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Apr 29, 2009 05:18 AM

Lunch Very Near BWI Airport

A vast wasteland, it seems. I'm meeting a friend for a quick lunch on Friday. She's staying at the Comfort Inn & Suites (Google map at conducting interviews and we'll have less than an hour. A Google search "nearby" shows only Wendy's, Taco Bell, Burger King, etc. Anyone know of a real place to eat that's 10 minutes or less away?

G&M, a place that comes up frequently when someone is looking for crab cakes, seems like it's not too far away. Could that be a quick lunch?

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  1. Maiwand Kabob. Excellent kabobs and the gyro is outstanding.

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    1. re: hotel

      It looks like Maiwand Kabob is just a couple of blocks up the road from the Comfort Suites. Good suggestion.

      1. re: MikeR

        If you really want both fast and good, Maiwand is your best bet. You can even walk there from the hotel in about 10 minutes. One warning though: they make the kabobs to order so it's slow. Call ahead if you want your food fast (or you can just use that time to talk).

        The Marriott across the street on W. Nursery Road has a buffet that's just average.

        You'll spend half an hour of travel time going to and back from Little Spice, Timbuktu, etc.

        1. re: MikeR

          I have yet to be disappointed with Maiwand. If you are from the DC area you will immediately compare it to Moby Dick House of Kabob, which is also great. But I actually prefer the bread at Maiwand. Plus the lamb kabob plate comes with a salad, and a nice seasoned rice side dish, and a big piece of bread for about 10 bucks. You really can't go wrong.

      2. G & M is disappointing and service isn't the greatest - don't try it. Just down the road from it is a great sit down place, but you'll probably need the full hour or more (I'll try to remember the name - it's like dining in the 50's when you eat there).

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        1. re: Dennis S

          G&M has gone down hill since changing hands about two years ago. Timbuktu or Gunnings near Coca-Cola Drive and 100 are better bets. Timbuktu's serves the monster lump crabcakes and Gunnings has a little different style that uses Old Bay for seasoning. Both are good, but I prefer the fried oysters and flounder at Gunnings over their crabcakes.

          1. re: flavrmeistr

            Oh no -- thanks for the news flavrmeistr! I didn't know G&M's changed hands. I just recommended it to Kevin Cowherd (Balt. Sun newspaper). I haven't been there for a couple years, so now I know not to waste my time & stomach there.

          2. re: Dennis S

            You might mean Snyder's Willow Grove.

            1. re: flavrmeistr

              Yes - Snyder's. My kitschy side just loves this place. While I agree with Denise that it's basic, it's also good. Nothing out of this world, but very very solid.

          3. G&M would work.

            Italian Grove
            1705 N Hammonds Ferry Rd, Linthicum Hts, MD
            Similar crabcakes, plus standard Italian

            Snyder's Willow Grove
            841 N. Hammonds Ferry Rd.
            Basic food, tablecloths, you will be the youngest people in the place.

            Basic food, nothing "wow" about any of them.

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            1. re: Denise

              You may be thinking of Olive Grove, 705 North Hammonds Ferry Rd.
              Linthicum Heights MD 21090, just east of the Fedex office park. Very large, not a chain, locally Greek-owned last I visited, very similar to Timbuktu, crabcake similar since they're both using similar flash-bake giant balls of crab technique common to G&M and other Greek-owned places around Baltimore. I think Timbuktu's crabcake is better, maybe because they use fresh, so they say, although not always US, and point out G&M, their ex-cousin, uses pasteurized.

            2. Little Spice is a thai restaurant in a strip mall very close to BWI. 1350 Dorsey Rd.
              I've only been there once but everything was very tasty.

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              1. re: amaebi

                2nd Little Spice -- great food.

                1. re: amaebi

                  I've heard good things about LIttle Spice. My parents are big fans of Los Portales, which is pretty standard Mexican stuff.

                  1. re: pomme de terre

                    Any airport area places deliver to hotels other than pizza?

                    1. re: chowsearch

                      Next to Little spice is Cantina Mama Lucia - - they deliver and have good Italian Fast food. By This I mean you order at the counter - they prepare it and then you pick it up and take it to a table. Also for delivery but it is over in Odenton , ( we have food delivered to Annapolis Junction) is Angelico La Pizzeria - 1646 Annapolis Road Odenton MD 410-672-2500 their website is - I can personally vouch for their sandwiches - they have excellent fresh baked Focaccia bread which is delicious - for me it is all about the bread, and the fillings are great too. They have some sandwiches you will not find elsewhere.

                      1. re: RJJR

                        G and M
                        Olive Grove
                        Snyders Willow Grove
                        grace garden (near ft meade)
                        Victoria Gastro pub
                        jesse wong asean bistro

                        1. re: dining with doc

                          Good list, but probably won't meet the strict "very near" and "have less than an hour" criteria. My guess is they end up at the BWI food court.

                          1. re: bordeauxfan

                            pulled pork sandwich at bill batemans in BWI is excellent, ask for extra bbq sauce on the side. Wash it down with a blue moon draft with a slice of orange and it doesn't get much better than that, especially considering you are in an airport

                            1. re: bordeauxfan

                              We went to the kabob place that had several recommendations. We should have called in the order in advance, but never having seen the place, we decided it was better just to go over there. It was about 12:30 and not very crowded, but apparently they do a large take-out business because it took nearly 20 minutes to get a kabob wrap and the daily special lamb curry, though we saw plenty of bags going out of the kitchen.

                              The curry (that's what I had) was pretty mild and just barely warm, but it was tasty, the meat was well trimmed, and it was a good sized portion (meaning not huge, but not skimpy either) for lunch. The wrap got a thumbs up.

                              We had time to eat, but it was close. Certainly worth a return visit, but will call in the order next time if we're in a hurry. I suspect that the drive to BWI, parking, and getting from the lot to the food court would have made that impractical.

                              Anyhooo, thanks for the recommendation. It worked out fine.

                  2. Sorry, missed this thread so it's clearly too late but wanted to post my recommendation for others. Kazo Kitchen, inside the Chevron on Nursery Rd, has a nice, quick fast food alternative menu. Don't be turned off by "inside the gas station" -- it's a super clean mini-food court. See menu at . This is my go-to place for a quick take-out lunch on my way to the airport, especially since I usually park at one of the long-term lots down the street. The food can best can be described as Indian fusion but I found the tandisserie chicken with cool kazo sauce very nice and a great option when Subway (right next to it) or Wendy's down the street, or the overpriced BWI food court, didn't really get me excited. Also love the Chipotle-style build-your-own-meal concept. The owners are super nice - they gave me some free extras last time to sample. They have 2 small tables inside if you wish to dine there.

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                    1. re: bluepig1

                      The coconut curry chicken with steamed vegetables and rice at Tazo is very tasty and a great deal for under 7 bucks. Plus, they always insist on giving me free samples of grilled shrimp. I never turn them down. Hard to beat for a gas station lunch.

                      1. re: flavrmeistr

                        Be warned, Kazo Kitchen isn't open on weekends (Friday will work for the original question, however). Unfortunately I learned about their hours the hard way. I've still not made it there when they've been open,

                        1. re: Jason1

                          Do try to get there during the week Jason, it is well worth it. They also have tables outside for dining in nice weather.

                      2. re: bluepig1

                        Kazo Kitchen is now closed for good. They are looking to relocate to DC, possibly in a few months. Spoke to the owner over the phone couple days ago.

                        1. re: bmorecupcake

                          Oh no!! I was looking forward to stopping there on my way to the airport next week. Did the owner say why? Slow business? That's too bad - I'll miss their food.

                          1. re: bluepig1

                            No, nothing in particular. But lately they were only open weekdays and even then only for lunch (until 2:30).