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Where can I find authentic szechuan chinese in Baltimore?

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NotJuliaChild Aug 16, 2010 07:09 PM

I just moved to Baltimore and am looking for authentic chinese, preferably szechuan.

What do pepole recommend?

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    sweth Aug 16, 2010 07:44 PM

    Head down to Grace Garden in Odenton. (Search on the board for many discussions of it.)

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    Grace Garden
    1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

    1. crackers Aug 16, 2010 07:46 PM

      clickity -----> http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5201...

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        hotel Aug 17, 2010 08:17 AM

        Look into Hunan Taste as well, which is closer to Baltimore. It's located at Rolling Road and Rt 40.

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        Hunan Taste
        718 N Rolling Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228

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          HowChowBlog Aug 18, 2010 04:17 AM

          The new Red Pearl in Columbia has a Chinese menu with Szechuan dishes. I don't have the experience to say how they compare to China, but they're definitely different from the standard versions that they sell of their main menu.

          But Grace Garden is an absolute treat. This board has spectacular entries where people recommend specific dishes. It is literally family-run with a chef who just wants to put out great food. Absolutely worth your drive.

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          Grace Garden
          1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

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            hon Aug 18, 2010 06:17 AM

            where is Red Pearl located?

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              crackers Aug 18, 2010 02:36 PM

              Red Pearl is on the lake at 10215 Wincopin Circle, in the old Jesse Wong Hong Kong place- between the sushi place and Clyde's.
              410-715-6530

              Here's a link to another board where the Szechuan menu was posted: http://www.donrockwell.com/index.php?...

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              Dennis S Aug 18, 2010 11:35 AM

              Interested in Red Pearl as well - but to the OP: do not be discouraged by the outside of Grace Garden. It looks like a slum strip, but go ahead and go in - it is great.

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              Grace Garden
              1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

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                HowChowBlog Aug 18, 2010 06:14 PM

                Let me second this. Our first trip was in the winter when it was completely dark, and we might have driven away. The outside looks terrible. But the food is outstanding, and you're right across from Fort Meade.

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              DSattler Aug 19, 2010 12:42 PM

              Please note, though, that the original poster asked about authentic Szechuan. Neither Grace Garden or Hunan Taste are Szechuan, though I think both are quite good. Haven't eaten at Red Pearl yet, so I can't comment.

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              Grace Garden
              1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

              Hunan Taste
              718 N Rolling Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228

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                sweth Aug 19, 2010 02:53 PM

                Actually, the chef at Grace Garden is from Hong Kong but trained in Sichuan cooking, so many of the best dishes there are authentic Sichuan ones. Which is why I suggested it.

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                Grace Garden
                1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

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                  orangemix Aug 23, 2010 01:49 PM

                  Agree that many of the dishes are classic Sichuan/Szechuan dishes, so it definitely directly answers the OP's question.

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                hon Oct 26, 2011 06:26 AM

                I haven't been but "Red Pearl" in Columbia as Dennis pointed out serves Szechuan

                http://donrockwell.com/index.php?showtopic=14462&st=0&p=166776&#entry166776

                http://www.redpearlrestaurant.com/

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