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I am moving to Timonium in a few weeks, close to Duleny Valley High School. I would like to know the best place to eat out, do take out, hidden gems, and best items on the menu of the area.
I am not against chains, but I would like more info on the non chain restaurants. Thanks!

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    1. Howdy, neighbor! Here are some places we frequent:

      * Cafe Spice (Indian, Cockeysville)

      * Pollo Amigo (Peruvian, Towson)

      * Tropical Grill (Salvadorian, Cockeysville)

      * Bluestone (Seafood, etc., Timonium)

      * Andy Nelson's (Beef & Ribs, Cockeysville)

      * Pho Dat Thanh (Pho, Towson)

      * Atwater's (Soup and Sandwiches, Kennilworth Mall)

      * There are many sushi places around as well, I've only tried Edo and San Sushi. There's a new Sushi Hana opening at the York/Ridgely shioopping center soon.

      Got kids? You'll need pizza:

      * Pasta Mista (Timonium and Towson)

      * CPK (Hunt Valley)

      * A zillion other small pizza and sub shops in the area

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      1. re: placidothecat

        pivs pub. kenilworth mall the italian gardens. cpk = horrible puke your guts out chain pizzaplace. can buy that garbage iat a grocer too fwiw.
        avoid that michaels raw bar place by giant. although the new-ish giant is nice for shopping.
        wegmans up the road is 10x better than the giant though. good food there.

        1. re: JamesPapa

          That seems a bit harsh. What is cpk?

              1. re: bmore_flavor

                And I agree with James Papa that CPK is bad, and my few experiences at Michael's have been not just terrible, but laughable.

                There are places in the area that aren't bad, but the only really chowhoundish place is Andy Nelson's, although James and I disagree on that one. Bluestone isn't bad, but you'll do better off the appetizer menu than the entrees.

                Wegman's is of course the only choice for groceries in the area.

                1. re: JonParker

                  MyOraganicMarket and FreshMarket will be opening soon. I think they may give Wegman's some competition.

                  1. re: 2000man

                    I think its MOM's Organic Market. Next to Charred Rib.

                    1. re: placidothecat

                      I think MOM's stands for MyOrganicMarket. Though, their website does verify my recollection.

                      1. re: 2000man

                        Ahh -- thanks. Been waiting for them to open so I can check it out.

                    2. re: 2000man

                      If the Fresh Market on Quarry Lake is any indication, there's not much fresh about The Fresh Market. Not even in the same zipcode as Wegman's in terms of variety either.

          1. re: placidothecat

            Try Maria's Sunday and Monday carryout deal. Half price pizza. It is pretty good.

          2. For true Maryland seafood I recommend Ocean Pride on York Road in Lutherville.

            1. seriously, just jump in your car like on a sunday at an odd hour and go/down York road. you will see or can find it all.
              i know you said you said you're not against chains but york road has a crap load. cpk being one, obviously..

              2 more. check out the amish market going towards wegmans. homemade foods. good stuff. and real thing at like 412 york road has decent cheesesteaks imo, of course what is a good cheesesteak varies heavily from p2p. if your the provolone, squishy bread type you'll probably enjoy. cheese whiz goop /hard roll type not so much..

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              1. re: JamesPapa

                I am a hard roll/provo guy, and thanx for a succinct and informative thumbnail sketch of Real Thing.

                The Real Thing
                412 York Rd, Towson, MD 21204

              2. Thanks everyone! Keep them coming.

                1. I like Christopher Daniel and Umi Sake (technically in Cockeysville).

                  Christopher Daniel
                  106 W. Padonia Rd., Timonium, MD 21093

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                  1. re: youami

                    Give the Natural or Nature Bros. a try. It is all vegetarian. Some of their stuff is really great. It is in the shopping center across from the fair grounds next to Giant.

                  2. I would highly recommend taking the 10 min drive to Hampden or Towson. The food in Hunt Valley/Cockeysville/Timonium is okay, but with a couple of exceptions (which get old pretty fast - I haven't noticed a lot of menu rotation), the restaurants are pretty generic. In Hampden (about two or three exits south on 83), I would recommend the wine bar (13.5%), Susie's soba (asian noodles of all makes and models), Golden West (vaguely southwestern), Holy Frijoles (tex mex), and Rocket to Venus (american with a bit of hipster flair). In Towson (I would suggest Sushi Hana and Purim Oak.

                    Golden West Cafe
                    1105 W 36th St, Baltimore, MD

                    Hampden Cafe
                    4800 Hampden Ln Ste 103, Bethesda, MD 20814

                    Holy Frijoles
                    908 W 36th St, Baltimore, MD 21211

                    Sushi Hana
                    4 E Pennsylvania Ave, Towson, MD 21286

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                    1. re: JesD

                      Purim Oak closed a while ago.

                      1. re: hon

                        Ugh, I think I knew that but have such good memories of the place it's failed to sink in. Sorry about that, and thanks very much for the reminder.

                        1. re: JesD

                          Me too - I loved Purim Oak. In fact, I think I had my first sushi there in the late 80's.

                          More recently, the spot housed Cafe Spice, which has since moved to Cockeysville.

                      2. re: JesD

                        Don't forget King's Kabob on the Avenue (36th Street). They serve delicious fresh pita, baba ganouj, and chicken kabobs.

                          1. re: hon

                            I posted in response to JesD's post on May 9, 2011 at 10:36 AM.

                        1. re: JesD

                          Thanks, butI work next to Hampden so I know those places. I am looking for stuff in the neighborhood. And Timonium is not 10mins away from Hampden.

                          Hampden Cafe
                          4800 Hampden Ln Ste 103, Bethesda, MD 20814

                          1. re: JesD

                            I live around the corner from Holy Frijoles, and it's not worth walking two minutes for, let alone driving for fifteen. If you're going to go out of your way for Mexican, go all the way down to Eastern Avenue. Actually, none of the places in Hampden mentioned here are worth going out of the way for, they are simply decent neighborhood places. But while in Timonium, check out Andy Nelson's and the Pennsylvania Dutch Market.

                            Hampden Cafe
                            4800 Hampden Ln Ste 103, Bethesda, MD 20814

                            Holy Frijoles
                            908 W 36th St, Baltimore, MD 21211

                          2. Ashland Cafe on York Rd (near Valley View Farms) , great place for breakfast and diner stle chow!!

                            1. I'm surprised no one has mentioned the "new" Peerce's Grill at the old Peerce's Plantation location......beautiful area right on Dulaney Valley Rd just past the reservoir.....OUTSTANDING crab cakes

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                              1. re: MDicecreamguy

                                Peerce's is just ok. We use it as a last minute place. Your best bet is to still go downtown. We di about twice a week. Not sure why the suburbs can't produce the same quality of food....but they can't

                                1. re: sas

                                  It's because most of the people who live in the Suburbs form an older demographic who seek bland, flavorless offerings. Any place that seeks to change the status quo, or add seasoning and taste to freshly prepared food, are quickly dismissed and persecuted for their extremist attitudes.

                                  We work in Timonium, but seldom eat there. Seems like every restaurant's menu is an exact copy of one another, and god forbid if your restaurant doesn't have a crab cake on the menu, or an over-cooked, hockey puck hamburger.
                                  You can make compromises and find places that are at least consistently average.
                                  But I'll definitely 2nd Andy Nelson's BBQ, and you should try Umi Sake for an interesting twist on some Japanese/Korean flavors.
                                  Of course, everyone's taste is different. I think the menu at the Still is overcooked food from Sysco, but people tell me how tasty it is, so maybe my standards are too high.
                                  Or maybe I just expect the food that is served to me to be step-up from something I can do at home.
                                  Is that too much to ask for?
                                  Keep drinking

                                  1. re: drunk_again

                                    Regarding The Still, your standards aren't too high. In fact, both they and Michael's manage to ruin Sysco food.

                              2. We were very impressed with demi. This is a small addition to Crush that serves wonderful tapas style dishes.