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May 6, 2009 12:54 PM

Laurel MD Sat Lunch

I have to run an errand in Laurel MD on Saturday. Any chance there is a decent place for lunch up there? Looks like I will be on Rt 1 just north of Main Street near Laurel Racetrack Rd. (I didn't even know there was a racetrack in Laurel!)

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  1. Pappy, the only decent place I know of within 10 miles is Pasta Plus, and they're closed for lunch on weekends.

    Is driving up to Columbia, south to Beltsville, or west to Burtonsville in the cards?

    1. I think Grace Garden up the road in Odenton is open on Saturdays for lunch.

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      1. re: dpan

        Odenton is even farther than Columbia, though, which is why I asked him how far afield he was willing to go. As is Elkridge, per HCB's suggestions. Knowing Pappy personally, I know that's probably the wrong direction he wants to head.

        What about the Korean Chinese place in Beltsville - I always forget the name.

      2. Some simple, super-casual places: 1) Mega Chicken a few minutes east of U.S. 1 on Rte 198 for Peruvian chicken. 2) Five Guys on U.S. 1 in Laurel. 3) Uncle Grube's (pit beef), El Nayar (Mexican) or even the Pupuseria Lorenita's taco truck on U.S. 1 in Elkridge.

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        1. re: HowChowBlog

          Thanks. It looks like Saturday's lunch won't include a nice bottle of wine!

        2. Mango's at Rt1 and Rt198 in the center is pretty good. Not sure if they are open for lunch or not. Their margarita's are pretty good!

          1. There is a Red Hot and Blue just off of Rte 1 on Main Street past the Post Office. Also a Persian Kabob place on Rte 198 just west of Whiskey Bottom Road.

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            1. re: Hue

              Persian kabob place (called shish kabob) closed a few months ago, owner had some legal troubles.

              1. re: jes

                It's open again. I was just there last night.

              2. re: Hue

                In that area I'd go for either Red Hot & Blue or else Tampico Grill (Mexican, on Rte 1 just north of the intersection with Main Street). A little further south on Rte 1 there are some fast food joints (Five Guys, Panda Express) plus some Salvadoran hole-in-the-wall places I've never tried.

                The racetrack is actually pretty near the intersection with 295, so if you're headed north afterwards Grace Garden or Maiwand Kabob (Arundel Preserves) could be on the way.

                If you're going south toward DC you could swing by KBQ (barbecue) in Bowie or Marathon Deli (gyros) in College Park. There's also a Dickie's BBQ Pit on Rte 1 way down by Powder Mill Road (MD 212).

                That area is not exactly a fine dining mecca. The good stuff is mostly in Howard County.

                  1. re: skipper

                    Not sure what the question is about Bowie, but if Pappy was headed back to DC or No VA, KBC would be only about a 10-15 minute detour in each direction from 295, and I like their beef brisket.

                    Regarding Ram's Head in Savage Mill below, I like the beer and the atmosphere, but have always found the food bland.