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April 21, 2010

Catonsville restaurant week

Atwater'sIt's restaurant week in Catonsville, and that means discounts at some fine local restaurants -- and at a lot of ho-hum chains.

The list of participating eateries begins with Applebee's and goes on from there to McDonald's Pizza Hut.

But do not despair. There's also Atwater's, Catonsville Gourmet and Indian Delight.

As a resident of nearby Southwest Baltimore, I have a selfish interest in seeing the Catonsville dining scene continue to improve. I'm hoping that restaurant week will give people an excuse to dine out at some of the more interesting options.

Participating restaurants include:  Applebee’s, Atwater’s, Bakers Park, Café on the Grove, Candle Light Inn, Catonsville Gourmet, Dimitri’s International Grill, Duesenberg’s – An American Café, Edible Arrangements - Catonsville, El Nayar Mexican Restaurant, Friendly’s, G.L. Shacks, Indian Delight, Jennings Café, Lucy’s Paradise Café, McDonald’s in Catonsville, Munchies, Opie’s, Pizza Hut, Prime Central Sandwich, Ships Café, Spicy Garden, SugarBakers Cakes, The Rumor Mill and You Scream Ice Cream. 

Restaurant week discounts vary by establishment. Many offer 20 percent off or half of one entree with the purchase of another. 

Atwater's Peasant Wheat bread. Sun photo by Doug Kapustin

Posted by Laura Vozzella at 5:37 AM | | Comments (18)


ah, the Candlelight Inn. Sort of the Peppermill of Catonsville isn't it?


Yes both offer poor service. We once waited an hour to get food after we ordered it at Candlelight and we were one of 2 two occupied tables. We have not been back or will not be going back. There are plenty of better choices in Catonsville.

I've learned more about Catonsville in the last two months than I did in the previous 35 years of my life.

And that's a good thing, right? LV

Catonsville? Oh yeah, that's the place where you bought your guitar strings before the interweb existed. Catonsvile ... now with fried bread and cheese sandwiches and cold fried potatoes. Feel the magic

What's next, Edmonson Rst Week? Cockeysville Rst Week? Dundalk Rst Week?

Actually, a Dundalk restaurant week wouldn't be that bad. You have Jimmy's, Squires, Costas, Captain Harvey, etc... If you combine Dundalk with Essex, you get Pizza Johns and Mr. Bill's.

The brown gravy over white bread at Jennings Cafe is some of the best I've ever tasted.

Still remember the only time I ate there, trying to figure out exactly why we waited a half hour to get in. Feel the magic indeed.

Interesting -- the Rumor Mill is in old town Ellicott City. I guess Catonsville really is growing.

We go to Jennings Cafe because we like the not-so-young waitress (I think her name is Peggy) --- if you've been there, you know what I mean. Quite a lady.

We ate at Duesenberg's for lunch today and once again Gary hit it out of the park.

I had a salad for the first time "Steak and Zola" WOW!! I love the 'Doozey' tho!

Catonsville is not growing that big! I grew up in Catonsville and we are members of the Chamber there as well. We have always extended a helping hand "up" Frederick road-which is just Main Street with a better name.

Come visit us this month we are celebrating our Third Anniversary!!

Hey, where's Hunan Taste on that list? They're the best damn place to eat in Catonsville.

Catonsville Gourmet is my favorite restaurant outside of Baltimore City.

BYOB with a wine store across the street plus some great fresh oysters and seafood.

Memo to restaurant week planners out there: fast food places should be off the list.

There's not a lot of value to be had at a place that already offers a dollar menu. You're not encouraged to try new cuisines or types of dishes (no matter how exotic McDonald's claims its "asian" mcnugget dipping sauce is), and you're taking scarce local marketing money and using it to benefit national businesses that already benefit from massive ad campaigns. In the end, all it does is cheapen the restaurant week concept.

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How many more Riblets can I get during Restaurant Week at Applebees?

I have always imagined Applebee's riblets to taste just like what the cannibals in the Andes ate. They rank up there with caribou, moose, reindeer, and lamb carpaccio of top things that are most disgusting in the world.

Don't get me wrong - it's hard being a urbanophile and not getting even a little urge to get all elitist up in here.

But there are plenty of non-chain restaurants in the listings that I haven't heard of, and would be amenable to trying out, if Catonsville were even remotely convenient for me.

So, as a tool for increasing exposure of your local dining - so good on you, Catonsville Chamber of Commerce.

My wife's boss took her to Catonsville Gourmet for lunch a few weeks ago. She's been begging to go back ever since. This was the perfect excuse, and the entrees were great.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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