woul d be a long list, but if I had to focus on "most frequently visited" examples include
        Panchanga on Route 40
        The various Korean places on Route 40, and the little Korean/Japanese place up the street from Historic Downtown Ellicott City
        Ellicott Mills Brew Pub
        Liberatore's in Eldersberg
        Amante's in Eldersberg
        Beck's Pub in Sykesville
        Sol d' Italia - not sure of the town - Olney maybe?
        B. J. Pumpernickel's Deli in Olney

        We also dip into Columbia once in a while for the various Indian, Vietnamese and Thai places. My friends lived in France for a while, so the French place in Ijamsville (Gabrielle's, or something like that) is an occasional visit

        We mostly are looking for good value places, non-chain, usually "ethnic" or "pub grub" toward the lower end of the price scale, though we do go upscale once in a while. We have dinner together usually 1-2 times per week, so it adds up if one gets fancy too often.

        1. re: Warthog

          For a dip into Columbia and to cover the French food, have you tried Cafe de Paris?

          1. re: MrsWheatie

            I've never been there, but my friend has refused to go there every time I've suggested it. I don't know why.

            It's not the location , as we've gone to the Thai place nearby (the one with the parasols hung from the ceiling) many times.

            He has also given a thumbs down on Tersiguel's, though he's stated that the objection there is the price point and perceived value.

            1. re: MrsWheatie

              Cafe de Paris is a bit expensive, but the food is absolutely delicious.

              1. re: elgringoviejo

                Second that, we had dinner there for first time 2 weeks ago -- purely bc we had to be in that part of Columbia on a Saturady night -- and it was excellent. On a par with Petit Louis.

        2. I agree that Ellicott City might be nice--Jordan's is very good as well as Tersiguel's. Perhaps Baldwin Station in (I believe) Sykesville would be a good destination. It's closer to Frederick then Ellicott City. The restaurant is beautifully situated and this time of year offers wonderful outdoor dining overlooking a creek/river(?) and a state park. Sometimes a freight train will pass by, so if anyone is a train buff that is a plus. FoiGras

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          1. re: FoiGras

            I have to second the Baldwin's Station suggestion. We have had great experiences every time we have dined there. Service has been attentive, and the food has been wonderful!

          2. I haven't been to Bare Bones Grill and Brewery off of Route 40 in Ellicott City in awhile but I used to really like the Pulled Pork Sandwich. They have good food and beer. I especially like the Tiber River Red.

            I would also agree with Baldwin Station in Sykesville. And Jordan's Steakhouse. Although Jordans' isn't anywhere near the lower end of the price scale.

            1. I stopped here for gas once and it smelled great (sadly I had just eaten):
              http://www.citypaper.com/eat/review.a...

              Town Grill in Lisbon, FWIW...

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              1. re: aubzamzam

                I've been there a few times; they have really good sandwiches and breakfasts. Not open for dinner though.

                1. re: aubzamzam

                  Actually, we are open for early dinners. Mon- Fri open until 7:30, Sat until 6 (Sunday we still close at 4)

                2. How about Cuba de Ayer in Burtonsville? I haven't been there yet, but based on previous reviews here, it's on my list to try.