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twodoggie9z80 Dec 16, 2009 02:08 AM

Can you recommend a good restaurant for a Saturday lunch that is easy for out-of-towners to find from the Baltimore beltway? It has to be easy to reach from the beltway. It would be great if it were pleasant atmosphere, unique, fun -- but the most important consideration is that the food is good. Price, up to $50 per person without alcohol. Thanks for your suggestions!

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    hotel Dec 16, 2009 04:55 AM

    That's a bit vague. What part of the beltway? It could be a 30 minute trip from the Towson exits to 295 exit. What type of food? Any restrictions?

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      twodoggie9z80 Dec 16, 2009 05:05 AM

      They are jumping onto the Baltimore beltway from DC (I-97) and taking it to I-83 north to continue into PA. No restrictions; any type of food. The biggest problem is how easy it is to navigate to the restaurant (don't want to get them lost).

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      bordeauxfan Dec 16, 2009 05:37 AM

      The Beltway requirement really reduces your selection. Off the top of my head, all I can think of is Catonsville Gourmet off 695, Mari Luna Latin Grille in Pikesville, and Oregon Grille off 83. But I don't know which of these are open for Sat lunch (check their websites).

      If you can convince your out-of-towners to "bisect the Beltway" (e.g. take 95 north past downtown, through the tunnel, and up to 695), I'd recommend the Wine Market. Less than 5 minutes off of 95 in Locust Point, and easy parking in their own lot.

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        jfish Dec 16, 2009 07:52 AM

        i would second the Mari Luna Latin Grille in Pikesville. Reisterstown Road maybe 1 mile inside the Beltway on the righthand side.

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          twodoggie9z80 Dec 16, 2009 08:21 AM

          okee dokee! Thanks for the suggestions!

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            abovethewaves Dec 16, 2009 08:28 AM

            I second Catonsville Gourmet.....one of my favorite new restaurants.

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            Warthog Dec 16, 2009 11:07 AM

            Hunan Taste is authentic Chinese (rather than the usual Americanized version) in an elegant atmosphere, and it's absolutely simple to get to from the Beltway. I think that covers most of the points, but whether H.T. will be appropriate depends in part on how adventurous your guests are, and exactly what time they open on Saturdays compared to your desired dining hour.

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              bobovespa Dec 19, 2009 11:13 AM

              Four of us ate at Hunan Taste last Saturday for lunch and it was a bit disappointing. It is a pretty place, and the servers are very nice although not always attentive. But this was my second lunch visit and the food disappointed. The crispy beef was very good; it was everyone's favorite. But the chicken used for the chicken dishes was pre-cooked and did not taste good. I liked the shrimp toast. I tried the tea tree mushrooms with pork in a hot pot and it was not to my taste. Again, the pork bits tasted old. I really want to like this place but am losing faith.

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                little audrey Dec 19, 2009 04:44 PM

                Wow, I thought it was just me. I've been to Hunan Taste twice for lunch and while it's good service in a nice setting, the food hasn't been all that. We got the crispy duck last time, on their recommendation, and it was extremely salty. The hot spicy squid is the only thing I would get again. I wanted to like them too, but they need to do better in order to pull me away from the bulgogi and kimchi fried rice with fish egg at the food court.

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              michael4ny Dec 17, 2009 09:04 AM

              Ruth's Chris is just off the beltway exit 20, reisterstown road.
              Won't knock your socks off but the basic american steakhouse menu should satisfy most of the folks.

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                bordeauxfan Dec 17, 2009 10:43 AM

                Yes, but not open for Saturday lunch, which is the timeframe the OP has. Important to double-check the websites of any recommendations.

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                Hue Dec 18, 2009 05:04 AM

                TRy the Salsa Grill just off the Basltimore Beltway on Security Blvd(Woodlawn)
                Unique and a good value.
                http://www.eatsalsagrill.com/

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                  FoiGras Dec 18, 2009 07:06 AM

                  I would recommend Linwood's Restaurant off of I-695, exit 20 (Reisterstown Road)--about a mile west of the Beltway. I've always had excellent meals there. They have French Onion Soup that is exquisite, good pizzas, salads and sandwiches. Lovely atmosphere and professional service. FoiGras

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                    bordeauxfan Dec 18, 2009 11:37 AM

                    Agreed on Linwoods -- except that they too are not open for lunch on Saturday.

                    Then again, if the OP was planning for lunch tomorrow, then my guess is the upcoming blizzard may alter their plans.

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                      jrl2929 Dec 18, 2009 12:55 PM

                      I would also say Wine Market, Catonsville Gourmet or Linwoods. Good luck!

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