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May 10, 2010

Gunpowder Lodge

Timber Creek TavernA Dining@Large reader sends news of a new venue at old scenic spot, which reopened back in March. The tip actually came my way a few weeks ago, but somehow I forgot to post it. Here's the scoop. LV

The restaurant spot on Belair Road in Kingsville at the Gunpowder Falls has opened again under new ownership. For my lady friend and I this is the fourth or fifth resurrection on this spot that we have patronized.

There was Timber Creek Tavern under three owners (including the people who used to run the old Valu Food Markets who tried to turn it into a fancy restaurant with cloth tablecloths) and Hemingways that didn't even bother to change the old Timber Creek sign and only lasted a few weeks.

I've been told The Gunpowder Lodge is run by the people who operate Dead Freddies on Harford Road and in Bel Air. It has new furniture (including a new bar) and is really sun lit. Gone are the deer heads of Timber Creek vintage, but the fireplace remains for comfort on chilly evenings.

Their initial menu is heavy on burgers, pizza, and wraps with only a half dozen entrees. (Don't miss the mac and cheese as an appetizer or side!) They have a good list of brews on tap, too.

A real attraction now that the weather has warmed is the deck and the horseshoe pits down in the hollow "out back."

I sure hope they make it because it seems they're really trying.


Sun photo by Amy Davis

Posted by Laura Vozzella at 11:54 AM | | Comments (19)


The space has always had a good bit of potential, just not the right management behind the scenes. Many moons ago last time i went there, a beer and a shot was 6 bucks. Not bad, but i would expect a shot bigger then a plastic medicine cup for 4 dollars. The food was well executed, but not the wait for it. We'll see what the new ownership brings to the table.
Hope they continue the live music.

a dozen yrs ago when it was Timber Creek it was jam packed (reservations req.d) because the young chefs there turned out a fine meal - when they left (and Id like to know where they ended up) - it was one of my favorite places -after the left the place went downhill fast

Really, doesn't anyone proofread anymore? It should read, "For my lady friend and ME...", not "I." Me is NOT a 4-letter word and "I" and (horrors!) "myself" are NOT substitutes for "me.".

Really, doesn't anyone proofread anymore? It should read, "For my lady friend and ME...", not "I." Me is NOT a 4-letter word and "I" and (horrors!) "myself" are NOT substitutes for "me.".

Really, doesn't anyone proofread anymore? It should read, "For my lady friend and ME...", not "I." Me is NOT a 4-letter word and "I" and (horrors!) "myself" are NOT substitutes for "me.".

Really, doesn't anyone proofread anymore? It should read, "For my lady friend and ME...", not "I." Me is NOT a 4-letter word and "I" and (horrors!) "myself" are NOT substitutes for "me.".

Irony, thy name is Erin.

Click once, darlin'.

Thanks Erin. You're a jackass.

I used to love Timber Creek years ago. Everytime they open back up, I try it again (except for the few weeks they were Hemmingways). It's never the same :(

Anyway, I think the key to their success will be to get a chef in the kitchen.

Thanks Erin, we all read D@L for a grammar lesson. Now, put the keyboard away and go out and get some fresh air, it will do you good.

lest we also forget LV is quoting, I assume, verbatim from an worst, she neglected a [sic] in there.

Erin, just stay away from MY freaking lady friend.

When it was Logan's Lounge -- ah yes, way before it was Timber Creek -- you could get a beer, a Slim Jim and a pickled onion for under $2. Now that's some fancy dining! There was no such thing as "my lady and I" (or "my lady and me" for that matter) because back then, it was no place for a lady.

Pops, I would also love to find out what happened to the young chefs who turned the place around some years ago.

My horse's name was Lady. In my teens I'd ride up there (Logan's)with friends and swim in the river and get older folks to buy us carry-out. Thank goodness my horse knew her way home!!

Jill & Pops - one of the previous owners/Chef's was Bruce - he has a fabulous retaurant in Havre de Grace - The Laurrapin Grille - try it out, you wont be dissapointed!

Alot to be desired. The service was ok but the food was very disappointing. Reminds me of one of those bars that you drive by in Kentucky or Tennesse. By now you know I am truck driver. Thought there would better looking people there but not really. Recommend you spend your money other places.

My wife and I finally tried the Gunpowder Lodge on Saturday night and were pleasantly surprised of the quality of the entrees and the crowded dining room. I had "Monterey Chicken" which was great for 16.00 and was a very generous portion. She had a "Split Lobster" with trimmings and at $18.00 it a nice meal. The service was fast and "Blue Moon on tap" beer prices were in line with other resturants. We'll be going back soon.

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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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