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guenevere51 Jan 31, 2012 03:18 PM

I'm racking my brain trying to come up with a place to take my mother and sister for lunch this Saturday. Our various eating issues are making this difficult, so I'm hoping someone will have a suggestion. Here's our situation:

*Looking for lunch around 2 on Saturday.
*Mom's kind of a picky eater with sort of standard American tastes, so most "ethnic" places are out, otherwise I'd be headed to the Helmand or Lebanese Taverna. She's also not super comfortable with bars, although a low-key one with good food could work.
*I'm vegetarian, so seafood and steak-type places are out.
*Sister and I both prefer to eat fairly healthy, so most Italian places aren't ideal.
*Would like to contain this to places in Baltimore, AA Co, and the Catonsville-Ellicott City-Columbia corridor, with a budget of $20-ish per person excluding drinks.

Think that's about it - thanks for any ideas.

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    lawhound Jan 31, 2012 06:40 PM

    City Cafe, Bistro B in Bolton Hill, Clementine (not downtown - Harford Rd).

    1. f
      FoiGras Jan 31, 2012 11:08 PM

      Call aahead to the chef at Elkridge Furnace Inn. He is very accomodating and can fulfill your specifications. The restaurant is lovely, cozy and the food is exquisite. All of you would be impressed. FoiGras

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        stephanieg Feb 1, 2012 05:47 AM

        My first thought is Dogwood in Hampden. Very diverse menu, including lots of health-conscious vegetarian fare. Other places that might fit the bill are Gertrudes (in the BMA), Linwoods, and Donna's.
        Let us know what you pick and how it goes!

        1. guenevere51 Feb 1, 2012 01:49 PM

          Lots of good suggestions, thank you! Some of these unfortunately aren't serving when we're looking to go, and some are a little farther than I was hoping... at the moment Dogwood is sounding like the frontrunner. Has anyone tried the brunch there? The menu sounds delicious, but I've heard tales of inconsistent food and service.

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          1. re: guenevere51
            stephanieg Feb 2, 2012 06:40 AM

            I've never had brunch there, but have been many, many times for lunch and dinner. I've never had a bad experience and especially adore their vegetable curry and vegetarian "burger." Everything is always made with the freshest ingredients.

            1. re: guenevere51
              foster Feb 2, 2012 01:44 PM

              I recommend Kader's Cafe Mocha by the train station. I have never looked into the veg offerings, but I bet he has some great options. Lots of "healthy" dishes for sure. This place has some of my all-time favorite sandwiches..... It is a very cool space & I think your mom could find something like chicken salad or tuna salad.

              I have given Dogwood numerous tries (for some reason), both lunch and dinner, and have never been happy with my visit.

              Gertrude's is also a great option for what you are asking for....

              1. re: foster
                zebcook Feb 2, 2012 06:29 PM

                I'd agree that Dogwood is a good choice. Gertrude's has the advantage of location if the weather is good.

            2. Dennis S Feb 2, 2012 06:34 AM

              Snyder's Willow Grove.

              1. f
                ForFoodsSake Feb 4, 2012 01:33 PM

                B&O Brasserie at Hotel Monaco may work as well.

                1. guenevere51 Feb 4, 2012 04:02 PM

                  Soooo... as it turned out, we didn't end up going anywhere. My mother was pouting because the place she originally wanted to go (Moulin de Paris in Pasadena) was booked solid, which was what launched this thread. I made some suggestions and she had zero enthusiasm for anywhere else. Happy ending, though, they do takeout so we did that and had a tasty meal.

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