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Drive Through


Jefferson Jackson Steele

Eat Special Issue 2000

Drive Through Introduction

Exit 2 Route 10, Severna Park

Exit 3 Governor Ritchie Highway, Brooklyn / Glen Burnie

Exit 4 Interstate 97, Annapolis

Exit 6 Route 170, Linthicum

Exit 7 Baltimore - Washington Parkway, uh, Baltimore / Washington

Exit 8 Hammonds Ferry Road, Linthicum

Exit 11 Interstate 95, Downtown Baltimore

Exit 12 Wilkens Avenue, Baltimore / Arbutus

Exits 13/14 Frederick Road / Edmondson Avenue, Catonsville / Ellicott City

Exit 15 Baltimore National Pike, Catonsville / Ellicott City

Exit 16 Interstate 70, Columbia

Exit 17 Security Boulevard, Woodlawn

Exit 18 Liberty Road, Lochearn / Randallstown

Exit 19 Northwest Expressway, Reisterstown / Westminster

Exit 20 Reisterstown Road, Northwest Baltimore / Pikesville / Owings Mills

Exit 21 Park Heights Avenue, Northwest Baltimore

Exit 22 Greenspring Avenue, Pikesville

Exit 23 Interstate 83 South, Baltimore

Exit 24 Interstate 83 North, Timonium / Cockeysville

Exit 25 Charles Street, Towson / Lutherville

Exit 26 York Road, Downtown Towson

Exit 27 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson

Exit 28 Providence Road, Towson

Exit 29 Cromwell Bridge Road, Towson

Exit 30 Perring Parkway, Northeast Baltimore / Parkville

Exit 31 Harford Road, Northeast Baltimore / Parkville

Exit 32 Belair Road, Northeast Baltimore / Perry Hall

Exit 33 Interstate 95, White Marsh and Points North

Exits 34/35 Pulaski Highway / Philadelphia Road, Rosedale

Exit 36 Southeast Boulevard, Essex / Middle River

Exit 38 Route 150/Eastern Avenue, Essex / East Baltimore

Exits 39/40 North Point Boulevard / Merritt Boulevard, Dundalk

Exits 41/42 Cove Road / North Point Boulevard, Dundalk / Edgemere

Eat 2000

Posted 2/23/2000

Sometimes we get to feeling like the mythical centaur, sort of—half human, half Honda. So much of our time is spent in a car, or on the Metro, bus, or light rail, rushing here and there. Some of us roam the major arteries at length; others wear a familiar groove in a small patch of highway.

But, as the poet Cavafy reminds us, it is not the destination that counts, but the journey. And journey we did—all around the Baltimore Beltway, up and down interstates 95 and 83, into the heart of the city and out into the suburbs, to compile this exit-by-exit guide to pulling off and eating out. (Speaking of mythical creatures, can someone please tell us what happened to Beltway Exit 37? It doesn't seem to exist.) And what did we find? A treasure-trove of restaurants, chic bistros cheek-by-jowl with bona fide dives, ethnic eateries perched next to joints unique to the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. We discovered new places, grand and small; revisited old, familiar haunts; sought out the gustatory delights that beckon from beyond the ubiquitous fast-food and chain joints hard by the highway, to bring you this driver's tour of culinary Baltimore circa 2000.

Given the scope of our task, we acknowledge that what follows is an incomplete look at dining where the Beltway deposits you—a blurry snapshot taken from a fast-moving car, if you will, sketchy on some of the details (a handful of exits aren't represented) but, we hope, capturing the big picture intact. There are plenty of worthwhile restaurants in these parts that aren't mentioned herein, many of them places we've touted in years past and will no doubt tout again in years future. If you think we've missed something crucial, let us—and, more important, let our readers—know about it. In the meantime, we hope we've captured a few of your favorites, encouraged you to try some-place new, perhaps tempted you to visit a part of the region you've only sped through before. Be loyal, embrace change, eat hearty. And happy motoring.

Eat 2000 was written by Susan Fradkin, with contributions from Michael Anft, Lee Gardner, Michelle Gienow, Heather Joslyn, Andy Markowitz, and Tom Scocca. Richard Gorelick and Jill Sebra provided invaluable editorial assistance. Roadside and Beltway-sign photographs by Jefferson Jackson Steele; Restaurant photographs by John Davis Jr. Special thanks to our model, "Chef" Lewis Feldman.

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