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Boston Chowhound needs recommendation near (ish) to BWI

We'll be in Baltimore just for 1 Friday night in April. Will be in Linthicum and staying at BWI. Looking for a moderate to expensive restaurant within about a 15 - 20 minute drive in any direction. Probably 3 of us. Seafood is good (but only if they also have non-seafood also on the menu). Sushi good too. Open to other suggestions - we just like really good food. It's for a special occasion but not looking to break the bank - say not more that $200 ' ish total. Not at all familiar with the area. Need to know if we should make reservations. Thanks for any and all suggestions.

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  1. If you don't mind a hole in the wall Chinese restaurant, Grace Garden in Odenton is nearby. This board has countless threads on Grace Garden.

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    Grace Garden
    1690 Annapolis Rd Ste A, Odenton, MD 21113

    1. Boy, that's like a wasteland out there. DC and Baltimore are about 20 minutes away in either direction, and there is public transportation into both cities and excellent restaurants in each, but I wouldn't stay out by BWI if it's for a special occasion. No way.

      I just edited to add that if you're total kitsch, and I do mean TOTAL kitsch, Blob's Park in Jessup is a huge Bavarian Beirgarten that's a lot of fun if you like wurst and polka music. I wouldn't go there for the cuisine, but it's a lot of fun.

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      1. re: butterfingers

        The BWI request is a recurring one and the fact is that there is v. little any good within 5-10 mins of BWI. At 15 mins, you could be in downtown Baltimore and everything downtown/Fells Point/Harbor East is available to you. A great, reasonably priced place for dinner in fells Point is Peters Inn which would fit your budget. Wine Market v. good also.

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        Wine Market
        921 East Fort Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230

        1. re: butterfingers

          I don't think this is the right time for kitsch. So if we go into Baltimore City - any other recs? although The Wine Market looks like it may be the right thing - the food is good?

          1. re: pariss

            Okay - to balance: DC is easily more than 20 minutes away.

            Looking for good food - there is an outstanding selection, from tacos in a Shell station to Grace Garden.

            Looking for good food in a good atmosphere? Grace Garden is maybe the low end, just because of the food. The "high" end is maybe something like Snyder's Willow Grove. Otherwise, it is a close drive into Baltimore City.

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            Snyder's Willow Grove
            841 N Hammonds Ferry Rd, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

            Grace Garden
            1690 Annapolis Rd Ste A, Odenton, MD 21113

            1. re: Dennis S

              I live in Takoma Park -- less than one mile over the DC/MD line, and used to work at an ad agency on Charles Street, and door-to-door it took me about 35-40 minutes to get to work on BW Parkway So, it really isn't that bad to get to DC from BWI. I don't know Baltimore very well. I never spent much time there. Even when I worked there, I socialized closer to home. I'm sure there are people here who know Baltimore well, and I know it has some great restaurants. I have heard some good things about this place (below), and it's always looked interesting -- maybe someone can give his/her 2 cents:

              http://www.johnshields.com/restaurant...

              Frankly, I'd enjoy opinions on it as well.

        2. 15-20 minutes will get you into Baltimore City. The Wine Market is just off 95 and easy to get to. I would definitely make a reservation for a Friday night. For basic, no frills sushi, there's Matsu in Linthicum. Not really "high-end" sushi (Baltimore doesn't have that anyway) and maybe too casual for what you're looking for, but it's good for what it is.

          If you do a search for Federal Hill or Locust Point, you'll get some more recs within 15-20 min.

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          Wine Market
          921 East Fort Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230

          1. One of the best Italian restaurants, Trattoria Alberto, is fairly close to there. The seafood dishes are especially wonderful, but they have a wide variety . It is on the expensive side, though. Check it out: http://www.trattoriaalberto.com/

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            Trattoria Alberto
            506 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

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            1. re: stephanieg

              wow this is from
              Trattoria Alberto's website

              http://www.trattoriaalberto.com/north...

              "One of the World's Top Restaurants"

              - Zagat Survey, World's Top Restaurants, 2009/2010

              one of the world's best restaurants in GLEN BURNIE!!!?????

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              Trattoria Alberto
              506 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

              1. re: vivinator

                yep. incredible as it may seem. that restaurant has been there maybe 25 yrs? I don't remember, but we went there the first year it opened and all the reviews at the time talked about the wonderful food, wonderful service in a Glen Burnie Strip Mall!!!!! the food and service is still great. many of my office-mates have gone recently and all have been very happy. I still replicate a broccoli dish we had at that first dinner. Can you imagine, 25 or so years later I still remember that I had a yummy broccoli side ???

                1. re: vivinator

                  Vivinator,

                  Hard to believe, but totally true. Not only in GB, but in a strip mall off of Rte 3, seemingly in the middle of nowhere.

                  Their food is divine. Search the board for Trattoria Alberto and you'll see mine and other reviews. Make sure you get the Balto one, evidently there is one in DC, too.

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                  Trattoria Alberto
                  506 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

              2. There's a Thai restaurant called Little Spice in Hanover, very close to the airport.

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                Little Spice
                1350 Dorsey Rd Ste L, Hanover, MD 21076

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                1. re: bmorecupcake

                  And it's a very nice Thai Restaurant, not formal, but far from a hole-in-the-wall. If you didn't want to go into Baltimore, this would be my pick.