Top 10 Old Baltimore restaurants that aren't institutions...yet
This week's Top 10 takes a little more in the way of explanation than usual. These are Old Baltimore restaurants that haven't reached the status of Institution, Icon or Landmark yet, and maybe never will. But they are part of the area's eating-out history.
You've maybe forgotten about them if you've lived around here a long time. Then someone mentions one and you think, "Oh, yeah, we used to eat there with Uncle Larry."
It doesn't count if the cuisine is something new-fangled like Asian, so we can't include the Orient in Towson, in spite of Anonymous' compelling argument.
These are places where the spiced apple ring garnish is not out of place.
There were other good suggestions that had the right feel to them but are too much on our radar to be considered "forgotten" restaurants, such as Suburban House, G & M, and even Ikaros. I've left off crab houses, too, because that's a whole different category.
I thought dcdiva's description really captured what we're looking for here:
I think of the Candle Light Inn in Catonsville as the ultimate old restaurant. It's been around since 1925 and is one of those places your prom date will take you for beef wellington and 80 year olds go for their anniversary parties.
Many of these I haven't been to in years, so if some of you argued that they have gone downhill, or been sold and changed (I know Angelina's is going for more fine dining than in the past), I didn't include them.
Other suggestions welcome. Here's my list: ...
* Burke's Restaurant and Cafe downtown. Giant sandwiches and famous fried onion rings.
* Candlelight Inn in Catonsville. See above.
* Eastern House in Highlandtown. Home cooking with a Greek accent. Open Christmas day!
* Eichenkranz Restaurant in Highlandtown. German, American and Italian fare.
* Frazier's in Hampden. A quintessential Hampden restaurant before Hampden restaurants became chic and upscale (Dogwood, Suzie's Soba, Woodberry Kitchen).
* Kibby's in West Baltimore. Best known for its shrimp salad and its soft crab sandwich.
* Michael's Steak & Lobster House in Bayview. Home of the 40-ounce steak dinner for under $20.
* Peppermill in Lutherville. You will probably be the youngest person eating there, but the American cuisine is fine.
* Perring Place in Parkville. Reliably good food at decent prices.
* Sunset Restaurant in Glen Burnie. My nomination as the successor to Haussner's. (OK, without the art collection.)
(Photo of Kibby's shrimp salad by Chiaki Kawajiri/Sun photographer)