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July 14, 2010

On the road from Damascus

B&O Railroad MuseumA church group from Damascus in Montgomery County is looking for a good restaurant recommendation in Baltimore.

Here's the message that came my way:

"I am trying to find a nice restaurant for a group of seniors from Damascus United Methodist Church, located in Damascus Maryland, to eat lunch at after touring the B & O Train Museum on West Pratt street."

The note continues:

"Ideally there would be free parking, the menu would have a fairly broad offering, and the prices would be moderate. I am hopeful that you could recommend a couple of restaurants that would 'fit the bill.'"

Suggestions?

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Posted by Laura Vozzella at 12:48 PM | | Comments (13)
        

Comments

The obvious choice would be B&O Brassierre in the Kimpton if they met any of the 3 criteria. How about The Wine Market on Fort Ave.? Free Parking. Good menu choices and the prices are not ridiculous.

Free parking is going to be the toughy on that, no doubt. that eliminates the whole inner harbor area.

I would suggest going back out into the county and getting a restaurant out of the city...

Wine market is a good suggestion, though there are some church groups that won't like going to a place that has an alcoholic beverage in their name.... not saying that this particular group would be like that, but just something to keep in mind.

This is a tough one. I think I agree with Matt, the best bet might be to head back toward Damascus.

Matthew's 1600 in Catonsville is just 20 minutes from the museum, has an affordable and accessible menu, plenty of parking, and can easily accomodate small and large groups.

http://www.matthews1600.net/about/

I second the recommendation of Matthews 1600!

Respectfully disagree on Matthews--though a large parking lot and large active bar, the DR and food are nothing special...and out of their way.

Attman's

chow, I am going to respectfully disagree with the disagreement.
:)

Matthew's doesn't look out of the way to me at all, and it meets all the criteria the trip-planner requested.

I would think the whole idea is to eat here, not on the road back. How about Langermann's on Boston Street?

But the trip-planner doesn't say she's planning a day in Baltimore, and there doesn't appear to be a any preference for a restaurant that's special, interesting, new, or actually even good, just one that would be appropriate for a group of people that have just spent some time on their feet in a historical museum, or as the trip-planner says, "nice."


Matthew's has the added bonus of having been the terminus for the old horse-car line, which should appeal to the kind of person who has subscribed to a trip to B&O Railroad Museum trip. An extra incentive for traveling back this way is the nearby B&O museum in Ellicott City. (There is a discount if tickets are purchased to both museums at the same time, which can be easily done at eit

But the trip-planner doesn't say she's planning a day in Baltimore, and there doesn't appear to be a any preference for a restaurant that's special, interesting, new, or actually even good, just one that would be appropriate for a group of people that have just spent some time on their feet in a historical museum, or as the trip-planner says, "nice."


Matthew's has the added bonus of having been the terminus for the old horse-car line, which should appeal to the kind of person who has subscribed to a trip to B&O Railroad Museum trip. An extra incentive for traveling back this way is the nearby B&O museum in Ellicott City. (There is a discount if tickets are purchased to both museums at the same time, which can be easily done at either site.

I'd like to help these folks find somewhere nice to eat that's also convenient. I don't know the tiny details of Matthews as well as some who seem to know it pretty intimately, but I've eaten there twice and the food just isn't that great. It's a nice bar for hanging out with the enthusiastic crowd...but I think in all the places convenient to their path, they could do much better foodwise and go less out of the way. In that neighborhood, Jennings and Chef Paolino have areas for large groups and much better food.

I recommend Zella's near Hollins Market. They have Pizza and Sandwiches are great prices. Parking is not free - - but dirt cheap. There is always parking available right up close to the entrance.

Those are both good choices, chowsearch. I don't know why I chose this thread to get so worked up about. I think I always wanted to be a concierge and tell people what to do.

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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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