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Exit 3

Governor Ritchie Highway, Brooklyn / Glen Burnie

John Davis Jr.

Eat Special Issue 2000

Drive Through Introduction

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Eat 2000

Posted 2/23/2000

The noisy bar; the long, brown-paper-covered tables; the din of shells cracking and lips smacking. . . . We could be describing any one of a dozen Baltimore crab houses, but there are a few things that distinguish Gunning's Crab House (3901 S. Hanover St., [410] 354-0085). There are the fried green-pepper rings, a dish native to this establishment and one we recommend divvying among many diners if you want to make it to those crabs. There are the monster éclairs (also suggested for sharing), and Anchor Steam on tap, pitchers of which go quite well with Chesapeake Bay blues. Finally, there's that pride-of-Brooklyn ambiance, which can't be duplicated.

Grand Palace (6721 Ritchie Highway, Brooklyn Park, [410] 636-8333), located along Ritchie Highway in one of Baltimore's innermost aging suburbs, offers some of the best and most authentic Chinese food within or without the big asphalt ring. The Americanized menu offers the usual gloppy sops to the local palate—your moo goo gai pan, your chop suey—but in-the-know eaters check the specials board. Here you'll find the shining kitchen's best work—crispy whole flounder; gingery green-lipped mussels; relative rarities such as conch and shark. (C'mon, be adventurous, try the jellyfish.) And we're pretty sure Grand Palace is the only place hereabouts offering dim sum every day of the week (except Tuesdays, when it's closed).

It's happening 24/7 at the Honey Bee Diner and Carry Out (7346 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, [410] 761-0477), a veritable Glen Burnie institution. The cozy art deco diner serves up bountiful breakfasts, lunches to linger over, and super suppers, all at super low prices. They've got your roast-turkey dinner, your meat loaf, your fries with gravy, and your bona fide milkshake. We knew the place was the real thing on one midnight visit, as we snarfed ice cream on waffles and watched the counterman fry up a mountain of home fries.

Haussner's may be gone, but there will always be a little piece of it alive as long as Sunset Restaurant and Lounge (625 Greenway Ave., Glen Burnie, [410] 768-1417) is around. We love the crowded little rooms with dark wood and etched-glass dividers. We love the mirrors, the servers who attend without intruding, and the huge meals. You don't see people leaving the Sunset with a simple Styrofoam container, no. They cart food out of here in shopping bags. Try the crab melt, tasty imperial atop two English muffin halves. Even simple dishes like fried chicken are beautifully done, and vegetable orders are big enough to share (although you might want to keep the smoky-good stewed tomatoes all to yourself).

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