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Good restaurant between BWI and Silver Spring

I know, an odd geographical request! Someone who's visiting Baltimore is wooing my hubby for a job and wants to take us out to dinner. Hubby will be meeting us from downtown DC. Given it's mid-week and rush hour, all places will be equally inconvenient. We're looking for some place off of 95 or 295, maybe near Laurel?

I know about Timbuktu, but was hoping for some other ideas. It doesn't have to be ritzy, but the food has to be good.

We're meeting mid-December. I would very much appreciate your recommendations!

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  1. Pasta Plus in Laurel is good Italian. A little further North are several places in Fulton that I have not been to but have been mentioned on the board.

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    1. re: MrsWheatie

      I second Pasta Plus. Haven't been there in awhile, but it's always been very good in the past.

      I'm also a big fan of Little Spice, thai food. It's nestled right between Arundel Mills Mall and BWI. Again, non-descript strip mall, but excellent Thai food.

      1. re: naptownlady

        Pasta Plus is great, but they do not take reservations. If you go there, be prepared to stand in line for a while.

        You may want to check out Ellicott City. There are some nice places there.

        http://www.ellicottcity.net/restaurants/

    2. If you like Chinese and don't mind being in a dingy strip mall, this one is easy: I just tried Grace Garden last night,and it is *almost* as good as the raves on this board suggest!

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      1. re: MartyL

        I am one of those who raves about GG, and I consider it every bit as good as the reviews from myself and others suggest. But it's got zero ambiance, and I'm not sure it's a good location for a business type meeting. If you're sure the business associate is a real foodie type, it can't be beat.

        If not, how about Cafe de Paris in Columbia? Intimate but not really romantic atmosphere, and very good food.

      2. Check out the Ironbridge Wine Company, near Columbia. It's a little out of the way, but it's absolutely fantastic. It's in between Baltimore and DC and the location might be perfect for your purposes.

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        1. re: eat707

          Ironbridge is west of Route 29, hardly on the path between Silver Spring and BWI.

        2. lots of choices
          1. OZ steak house in Maplelawn MD (route 216 at 29)
          2. Iron Bridge Wine bar and restaurant Columbia)
          3. Jesse Wong's Asean Bistro Columbia
          4. Kaufmans tavern Gambrills
          5. Assahi Japanese/Korean Laurel

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          1. re: dining with doc

            Folks say Kaufmann's Tavern isn't what it used to be. True? Have never been and could use another option in the area.

          2. Though Ironbridge may be better, if you have a Cuban hankering, you could try Cuba de Ayer on 198 (close to the intersection with 29).

            1. The recommendations sound pretty good. A couple more I would add would be Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia (MD 100 and Snowden River Pkwy) and Ray's the Classics (just off 29 inside the beltway in Silver Spring; good steaks and burgers).

              1. Cafe de Paris is directly across the street from Jesse Wong's Asean Bistro, too.

                1. I think Pasta Plus would be my #1 choice, and I think Iron Bridge is good as well, although it fills up very quickly. You also might consider Cacao Lane in Ellicott City which has nice atmosphere and good food.

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                  1. re: dzoey

                    Thank you for all the suggestions! We're going to try Iron Bridge -- I'll report back.

                    1. re: Transplanted Texan

                      We made reservations at Iron Bridge and really enjoyed it. The portions are smaller than some of the prices would suggest, but the food is very good. It was quite loud with several Christmas parties going on, so I wouldn't call it romantic. Although they were quite busy, they didn't rush us at all. Thank you again for the many suggestions.