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Good Food near Crofton, MD

Midwest Foodie Aug 8, 2010 07:58 PM

We are new to the MD area in Crofton, and need to find good food. We do not eat out very often so when we do, its usually on date night or to celebrate a special occaison. Being from the twin cities, we are used to having everything close to us any reccomendations?? :) Thank you

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    Sal Gee RE: Midwest Foodie Aug 10, 2010 09:22 AM

    Special occasion dining in and around Crofton is hard to find, if not impossible. Maybe Four Seasons in Waugh Chapel? But cheer up, you are located smack dab in the middle of all that Balto, Annapolis and DC have to offer in terms of fine dining. I encourage you to search this board for restaurants in those areas and to be open to all the less than fancy ethnic possibilities your new home has to offer. Welcome!

    Hounds can you help?

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      Midwest Foodie RE: Sal Gee Aug 17, 2010 10:18 AM

      Thank you sooo much for the welcome :), we drove to Latin Quarter in Annapolis and it was NUMMY and the service was excellent, the manager/Friday night DJ Aldolph welcomed us, waited on us, and gave us great info :) Any other suggestions?

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        Sal Gee RE: Midwest Foodie Aug 20, 2010 11:27 AM

        It's great to see the Hounds coming through and that you're exploring the environs. (Keep up the "thank yous," by the way, we need more of that around here.)
        Seeing as the thread has gone beyond Crofton and "special occasion dining," and most of the recs are mainstream cuisines, I'll throw out a few ethnic standouts (besides Grace Garden) that I think make this corner of the metro area special:
        Nava Thai in Wheaton
        The Chicken Place, Peruvian, also in Wheaton (Much more than just pollo a la brasa.)
        Woodlands in Langley Park, vegetarian Southern Indian. (Marvelous work with spices.)
        La Sirenita in Hyattsville, real Mexican cuisine

        Keep exploring!

        Chicken Place
        2418 University Blvd W, Silver Spring, MD 20902

        Nava Thai Restaurant
        11315 Fern St, Silver Spring, MD 20902

        La Sirenita Restaurant
        4911 Edmonston Rd, Hyattsville, MD 20781

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          Midwest Foodie RE: Sal Gee Aug 21, 2010 09:55 AM

          LOVE ethnic food!! Thanks for the tips, yep will prob try them :) I usually am cooking Italian, American and Mexican foods because I keep all of those spices on hand. :)
          Its nice to try something new and different then what we usually eat.

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            Hue RE: Midwest Foodie Aug 21, 2010 10:12 AM

            If you like Greek chow then make the trek to Baltimore .
            Greektown is just a stones throw from Interstate 95 after you exit the Ft McHenry tunnel.
            In no particuliar order
            SAMOS, IKARO'S, ACROPOLIS, and my favorite ZORBA'S

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              Midwest Foodie RE: Hue Aug 21, 2010 03:47 PM

              Thank you for the suggestion, I just did a search to see how far from St Agnes hospital it is and on google maps the first try suggested an hour by Washington DC and the second (prob more accurate) said 20minutes. Is it by John Hopkins??

    2. Turtlejay RE: Midwest Foodie Aug 11, 2010 11:40 AM

      Favorites right in Crofton/Gambrills: (And yes, we do have Annapolis, DC, Balto, - even Glen Burnie, hon, - etc. but there are a few decent eateries right here in our zip code(s).)

      Four Seasons Grille - Waugh Chapel Village
      Big Fish Grill - Rte 3/Blockbuster Center
      Fins - Rte 3/K Mart Center
      Christopher's - Rte 3
      Otani - Rte 3/Giant Center
      Grace's Fortune - Bowie
      Kaufman's - Gambrills

      Grace's Fortune Restaurant
      15500 Annapolis Rd # 115, Bowie, MD

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        lawhound RE: Turtlejay Aug 16, 2010 08:30 AM

        We ate at Big Fish a year or two ago. It was middling chain resto food -- which is not surprising, because it is a chain. The wine selection was particularly uninspired.

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          Midwest Foodie RE: Turtlejay Aug 17, 2010 10:22 AM

          Thank you for the great suggestions, we tried the four seasons grille, I ordered the tuna tower and was expecting tuna, but instead had a mound of guacamole and red peppers. I was assuming it to be more tuna then guacamole so I ate my 4 chunks of salt & peppered tuna and took the guacamole with red peppers home and cooked fajitas for dinner :) It just wasnt what I had expected any other reccomendations on the menu there?
          Ill have to try the others if I get time to go out soon :)

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            pnads RE: Midwest Foodie Jul 27, 2011 03:57 PM

            Try the Goat Cheese Brulee. I could overdose on this dish.

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            irishrose RE: Turtlejay Jan 24, 2011 05:51 AM

            If you want to go out but don't want to drive far, Lemongrass off of Rt 3 is close to both Bowie and Crofton. The just put in a "kids space" but are otherwise "grown up" . I think Grace's Fortune in Bowie s good, too. I avoid chains so can't comment on other fishy spots along Rt 3. Kilarney House is good but mileage wise is between Crofton and Annapolis - in Edgewater.

            Grace's Fortune Restaurant
            15500 Annapolis Rd # 115, Bowie, MD

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            dining with doc RE: Midwest Foodie Aug 11, 2010 04:13 PM

            Grace Garden Chinese restaurant in Odenton. The food is over the top. Go to Gracegarden.com and check out the menu and click on items to see photos. The following chow blog and its 210 replies speaks for itself. Welcome to the area and you will love it.


            Grace Garden
            1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

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              Midwest Foodie RE: dining with doc Aug 17, 2010 10:34 AM

              Thank you :) I just found odenon in one of the weekly advertisements, funny I have been here a bit over a month and havent driven that way past waugh chapel yet :) Thank you again, any reccomendations or is everything good?

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                dining with doc RE: Midwest Foodie Aug 17, 2010 07:19 PM

                read the chowhound discussion I gave you and you will know what to order. don't miss items for me were the fish noodles, the whole fish with rice powder, the house wonton soup with special package (2 day advance notice), the fried eggplant with sweet and spicy sauce, the tea smoked duck ( 2 day advance notice), the braised beef short ribs with pepper sauce. also go to the web site and click on the menu items to see pictures

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                  Midwest Foodie RE: dining with doc Aug 18, 2010 01:07 PM

                  Thank you, that sounds great :)!!

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                    monkeyrotica RE: Midwest Foodie Jan 24, 2011 10:19 AM

                    Second Grace Garden. Minutes from Crofton and leagues superior to the overpriced Graces Fortune in Bowie.

                    Grace Garden
                    1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

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              ivysmom RE: Midwest Foodie Aug 11, 2010 04:18 PM

              Again, not in Crofton but not horribly far - don't forget Trattoria Alberto in Glen Burnie. A hidden gem in a strip mall that we first went to oh, 20 yrs ago or more, and it still gets
              excellent reviews.

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                Midwest Foodie RE: ivysmom Aug 17, 2010 10:35 AM

                thank you :)

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                cb1 RE: Midwest Foodie Aug 12, 2010 01:21 PM

                As Doc mentioned Grace Garden has gotton tons of reviews on here and its just ten minutes from Crofton. On 175 by Ft Meade. Seedy little area. Other places you may want to try, although not all are great for date night, but maybe carry out date night at home....

                Saigon Noodle House for Pho.....it's behind Rita's on 450
                Awe Shack .....corner of Conway (424) & 3
                KBQ in Bowie.......used to be a favorite of ours...haven't been in a year....heard it's not as good
                Fusia.....next to Shoppers...only had the sushi....really enjoyed it
                Pachanga Grill....on 170 across from the Ace hardware...we love it. some friends don't..go figure.....it's fun to sit outside, nothing to look at but fun just the same
                Expressway Pit Beef....just a roadside carryout on 170 between the 7-11 and Ace hardware...great pit beef and half smokes. I eat there atleast once a month

                For an actual date night...Lures Bar & Grill is just about fifteen minutes from Crofton......usually interesting beer selections and music out on the patio most Friday nights.....

                Sorry I didn't provide links, but most have websites easily found.
                Welcome to the area.....and like the others said....we aren't that far from B-More and Annapolis...or even DC for that matter....so special occasions might be worth a little bit of a drive.

                12500 Fairwood Parkway, Bowie, MD 20720

                Grace Garden
                1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

                Awe Shack
                Gambrills, MD, Gambrills, MD

                Saigon Noodle House
                2171 Defense Hwy, Crofton, MD 21114

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                  bowiemike RE: cb1 Aug 13, 2010 12:00 PM

                  I second Saigon Noodle House. Nothing fancy but pretty tasty.

                  Saigon Noodle House
                  2171 Defense Hwy, Crofton, MD 21114

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                    pnads RE: bowiemike Jul 27, 2011 04:02 PM

                    I third it! Also East Moon (off of 450), KBQ, Chesapeake Grille (hilltop shopping center)

                    12500 Fairwood Parkway, Bowie, MD 20720

                    Saigon Noodle House
                    2171 Defense Hwy, Crofton, MD 21114

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                    Midwest Foodie RE: cb1 Aug 17, 2010 10:39 AM

                    yes, I am noticing I am going to have to get used to the driving ;) we tried the fusia by shoppers
                    for carry out lunch and the wontons and egg rolls tasted fishy, we will have to try the sushi :) We love sushi :)
                    The Lures Bar and grill sounds interesting we LOVE interesting beer. In St. Paul, at one pub we really enjoyed they had chocolate beer, nummy :) and thanks again

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                      crackers RE: cb1 Aug 17, 2010 09:07 PM

                      I would second KBQ BBQ in Bowie on Fairwood Parkway off of Annapolis Road. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/449614
                      And also Pachanga Grill.

                      12500 Fairwood Parkway, Bowie, MD 20720

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                      odkaty RE: Midwest Foodie Aug 12, 2010 08:01 PM

                      I'm in the area too, and despair of ever having a good selection of local restaurants. But if we're going to go as far afield as Glen Burnie, I'd also suggest Pasta Plus and Facci (both Laurel). And don't forget Lemongrass (Crofton & Annapolis).

                      There's a new kabob place in the (awfully named) Princess Shopping Center at 424 & 3 that I keep meaning to try. The seafood/steak place in the same shopping center wasn't worth the trip.

                      Pasta Plus Restaurant
                      209 Gorman Ave, Laurel, MD 20707

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                        Midwest Foodie RE: odkaty Aug 17, 2010 10:40 AM

                        Thank you, I am really interestedin trying Lemongrass, do you know if there is a difference in locations? Some online reviews stated the one in Annapolis is favored what is your opinion?

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                          odkaty RE: Midwest Foodie Aug 17, 2010 07:29 PM

                          There are actually 2 Lemongrass in the Annapolis area — original on West St in Annapolis, and the second is off Housely Rd in Parole. Having dined frequently at both I prefer the second for both ambiance and food. It's a lot more laid back, service is better and IMO food is more consistent. I'd put the Crofton location third to those, but it's closer, and sometimes that's a biger concern!

                          You should also check out Punk's Backyard Grill at the Annapolis Mall.

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                          Midwest Foodie RE: odkaty Sep 19, 2010 07:56 PM

                          tried Lemongrass here in Crofton and it was good :) Thank you :)

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                            agarnett100 RE: odkaty Dec 4, 2010 11:42 PM

                            Avoid Lemongrass its a big let down the sauces come from a jar

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                            4X4 RE: Midwest Foodie Aug 13, 2010 12:10 PM

                            Old Bowie Town Grille is pretty good, and they have live music several nights a week.

                            Old Bowie Town Grille
                            8604 Chestnut Ave, Bowie, MD 20715

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                              Midwest Foodie RE: 4X4 Aug 17, 2010 10:47 AM

                              Thank you the website here looks really interesting, I havent been that way yet either LOL Is their a difference between Bowie and Old Bowie in location? the yahoo map on their web site looked unfamiliar....

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                                tfbrennan RE: Midwest Foodie Aug 18, 2010 04:26 PM

                                Old Bowie is the original Bowie. It's in northwest part of what is now known as Bowie, which was developed in the early 60's. From Crofton, take Rt 2 to Rt 450 Annapolis Rd toward Bowie and then take a right on Race Track Road. Follow that through Bowie and across Rt 197 where it becomes Rt 564 Lanham Severn Rd aka 11th Street and you'll be there in a mile.

                                After lunch or dinner, in the next block is Simple Pleasures Ice Cafe for homemade ice cream.

                                Even without your screen name, all the thank-you's gave you away as a midwesterner; welcome.

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                                  odkaty RE: tfbrennan Aug 18, 2010 04:31 PM

                                  Rt 3 (not Rt 2)

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                                    tfbrennan RE: odkaty Aug 19, 2010 11:43 AM

                                    oops, sorry. thanks for the correction.

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                                    Midwest Foodie RE: tfbrennan Aug 19, 2010 10:25 AM

                                    THANK YOU thats FUNNY :)

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                                      kara2006 RE: tfbrennan Nov 11, 2010 12:00 PM

                                      I'd go to Simple Pleasures Ice Cafe for lunch, too. Good homemade soups, nice warm ciders, flat bread pizzas and sandwiches.

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                                  mrsphud RE: Midwest Foodie Aug 16, 2010 03:35 PM

                                  Jerry's Seafood in Bowie is wonderful. Great service and the crab bombe is the bombe!

                                  Jerry's Seafood Restaurant
                                  15211 Major Lansdale Blvd, Bowie, MD 20716

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                                    Midwest Foodie RE: mrsphud Aug 17, 2010 10:49 AM

                                    That website looks good too :) I have not tried a crabcake yet, and really do not know what to expect, is that one of the best places around to try one?? :)

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                                      irishrose RE: mrsphud Jan 24, 2011 05:42 AM

                                      Jerrys is too expensive for what you get - seafood from where thou dost not want to ponder

                                    2. monkeyrotica RE: Midwest Foodie Aug 17, 2010 12:24 PM

                                      Hana Sushi in Odenton, 8743 Piney Orchard Parkway. Really generous slices of firm, fresh sushi. I ordered a chirashi where there was actually more fish than rice. My Japanese mother says it's the best she's had in the county.

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                                        Midwest Foodie RE: monkeyrotica Aug 17, 2010 12:35 PM

                                        Thank you! for the suggestion. ;) We tried a highly reccomended sushi place in Annapolis (Joss) on date night and the sushi was room temp and not very tasty at all. Again it was reccommended by several people so maybe it was an off night for the restaurant... After the drive, the baby sitter, then the food, I was preatty sad... I REALLY have to go to Odenton :) Thank you I just checked the web site and I am very nearby. I appreciate the feedback :)

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                                          dining with doc RE: Midwest Foodie Aug 17, 2010 07:20 PM

                                          not sure how far to columbia but sushi sono on the lake in columbia is great

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                                            Midwest Foodie RE: dining with doc Aug 18, 2010 01:10 PM

                                            Thank you :) Ill have to google Columbia and see how far it is from Crofton, I am soo glad I got on here for advice!!! :)

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                                              dining with doc RE: Midwest Foodie Aug 18, 2010 05:56 PM

                                              food destinations should include Baltimore, DC, Annapolis, Bethesda, Wheaton, Kent Island.
                                              you can learn a lot on Chow as well as tripadvisor.com and yelp.com but there are endless foodie destinations within an hour car drive from you,

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                                          Midwest Foodie RE: monkeyrotica Aug 19, 2010 06:13 PM

                                          I drove past Hana Sushi today looking for the ice rink, its a really cute place cant wait to try it :)

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                                            dining with doc RE: Midwest Foodie Aug 19, 2010 07:35 PM

                                            hockey mom?

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                                              Midwest Foodie RE: dining with doc Aug 21, 2010 09:41 AM

                                              Minnesotan :) but yes, one of my daughters was into hockey and now is interested in figure skating :)

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                                              Dr_Gonzo RE: Midwest Foodie Aug 20, 2010 07:42 AM

                                              Stop in and try Mamma Roma in the shopping center right there in Piney Orchard. The food is tasty and right on your way. If you like your red sauce with a little kick, ask for the diablo sauce instead of the classic red, great stuff. My personal favorite is the Liguine Adriatica with diablo....

                                              Mamma Roma
                                              8743 Piney Orchard Pkwy, Odenton, MD 21113

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                                                Midwest Foodie RE: Dr_Gonzo Sep 19, 2010 07:57 PM

                                                tried the pizza, it was ok :) I forgot to ask for the diablo sauce. I asked for thin crust but it wasnt very thin.... where can u get a paperthin crust?? :)

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                                                  graysonlaw RE: Midwest Foodie Sep 8, 2011 12:42 PM

                                                  Just found this string -- hey, if you happen to find a pizza place even CLOSE to being as good as Red's Savoy in St. Paul, let me know!!!

                                                  Definately agree that the Twin Cities seems to offer much more than the Odenton/Crofton area -- we are in Hanover, and still not much more to suggest beyond the list on this string.

                                            3. re: monkeyrotica
                                              Midwest Foodie RE: monkeyrotica Aug 30, 2010 06:24 PM

                                              LOVED IT :) Hana Sushi is AMAZING!! We went there last week, and had an amazing meal, amazing service and loved the cute waterfall behind the complex :) Thank you

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                                                monkeyrotica RE: Midwest Foodie Aug 31, 2010 04:00 AM

                                                I was also at Hana this weekend and the tuna sashimi was particularly fresh: a rich, deep, almost steak-like red. Nothing like the usual tepid off-grey tuna one tends to find in stripmall sushi bars.

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                                                  cb1 RE: monkeyrotica Nov 11, 2010 08:49 AM

                                                  Monkey, Thank you for giving Midwest Foodie the rec for Hana. I live right around the corner and had never been there. Got carry out there the other day, and was quite good. Pretty reasonable prices as well. During lunch we had three different rolls and soup for like 12 bucks. Will definately be going for a sit down. Neat little place, I'll bet its packed on weekend nights.

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                                              Dr_Gonzo RE: Midwest Foodie Aug 20, 2010 07:05 AM

                                              A short drive down 424 and 214 to Edgewater will also yield you a few more options.

                                              First along the way is Bayside Bull for BBQ. The pulled pork isn't your traditional, sauce on the side (it's already mixed in) but, it's a decent sandwhich and they also offer pit beef or turkey. Be prepared, they are cash only and the line moves quickly with local that know exactly what they want already. I highly recommend them for a catered function, they are always a hit with their on-site smoker.

                                              A little further into town and all on the very short stretch that is Mayo Road, there are 3 standout options:

                                              Edgewater Restaurant, known for some of the best crabcakes around. They tend to get very busy so get there early and know in advance that you could have a bit of a wait. Though not as good as my eastern shore grandmother's, these are about the best retaurant crabcakes you will find in the area.

                                              Mayo Thai Kitchen/Carlson's Doughnuts. Yep, you read that right, thai food and doughnuts in one small, unsuspecting spot. The Thai food here is pretty good and the folks that work there are super-friendly. I rarely have a meal here that I don't truly enjoy. Beware, the crispy whole fish is HUGE so ordering it for just one person is to be considered carefully. Favorites in regular rotation for us are the Kee Mao Beef, Cashew Nut Chicken, Pad Kaprow, and the Gang Ped Yang (duck curry) is lucious with duck fat adding a lot of depth to the already tasty yellow curry. The Duck Pad Ped (crispy duck with spicy Basil Sauce) is tasty but, tends to be a little dried out if you get it for carry-out, you may want to stick with eat-in. The doughnuts here, available only in the morning, are fantastic. These square belly-bulgers draw people from all around the area on weekend mornings. Warning, once they sell out, as they usually do, that's it for the day, try again tomorrow.

                                              Saigon Palace, at the corner or Mayo Rd and Rte 2, is a vietnamese eatery that replaced a mediocre chinese restaurant several years ago and has become a local favorite. This is another spot that receives very frequent visits from my family. Repeat dishes for us are the Lemongrass Beef (or chicken if you prefer), and on the not-so-spicy side are the mixed vegetable sautee with choice of protein, Clay Caramel fish (or pork), and the Shaky Beef. The Pho is also quite good if you need a noodle fix.

                                              Saigon Palace
                                              10 Mayo Rd, Edgewater, MD 21037

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                                                Dr_Gonzo RE: Midwest Foodie Aug 20, 2010 07:27 AM

                                                A couple more options in this direction that I forgot....

                                                Killarney House on 214 in Davidsonville. Cozy atmosphere and pretty darn good Irish food. The fish & chips are suprisingly good (most in the area are pretty lousy) for a lunchtime meal. Entree standouts for us have been the Sheperd's Pie and the grilled lamb chops (VERY tasty but be sure that they cook it to your desired doneness, they tend to over-cook it). The Jameson (a simple NY Strip I believe) steak was a bit of a letdown however. Entrees can be had with steamed veggies and mashed parsnips as sides but beware that the steamed veg will need an almost unhealthy dose of salt to correct a total lack of seasoning from the kitchen. This place is right up the road from Homestead Gardens and the two make perfect companions for a quick outing.

                                                If you have to get your Maryland Crabhouse fix (usually defined in our area by a great water-front view and very mediocre food), Mike's Crabhouse is just a few minutes up the road in Riva. There are plenty of tables both indoors and out and the service is usually decent. The food will not blow you away but it's not too bad and the view, right next to the South River Bridge is a great place to drink cold beer and eat seafood.

                                                Killarney House Restaurant
                                                584 W Central Ave, Davidsonville, MD 21035

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                                                  Midwest Foodie RE: Dr_Gonzo Aug 21, 2010 09:50 AM

                                                  Thank you :) Thats allot of great information and thank you for being so candid, we do love great scenery and atmosphere but the food has to be equal or I'd prefer just to go there and order drinks and appetizers :) The doughnut/Thai place sounds VERY interesting, we may have to go there after/before church one of these Sundays :) We have been stopping at Dunkin Doughnuts (new to us) but a real bakery sounds much more appealing and it takes soo much grease to make our own doughnuts it almost seems like a waste. Going to definately try momma romas if they have pizza in the diablo sauce, for pasta I usually make my own secret sauce ;) Thank you again :)

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                                                    LucindaLC RE: Midwest Foodie Aug 22, 2010 05:35 PM

                                                    Living in Bowie, working in Crofton, I'd agree with what most everyone suggested.
                                                    Looking for a good stand alone bakery? Try the Cakery in Bowie. Their cakes are
                                                    moist, flavorful and amazing. I love their croissants and muffins too. They make the
                                                    most wonderful special occasion cakes. The Cakery is off of Rt. 450 W, turn R onto
                                                    Race Track Road and they are in the stores behind the shopping center. I really like Allison's on Rt. 450 E, in the same shopping center as the Crofton Lemongrass. Allison's is locally owned, small and they have weekly specials. I like that they have less tables to they can focus on the quality of the food. Allison's is one of my favorites. Also, if you want Mexican
                                                    you might want to try Mi Casita. I wouldn't call it fancy, its casual. And popular. Mi Casita is at the intersection of Rt. 450 E and Rt. 424. Also there is a wonderful butcher (free standing) in Annapolis. Its called My Butcher and More. www.mybutcherandmore.com. Mike is the butcher and he is amazing. They have a deli onsite plus they do special orders. My neighbor is from Chicago and loves tritip beef, which she says isn't easily available her. My Butcher and More has special cuts like that.

                                                    Look luck exploring and have fun!

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                                                      cb1 RE: LucindaLC Aug 23, 2010 09:54 AM

                                                      Lucinda, great rec for My Butcher and More! I haven't been to the new shop in Annapolis. I really miss them being right at Staples Corner. And I have also enjoyed Mi Casita there in the same shopping strip. Midwest Foodie, the liquor store there has a great beer selection, the best in the area IMO. Staples Corner Liquors. Corner of 424 and 450.

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                                                        Midwest Foodie RE: cb1 Aug 23, 2010 11:32 AM

                                                        Thanks guys, I stopped into shoppers the other day and bought some chicken to make some Kung Pao chicken. I got all of the sauces prepped and when I opened up the chicken and the WHOLE kitchen smelled like ROTTEN eggs. :( The expiration date wasnt for 3 more days!! I think the butcher may be the key, thank you for suggesting it. :) I have never experienced anything like that and then when I brought the chicken back to the store they weren't even surprised at the meat being expired they just said"ok well yeah it smells disgusting, you should exchange it" I was at least expecting them to be a bit shocked and say OH Sorry this shouldnt have happened or been fearful that the rest of the chicken may be tainted. I will NOT be buying any more meat there, even if it is on the way home again :(

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                                                          cb1 RE: Midwest Foodie Aug 23, 2010 02:15 PM

                                                          I'm sorry for your Shoppers chicken fiasco....I just picked up a small roaster and did a beer can chicken last night from shoppers, was pretty awesome. But FWIW, my wife won't buy any kind of meat, poultry from Shoppers. I've never had a problem...maybe that's why she doesn't let me do the shopping! There are like 6 grocery stores within ten minutes of Crofton, Shoppers, Giant, Safeway, Bloom, Weiss, Super Fresh....none of them are that great. We keep getting teased with a Wegmans...a more high end grocery store..I see they cleared the land for it....but I'll believe it when I see it.....BTW, you need to share the Kung Pao recipie!

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                                                            Midwest Foodie RE: cb1 Aug 24, 2010 06:22 PM

                                                            HERE IT IS NUMMY.......dont remember where I got it from though, online somewhere. ;) Soo good!! pairs well with a white zin as well
                                                            1 pound skinless, boneless chicken
                                                            breast halves - cut into chunks
                                                            2 tablespoons white wine
                                                            2 tablespoons soy sauce
                                                            2 tablespoons sesame oil, divided
                                                            2 tablespoons cornstarch, dissolved in 2
                                                            tablespoons water
                                                            1 ounce hot chile paste(we used red HOT Hunan sauce from Safeway)
                                                            1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar(we used balsamic) all we had :)
                                                            2 teaspoons brown sugar
                                                            4 green onions, chopped
                                                            1 tablespoon chopped garlic
                                                            1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts
                                                            4 ounces chopped peanuts

                                                            1 To Make Marinade: Combine 1 tablespoon wine, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon cornstarch/water mixture and mix together. Place chicken pieces in a glass dish or bowl and add marinade. Toss to coat. Cover dish and place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
                                                            2 To Make Sauce: In a small bowl combine 1 tablespoon wine, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon oil, 1 tablespoon cornstarch/water mixture, chili paste, vinegar and sugar. Mix together and add green onion, garlic, water chestnuts and peanuts. In a medium skillet, heat sauce slowly until aromatic.
                                                            3 Meanwhile, remove chicken from marinade and saute in a large skillet until meat is white and juices run clear. When sauce is aromatic, add sauteed chicken to it and let simmer together until sauce thickens.

                                                            Sometimes I also add broccoli to this mix in the mix or sometimes on the side :)

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                                                  BontheC RE: Midwest Foodie Sep 24, 2010 02:15 PM

                                                  Hi, I came in late in the game and I read every post more or less so I hope I'm not repeating myself here. Live in Annapolis, so most suggestions will be in the area.

                                                  Jalapenos- (Forest Drive in Forest Plaza) Looks like nothing since it's squeezed into a strip mall and overshadowed by the new Annapolis Towne Center, but the food never disappoints. Spanish/mexican. Tapas are the way to go and boy some of them are just drool worthy such as the roasted peppers stuffed with crab, chorizo enchiladas in mole sauce, and buttered salmon with a lemon caper drizzle. So much to choose from.

                                                  Les Folies (Riva Road very close to Jalapenos) French. Awesome raw bar, with oyster selections from both coasts, very well executed bistro favorites like steak frites. Boring from the outside, but lively with great atmosphere inside.

                                                  Severn Inn - (1993 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd) Location unbeatable for this area. Very large outdoor decks, perched on the Severn River overlooking the Naval Academy. Fun to watch the boat traffic. They have had their highs and lows and we gave up on them but came back recently. Their pub menu served from 2:00 p.m. is the star here. We only go for that. Great eclectic selections, plenty of seafood -crab cakes with fried green tomatoes, lobster mac-n-cheese, crab bisque, garlicky mussels with frites, cheese plate, etc

                                                  Hell Point Seafood - (Chef Owned) Dowtown Annapolis, historic district. Had a rough start but have eaten lunch here 6 times. Prices are just too ridiculous for us to go for dinner so that is why we stick to lunch and that can still squeeze the wallet. Lots of creative touches here. Normal sounding dishes like fish and chips always come with some special twist. Lots of great choices from seafood to sandwiches like lobster rolls and reubens. Menu changes often.

                                                  There are some more but I have run out of time. Happy eating.

                                                  Severn Inn
                                                  1993 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21409

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                                                    Midwest Foodie RE: BontheC Sep 29, 2010 08:28 PM

                                                    Thank you very much for the ideas :) Much appreciated, we are finding more and more food we like here with great suggestions like these :)

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                                                    Mirdith RE: Midwest Foodie Nov 12, 2010 05:38 AM

                                                    Anyone know what happened to Jasper's on Route 3? It was around forever and then closed, with a sign saying Closed for Renovations. Now the sign is gone and there's a Space for Lease sign on the building.

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                                                      cb1 RE: Midwest Foodie Nov 26, 2010 04:47 PM

                                                      What to avoid.....Waugh Chapel Village Wine & Spirits. I live right behind there but had given up on this place purely on the attitude of the staff. That was a couple of years ago. I had to stop in the other night real quick because I couldn't make it to my favorite place Staples Corner liquors. Nothing has changed. Same staff, and same sh@tty attitude. How this place stays is business is beyond me. I guess its because they are right next to a grocery store so it's easy in easy out...but I will continue to drive out of my way than have to give these clowns my business. Sorry for the rant, I just cant believe someone would let their business be run this poorly.

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                                                        Shock55 RE: Midwest Foodie Nov 28, 2010 09:02 AM

                                                        Welcome to the Crofton area. Live on the north side in Gambrills across from Village at Waugh Chapel. A few suggestions.

                                                        In Village at Waugh Chapel - Four Seasons Grill - Our favorite restaurant in the area.
                                                        In the Giant Shopping Center on Rt 3, there is a Japanese restaurant called Otani which serves Sushi and Japanese food, also axcelent food.

                                                        Hope this helps.

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                                                          DMcCabe RE: Shock55 Dec 3, 2010 04:15 AM

                                                          Check out Punk's Backyard Grill in Annapolis. It's attached to the mall, but the food is really good and it has a nice casual atmosphere.

                                                          Punk's Backyard Grill
                                                          2188 Annapolis Mall, Annapolis, MD 21401

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                                                          laststandchili RE: Midwest Foodie Dec 3, 2010 09:27 AM


                                                          Long as you're driving a litle ways, I highly recommend East West Bistro in Pasadena.

                                                          Strip mall joint with very good American style Chinese, some fairly authentic Chinese dishes as well as a smattering of Thai that are all very well done. I've never been a big sushi guy, have developed cravings since the wife and I started frequenting this place.

                                                          East West Bistro
                                                          8151 Ritchie Hwy, Pasadena, MD 21122

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                                                            dracisk RE: Midwest Foodie Sep 9, 2011 05:50 AM

                                                            Thanks for this topic! I live in Dupont Circle but spend most weekends at my boyfriend's place in Crofton -- it's been quite an adjustment food-wise!

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