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lunch in Ellicott City -- suggestions?

venera Oct 7, 2009 03:44 PM


I'm searching the board for a good lunch place in Ellicott City. I am looking for a place that is relatively quiet and a middle price point. Good food, of course, is paramount. :)

I've seen reviews on the board of Diamondback Tavern, Rumor Mill, Fuji, but the menus aren't slaying me, and I'm seeing mixed reviews. Anything else I should consider?

Many thanks.

  1. v
    venera Nov 19, 2009 05:11 AM

    We ended up at Diamondback Tavern.

    It was very quiet, and the bartender was kind enough to allow us to eat in the dining room (we were the only ones in there, and were aware that he was making special trips to take care of us in there).

    My friend had a "big, sloppy, burger" which he said he enjoyed. It certainly looked good, and was big and hearty.

    I had an app that was spiced fish nuggets (I believe it was rockfish, but I'm going back a month plus and the details are a bit hazy). The fish was cooked perfectly and the spice dusting was perfect. Very light and tasty. I also had the Maryland crab soup. It was slightly above average, but was cold when I got it. I had to ask him to nuke it twice to make it hot enough to enjoy.

    The service was fantastic, the bartender was truly a pleasant and gracious host. I would go back and try this place again. Liked how it was very, very quiet -- there were only one or two other parties in the place. (Good for us, not so good for their bottom line....)

    1. m
      mejesster Nov 18, 2009 10:26 AM

      I really enjoyed eating at Rumor Mill. Interesting food and drinks. Also the kitchen staff came out and said hi, which is always a nice bonus.

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      1. re: mejesster
        FoiGras Nov 18, 2009 03:11 PM

        mejesster--agree with your assessment of Rumor Mill. Didn't have lunch there, but dined on a Friday evening in July and had a delightful dinner, efficient service. Can't wait to return. Too many choices, too little time and/or money. FoiGras

      2. d
        dining with doc Nov 17, 2009 04:13 AM

        near ellicot city on rte 40 at rolling road is a fantastic authentic hunan restaurant called Hunan Taste.

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        1. re: dining with doc
          elgringoviejo Nov 19, 2009 08:17 PM

          Hunan Taste is nothing short of remarkable. We began with ground pork and Chinese cabbage soup, based upon a chicken broth. Simple, but so fresh, recommend to one and all. Also had Chairman Maos's braised pork belly and Country bumkin chicken. The food was sublime. The combination of flavors that accompanied the meat, including star anise, cinnamon, whole garlic cloves, and dried red chile peppers interacted with the pork to create a classic dish. The Country bumkin chicken consisted of charred bone-in chicken pieces stir-fried with celery, capsicum puppers, and fresh and dried chli peppers. It equaled Chairman Mao's favorite dish.The wisest course of action would be to eat here as much as possible.

        2. placidothecat Oct 26, 2009 12:24 PM

          Diamondback Tavern would fit your requirements. We had a lovely Sunday brunch there a few weeks ago.

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          1. re: placidothecat
            yamalam Nov 16, 2009 05:49 PM

            Would Diamondback Tavern be appropriate for a well behaved 2 year old? Not sure if it's a real bar, or more of a pub. Thanks!

          2. h
            HowChowBlog Oct 8, 2009 04:01 AM

            If you want Korean food, try Bethany Seafood Restaurant or Shin Chon Garden -- both on Rte 40. Both have great food. Shin Chon is certainly classier, and I think they have a lunch menu. (This Yelp review mentions one: http://www.yelp.com/biz/shin-chon-ell...

            1. f
              FoiGras Oct 7, 2009 04:44 PM

              venera--try the Rumor Mill. It is a delightful restaurant. Hubby and I dined there in July for dinner and were quite impressed. I just looked up their website, and it appears as though they do, indeed, serve lunch.

              For our dinner, my hubby chowed down on an excellent salad. My asparagus fries were wonderful. The sous vide duck was quite succulent. All in all, a very favorable experience. FoiGras

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