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dinner recommendations for Columbia-Ellicott City for 4/30?

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We're staying in Columbia the night of 4/30, and want to go to dinner with a total of six adults on Friday, 4/30 in the Columbia-Ellicott City area (maybe 30 minutes driving time each way max). We particularly love East Coast seafood (we live in San Francisco, and the grass is always greener), and we're looking for a place where the total per person, not counting drinks, would be about $35.00 max. Any suggestions? And by the way, next time you're in S.F. the taco truck on Harrison St. at the corner of (more or less) 25th St. is to die for. Thanks for your suggestions!

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East Coast Cafe
44 Calvert St, Annapolis, MD 21401

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  1. Personally, I'd drive out to Hunan Taste in Catonsville. I've been very impressed with that place, the food is great and the decor and service far exceeds expectations of what I expect from an authentic Hunanese restaurant in a stripmall. Also in Catonsville, the Catonsville Gourmet would have you covered when it comes to seafood. I can't think of a better seafood recommendation in the Columbia/Ellicott City area, unless you're looking for Korean Seafood.

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    Catonsville Gourmet
    829 Frederick Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228

    Hunan Taste
    718 N Rolling Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228

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    1. re: Jason1

      I'll second the Catonsville Gourmet recommendation. They don't take reservations, although you can call ahead and put your name on the list. It's BYOB, which keeps the cost reasonable.

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      Catonsville Gourmet
      829 Frederick Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228

      1. re: Zevonista

        Agreed. R.C. Rogers is pretty much across the street, if you want to pick up a bottle to bring along.

    2. For Baltimore seafood--LP Steamers on Fort Ave is one of my favorites. It's about 30 minutes up 95 and is easy to get to from the highway.

      I also like The Rumor Mill in historic Ellicott City. Not a seafood restaurant but I like their food (Asian-inspired) and they have an extensive array of infused vodkas that are delicious.

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      The Rumor Mill
      8069 Tiber Alley, Ellicott City, MD 21043

      1. There is a great seasonal dinner outside your driving radius -- Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore. Terrific meal if you want to drive and could get a reservation.

        But if you're staying inside Columbia-Ellicott City, then I would suggest one of the local places that go with a similar effort to cook local produce / local seafood meat -- Iron Bridge Wine Co in Columbia, Bistro Blanc in Glenelg, or Catonsville Gourmet in Catonsville. Jason1 is right about Hunan Taste, but I assume you can get great Chinese in SF. The other three restaurants do seasonal menus, maybe offer you something that you can't get at home. Iron Bridge and Bistro Blanc are specifically seafood places, but I think they both have seafood dishes. You can read lots about all three restaurants on this site or on local blogs.

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        Iron Bridge Wine Co
        10435 State Route 108, Columbia, MD 21044

        Catonsville Gourmet
        829 Frederick Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228

        Woodberry Kitchen
        2010 Clipper Park Rd # 126, Baltimore, MD

        Hunan Taste
        718 N Rolling Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228

        Bistro Blanc
        3800 Ten Oaks Road, Glenelg, MD 21737

        1. Hunan Taste in Ellicot City is outstanding authentic hunan cooking
          Victoria Gastropub in columbia is wonderful high end bar food- the kobi burger with white truffle cheese is as good a burger as anywhere
          Iron Bridge Restaurant- wine bar restaurant . food is good

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          Hunan Taste
          718 N Rolling Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228

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          1. re: dining with doc

            I believe you meant Hunan Legend. Hunan Taste is the one in Catonsville next to H Mart.

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            Hunan Legend
            4725 Dorsey Hall Dr Ste D, Ellicott City, MD 21042

            Hunan Taste
            718 N Rolling Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228

            1. re: bmorecupcake

              I think it is actually considered Ellicot City and I meant Hunan Taste

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              Hunan Taste
              718 N Rolling Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228

              1. re: dining with doc

                Oh, okay. Sorry. I live right next to H Mart and it's definitely Catonsville.

                1. re: bmorecupcake

                  Yeah, when I initially read your post, I assumed that your idea of the boarder was off. It's definately Catonsville. I always think of the river as being the divider.

                  1. re: Jason1

                    sorry, actually the address is catonsville. growing up in baltimore I always considered Caton Ave area to be catonsville. anyway it is not far from columbia and has great food

          2. It's a bit farther than 30 min, but if you want seafood with nice views, head to Annapolis. Cantler's, O'Leary's, and Carrol Creek are all good seafood restaurants in nice locations. You could make an evening of it, and walk around Ego Alley (the pier) and Main St.

            1. also forgot about Sono Sushi on the lake in columbia is wonderful

              1. If you want to venture into Baltimore, Mamas on the Half Shell in Canton has great Maryland Style seafood. Also, the Ships Cafe in Catonsville has local style seafood, I haven't eaten there so I can't vouch for it:
                http://findlocal.baltimoresun.com/cat...
                Someone recommended LP Steamers, I would steer clear of that place, it's not very good.

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                1. re: hon

                  I'd advise Catonsville Gourmet over Ship's. I haven't had the best of luck there for seafood.

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                  Catonsville Gourmet
                  829 Frederick Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228

                  1. re: tremom

                    Just don't fall for the lobster mac'n'cheese at Catonsville Gourmet. The lobster is way overcooked and doesn't taste very fresh. Everything else I've had there has been good to very good.

                  2. re: hon

                    mama's has some good food, but will be packed. I like the Oyster stew.

                    1. re: hon

                      Catonsville Gourmet also has good seafood.

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                      Catonsville Gourmet
                      829 Frederick Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228