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Jan 18, 2009 06:45 PM

Post meal thoughts: Granny's Owings Mills

Just got back from Granny's, the new Southern style restaurant in Owings Mills. I can barely breathe nor walk; you really do get your money's worth, and the food tries and succeeds at cooking the type of homestyle Southern food that only a Grandmother, as the name references, could make. The dining room is small but very elegant and the wait staff was quite courteous and attentive. The cornbread that they serve at sit-down is a bit above standard fare, served warm and buttered. There's nothing amazing about it but it's better than those bland dinner rolls I'm used to eating while reading a menu. The brown sugar lemonade, to me, was amazing in its on right. It's apparent that bottled lemon juice was most likely used here, but the brown sugar gives it a depth of flavor, a nice twist to the traditional white sugar variants. There was something else going on with the lemonade but I can't put my finger on it. Whatever it was, it certainly wasn't a bad thing.

I ordered the cream of crab soup which was a bit salty but well seasoned and the correct consistency, not verging on pudding, and not too buttery. That was an unexpected surprise from a restaurant emphasising Southern. The main course for me was chicken & waffles. Now, there are no other places in the Baltimore area that I know of who serve this dish. The closest known place would be Ron Winans & Gladys Knights Chicken & Waffles in Largo, which was my first experience with the dish but the chicken was bland. Granny's gets high marks here. My only complaint is that the waffles were a bit heavy, but the chicken wings were full of flavor and but not overly salty. At $13.95 I thought the dish was a little expensive, but then I realized that I'd get two sides. They dont cut corners on the sides either. The fried potatoes are really like my mother used to make on Sunday mornings, sliced about 1/4 inch thick and fried with onions and green peppers until the potatoes are soft and the onions and peppers have almost melted together. That was heaven. Second side was fried apples, which was also good but I couldn't handle anymore sweets between the chicken & waffles that I drizzled syrup over and the lemonade. It's obvious that attention was given to both side dishes. Anytime the side dish can be eaten as a meal itself, its a winner.

I didn't make it to dessert but I'm sure it would have been delicious also. Total bill was $25 as I dined alone but it was very much worth it. This restaurant gets high praises from me. The wait staff was friendly, the atmosphere was cozy, and the food was delicious. The owner came and greeted me and I commented on the food, and if she reads this I will be putting the leftovers in the oven tomorrow as she recommended. I do taste the love!

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  1. I went when they opened but was unable to find a single remotely healthy item, everything was high fat/cholesterol/cream/butter/bacon. Any improvement?

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    1. re: chowsearch

      I really wanted to like this place, and it is warm and inviting with wonderful staff. Maybe this is the way old time southern cooking is, but - for me - there wasn't enough payoff in the flavor department for all the fat/cholesterol/cream/butter/bacon consumed.

      1. re: Denise

        I didn't encounter any bacon, but you can't expect to have a lean meal when you order something like fried chicken, waffles, crab cakes, etc. If you wanted something with less fat/cholesterol, maybe you should've stuck with just a salad (which you can get elsewhere).

        To each his/her own I guess. I think they did a really good job on what they offered. It is heavy, as most Southern or "soul food" is. It's definetely not out to be a healthy place. That's not the point.

    2. I called my sister today to wish her a happy birthday and told her that she should go to dinner. I suggested that she go to Granny's and have the crab cakes, eat only one and FedEx the other one to me. Yes, Granny's make U selfish. I was home last year and the family took me to Granny's, of course my first time there and to this day a year later., I think of that place daily. I will be in town in November and I will have most, if not all, of my meals there. Lawd Have Mercy, I can't wait. If Granny's start a mail order service I need to know!