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Oct 31, 2008 07:46 AM

Looking for good chow stop along I95 on my way to DC

My fiancee and I are traveling from North Jersey to DC next Friday evening and I'm looking for a good stop along the way for dinner. Looking for something moderately-priced and local.

I've been reading good things about Frank's Diner in Jessup, MD. Any thoughts on Frank's? Any other recommendations?

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  1. If you can veer a bit off-track to Wilmington, the Columbus Inn has an awesome snapper (turtle!) soup. It's more expensive than a diner will be, but still reasonable.

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    1. re: katecm

      Anything else noteworthy besides the turtle soup?

    2. There is always Pat's, Geno's, Jim's or any of the other cheesesteak places in Philly. Will probably add 1 hour driving time on to your trip though.

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      1. re: jcwexler

        if you're gonna do that, do yourself a favor and forget those tourist traps and either head to John's Roast Pork or Tony Luke's

        1. re: MarcDC

          Ha! I went to school in Trenton, NJ so I am very familiar with all of the great places in Philly (Pat's, Geno's John's and Tony Luke's...all very good). I was hoping for some place along the I95 corridor in more of the DE or MD areas.

      2. both the Canton & Fells Point neighborhoods in Baltimore are right off of exit 57 (canton is closer, fells is under 10 min). this board is full of suggestions for those neighborhoods. a few suggestions:

        canton: mama's on the half shell
        fell's point: mezze (tapas), red star or koopers

        1. SAMOS is on Oldham Street in Baltimore about three minutes off of I-95
          (Just a mile or so before the Fort McHenry Tunnel) From I-95 south take the exit for Odonnell Street (west towards Canton) go past Ponca Street (1st light) over thr railroad tracks and make a lefyton Oldham Street. SAMOS is about 5 blocks on the left on the corner. Great Greek food and if the are crowded there are several other Greek Restaurants within a block or two , Ikaros, Acropolis, Zorbas all on Eastern Ave...

          1. Two other thoughts for the Jessup area if you take the east exit onto Rte 175 from I-95 and go a block to Rte 1. Try either El Patio Restaurant for empanadas and Argentine food (a block south on Rte 1 next to the El Patio market) or the Fortune Star Buffet for Chinese (just across Rte 1 in the shopping center on the right).

            If you can afford a few more minutes and want a quick meal in Howard County, I would also suggest either Indian vegetarian food at Mango Grove (which is off Rte 175 a few minutes west of I-95) or Vietnamese at An Loi (which a few turns off Rte 32 west of I-95)

            You'll find Chowhound posts on all these places. Or some links --

            Fortune Star:
            El Patio:
            An Loi:
            Mango Grive:

            An Loi
            7104 Minstrel Way Ste 9, Columbia, MD 21045

            Mango Grove
            6365 Dobbin Rd, Columbia, MD 21045

            El Patio
            7968 Washington Blvd, Jessup, MD 20794

            Fortune Star
            7361 Assateague Dr, Jessup, MD