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Restaurants in Baltimore Area

androgyn141 May 18, 2010 11:04 AM

I have two families coming down for graduation in Baltimore, and we're looking at finding a restaurant that seats ten people and serves food at reasonable prices. We're not looking for a restaurant in the city because parking will be difficult, and with two drivers unfamiliar with the city, we don't want them to get stuck behind a light and then get lost or something. We'd like to find something in the county, preferably in the Timonium direction, but will also consider Anne Arundel and Howard Counties.
One person is veg/pescetarian and one is sensitive to peanuts (so no Thai, peanuts get in everything...)
Two people are picky eaters and will only eat "normal food" by which they mean they won't eat offal, things with really unusual spices, or things with unusual vegetables.

Does anyone have any recommendations? The patriarch of the group of six doesn't want to make reservations, which really frustrates me...

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    jeninfocus RE: androgyn141 May 18, 2010 12:54 PM

    Bluestone is in in timonium and has good "normal" food at decent prices. Plus its easy to get to and has free parking.


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      babydoll1013 RE: androgyn141 May 25, 2010 05:29 AM

      Don't know if this can work for you, but my large family (seating usually anywhere from 4-15) loves to go to Parkville''s Hibachi Grill- watch the food be cooked on the grill at your table.

      Or an alternative is Glory Days-- only possible problem might be the noise (can be a lil loud-- nights and weekends sport bar type restaurant)

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        HowChowBlog RE: androgyn141 May 25, 2010 07:47 PM

        Victoria Gastrpub in Columbia? It's normal food, good but lots of recognizable food like burgers, sandwiches, pot pies, fries, etc. Pretty casual. Great craft beers. It is also large enough that you may not need a reservation, and it's easy to reach from Rte 100.

        But I'm not sure I'd drive from Timonium past other options.

        This is Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/victoria-gast...

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          sixteenbiticon RE: androgyn141 May 26, 2010 01:17 PM

          Honestly, I really like the Stil on York Rd. We had our wedding rehersal dinner there and the food pleased everyone. The Irish Nachos are one of my most craved appetizers and the food is plain enough to please most picky eaters. They also have a surprisingly good seared tuna sandwich which is my go-to entree.

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            JonParker RE: sixteenbiticon May 26, 2010 01:30 PM

            This is another one of those places that people keep telling me is good and I keep having terrible experiences with. It's kind of staple place for company retirement / going away / whatever parties, and every single time it's been nearly inedible. I can't even tell you what I've had there, but nothing has been good at all.

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              foster RE: JonParker May 26, 2010 05:51 PM

              I agree with Jon. I have never liked an food from Au Pontin Stil. Plus, I went with an oversized (maybe 10) group of family once & they sat us in the most undesirable room imaginable.

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