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Dec 26, 2011 02:21 PM

Owings Mills restaurant suggestions for college graduation brunch

I'm looking for suggestions for a restaurant in either Owings Mills or Reisterstown for my daughter's college graduation brunch. It must be handicapped accessible. It can't be a crab house (half of the family is kosher) but it can have seafood. There will be young kids in our party (one toddler, 4 yrs. old, 9 and 10) so I'm not looking for anything too fancy

I hope I've given enough information. Thanks for your help.

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  1. Harryman House in Reisterstown would be perfect. They offer a variety of options and cater to private parties as well. Their pricing is somewhat reasonable and am certain that a special menu would accomodate your needs.

    In Owings Mills -you may want to check out Captain Harvey's. Not just seafood--there are many Italian oriented pasta dishes, chicken, burgers, etc. I believe that they also have private areas for occassions such as your upcoming event. FoiGras

    1. You may want to check out Mia Carolina's in Glyndon. reasonably priced and dependable food prep.

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      1. re: Hue

        Mia Carolina would be much better than Captain Harveys.......MC has a great private room.....excellent food....very reasonable

        1. re: Hue

          A real thumbs up on your suggestion. The most accomodating staff I've seen in a long time and really good food,

        2. I've been to MiaCarolina and I won't knock it. The food is reasonably good.
          In Owings Mills which for the most part is a vast wasteland of mediocre chain restaurants and even more mediocre non-chains, I would recommend Artful Gourmet Bistro. Quite good and fairly reasonably priced. Check out their menu on the website. For truly excellent (although somewhat high-priced) food, nothing really compares to Linwoods on Reisterstown Rd. just about on the border of Owings Mills and Pikesville.

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          1. re: michael4ny

            I agree withh michael4ny with regards to Linwood's. Just didn't recommend it as I thought it would be too pricey for what the Op was looking for. FoiGras

            1. re: FoiGras

              I forgot about Lineoods. It's very difficult to come up with
              a place for such a diverse group. I forgot about
              Linwoods but will check them out.

              Ease keep the suggestions coming.

          2. You may want to check out Ruths Chris--I am not certain, but they can arrange to "price/down--scale down" their menu. Friends of mine often just dine on hamburgers in the bar area. FoiGras

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            1. re: FoiGras

              salad man about 21 hours ago
              your choice of drinks, as long as we agree

              The above is a paraphrase of a Henry Ford quote. But this one I made up after a series of incidents at a Ruths Chris Steak House in Pikesville,MD(suburb of Balto.)

              In September 2012 while at this restaurant I ordered a "Beefeater Martini,straight up,shaken very cold,olive." Now I have been ordering this exact drink since April 17, 1960,the day I turned 21. A time when Martini meant gin, dry white vermouth to taste and an olive or lemon peel twist.

              Now I am very aware that James Bond rocked my world a bit with the
              choice of vodka. I am also cognizant that over the past 10 years many have invented fruity,treacly sweet concoctions served in Martini glasses.
              There are even "Shrimptinis"

              I,however, believe that a supposedly top tier steak house's bartender
              could still fill my classic drink order properly. I WAS WRONG WITH A VENGEANCE.

              The first drink I received was so loaded with olive brine that it was undrinkable and I had not even ordered a "dirty martini." When I got my waitresses attention I explained the problem and said "all I want is the gin,a little vermouth, and this time I'll try a twist." And she says,"Oh,we make all of our martinis with vodka and we never put vermouth in them."
              I responded by saying "even when the customer orders gin by brand and now asks for vermouth. Please ask your bartender to make it my way." I got my drink. All was now right with the world.:I thought.

              The episode bugged me. What primarily bothered me was "is this really
              Ruths Chris POLICY. I found that hard to believe,so the next day I called
              manager. His assistant told me" oh no that is our POLICY." I told her I was stunned that a customer's order would be totally disregarded in a top of the line restaurant,"even Burger King does it my way." She apologized and said she would take it up with her manager, and to please "give us another chance."

              I did. In November friends suggested Ruths Chris and I said what the hell,let's see what happens. Even worse. When I order this time I am very specific and am again told of the POLICY(with a great deal of attitude.) I am now in total anger management mode, and tell her I still want gin to which she comes back with "and do you want red or white?"
              I am momentarily puzzled and ask "red or white?' to which she responds
              "Vermouth.I have many customers who prefer the red in their martinis."
              And with every ounce of self control I can muster "white" She leaves and through a busboy I summon the manager and relate what has just happened,with the waitress at his side.He expresses shock and apologizes. I ask him to get a different server and we finish the evening.

              I put in a call to Steve De Castro,the franchisee of about eight RC restaurants. He gets back to me in a couple of days and we have
              a very frank and pleasant conversation during which he in turns seems to be stunned at the stupidity of it all ,angry at how I have been treated,
              and apologetic.He implores me to wait two weeks, try us again and you will be happy. Against all better judgement I say I will.

              After a disheartening Ravens game,NEVERMORE