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sidesjf Jan 28, 2014 06:59 AM

Anything ethnic or different in Catonsville or other area between BWI and Baltimore (83)

  1. melpy Jan 28, 2014 09:37 AM

    Neither are ethnic but my parents swear by Catonsville Gourmet and Duesenberg's.

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      Jason1 Jan 28, 2014 10:09 AM

      Catonsville's not really between BWI and Baltimore, it will be slightly out of your way. What time are you going? Duesenberg's is a good lunchtime spot if you're looking for Sandwiches while Catonsville Gourmet's a BYOB seafood restaurant. I've never been, but the German dinners a Duesenberg's are supposed to be fantastic. You're also in the right area for great "ethnic" food. If you're interested in authentic Chinese, Hunan Taste is very good (just make sure you order from the Chinese menu). For Vietnamese, Pho Pasteur in the same shopping center is a great choice. If you like Korean, you are also in luck. The Hanoori Town and H-Mart in this shopping center both have casual food-court style options.

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      1. re: Jason1
        GraydonCarter Jan 30, 2014 12:12 PM

        In Catonsville is the family run El Nayar Mexican Restaurant

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        amaebi Jan 28, 2014 07:01 PM

        We really like Taste of Aloha in Arbutus. Down home Hawaiian comfort food like loco moco and Kalau pork. Not far from BWI.

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          foster Jan 30, 2014 08:20 AM

          thanks for bringing this place to my attention! looking forward to trying it soon!

          I am always trying to think of somewhere to go on the way home from bwi -- but for me, it's usually more like a late dinner time.

          ....Grace garden is great, but not open late & not what I'd call a convenient place to stop on the way to baltimore.... I don't consider R&R on the way home either, FWIW.

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          Zevonista Jan 29, 2014 04:36 AM

          Not between BWI and Baltimore, but just a little bit south - Grace Garden on Routh 175 for some of the best authentic Chinese on the east coast.

          If you're in the mood for Mexican, check out R&R Taqueria in the Shell station at Rt 175 and Rt 1. Yes, it's in a gas station, but it's the best Mexican in the DC/Baltimore region.

          Both are well worth the short drive south.

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          1. re: Zevonista
            2000man Jan 29, 2014 03:57 PM

            Tell me more about R & R. Nevermind... http://www.rrtaqueria.com/

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              sidesjf Jan 30, 2014 07:16 AM

              I have been meaning to try r and r. Can you eat inside? Also I have tried 3 dishes at grace gardens. The fish noodles were ok and the other 2 were very salty and tough. I must not have ordered right. I need to go with a group who knows what they are doing

              1. re: sidesjf
                melpy Jan 30, 2014 08:37 AM

                My parents were also underwhelmed with Grace Garden. I really wanted to go but now I don't know what to order.

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                  flavrmeistr Jan 30, 2014 10:17 AM

                  There's two menus at GG. The "American" one for the GI's across the street, and the Chinese one with all the delicacies. Everything I've ordered from the Chinese menu has been pretty damn tasty. I work about 15 minutes from GG, so I eat there fairly regularly. If you can describe a dish, they will make it for you. They usually nail it.

                  1. re: melpy
                    GraydonCarter Jan 30, 2014 12:09 PM

                    GG is for chowhounds who love spicy schezuan food

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                      zenim Feb 3, 2014 09:40 PM

                      My Chinese husband is also underwhelmed by GG and he and I love spicy food. GG does have a cult following much like music groupies. It is OK to good. The owner and his wife are lovely people and he will adjust the recipes for those wishing less spicy food. But keep your expectations in average to good range if you have had excellent Chinese food. For that locally we go to Rockville or Falls Church and Northern VA.

                      There is a good Mexican restaurant on the exit from the airport. Los Portales - 4 star on Trip Advisor. It is open late at night.

                      1. re: zenim
                        Steve Feb 4, 2014 07:02 AM

                        There is a Monster thread on Chowhound regarding all the excellent meals at GG.

                        Have you special ordered anything?

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                          zenim Feb 4, 2014 07:19 PM

                          I am aware of the "monster" thread as that was my first intro to the existence of GG.

                          Are you kidding? As I said my Husband speaks Mandarin and he and chef Li have had many discussions about food. Mai has even brought vegs from her garden on occasion and prepared it special for us. We have also been there for special Chinese banquets with some Chinese friends.

                          We characterize the food as med to good. To suggest it is the best on the east coast or even great is misleading. Some dishes are the best in the Baltimore area and others are not.

                          1. re: zenim
                            Steve Feb 5, 2014 10:44 AM

                            I am not misleading people when I say I've had great meals there. I meant every bit of what I said, and I still do.

                            Only my last visit was a bit disappointing.

                            Of course... you are entitled to your opinion.

                            1. re: zenim
                              Kurtis Feb 6, 2014 02:19 PM

                              Sounds like your husband has guided you well. Would you care to share your better experience with Chinese food in this region?

                              What is "best" is relative to the extent of individual's experience that makes it not a great point of discussion. I do think that GG has more than a dozen dishes that really shines and compete very well or better with CH favorite joints of similar in NYC.

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                                bmorecupcake Feb 27, 2014 08:10 AM

                                I agree GG can sometimes be underwhelming. Before, even the Americanized Chinese menu was prepared very well, but it's been a very long time since we've had something prepared well from that menu. Also, we've had enough misses from the traditional menu recently that it's sometimes hard to justify the trip since the price increases.

                                The Szechuan Fish Fillet dish remains consistent for us, though. It carries out well and is worth the detour if passing by.

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                                  zenim Feb 27, 2014 11:56 PM

                                  The Szechuan fish filet dish is our favorite at GG. Sichuan Jin River in Rockville has Flounder and Soft Tofu in Spicy Soup which is more authentic to our palates. We do like the way the Beef Tendon and Tripe at GG is cut but prefer the sauce at Sichuan Jin River.

                            2. re: zenim
                              foster Feb 5, 2014 01:42 PM

                              thanks Zenim - I will definitely be stopping there after my next flight home!

                          2. re: sidesjf
                            mscoffee1 Jan 31, 2014 10:34 PM

                            At R&R there was only a counter and three stools when eating inside, when I was last there.

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                          flavrmeistr Jan 30, 2014 10:20 AM

                          There are tons of Korean and a few ethnic Chinese restaurants that have popped up in Ellicott City on US 40 over the past few years. So far, I've only tried Bon Chon and Honey Pig, which are both okay.

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                            sidesjf Jan 31, 2014 09:04 PM

                            This is why I need people in the know to eat with.

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                              fldhkybnva Feb 4, 2014 12:58 PM

                              I agree Honey Pig is just OK.

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                                GraydonCarter Feb 5, 2014 07:08 AM

                                Honey Pig is perfect for hip, young people who don't want to eat at a diner at 1am.

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                              Vidute Feb 9, 2014 10:19 PM

                              if you like single origin chocolate truffles, jama cocoa on east dr in arbutus makes some very good ones.


                              catonsville's duesenbergs restaurant turns into a german restaurante wednesday through saturday evenings. the food is very good.


                              also, as an fyi, cracker barrel has recently opened on w nursery road.

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                                Bizzy16 Mar 6, 2014 06:26 PM

                                How about Maiwand Kebab? I know nothing about Afghan food, but I know it's tasty, and close by BWI.

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                                  flavrmeistr Mar 17, 2014 07:09 AM

                                  Spot on. One of my favorite lunches.

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