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Exit 7

Baltimore - Washington Parkway, uh, Baltimore / Washington

John Davis Jr.

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

Yes, there is a partial log-cabin front on the Log Cabin Restaurant (8126 Washington Blvd., Jessup, [410] 799-9874), though the protruding air conditioner kind of spoils the effect. Once inside, though, nothing spoils the laid-back, low-key ambiance, the return-to-yesteryear prices, or the down-home, better-than-your-mama's meat loaf, hog maws, chitlins, and barbecued ribs. Our favorite is the fried catfish, the consuming of which is a heavenly experience, especially when it's paired with some greens, candied sweets, or real, honest macaroni and cheese. Desserts are homemade, like everything else. Go hungry.

When you're hungry on Dorsey Road, look for the camel. That's the sign that you've reached Timbuktu Restaurant and Carryout (1726 Dorsey Road, Hanover, [410] 768-4331), which has a humped ruminant outside and huge lunch and dinner menus inside. Soups, salads, and sandwiches can be had for little, but you'll have to ante up for the grapefruit-sized crab cakes. Go ahead, order two; you'll enjoy the other one tomorrow. People who don't like crab cakes—though not the type of people we tend to associate with—can shovel in steak, prime rib, chicken, and veal dishes galore.

The folks who run Gunning's Seafood Restaurant (7304 Parkway Drive, Hanover, [410] 712-9404) come by the locally renowned name honestly—they founded Gunning's Crab House in Brooklyn (see Exit 3). The current place, located conveniently but rather drably in a just-off-the-parkway shopping-center strip, lacks the original's neighborhood-joint character but honorably carries on its other traditions: superb hardshells, excellent crab cakes and imperial, and the family's signature fried green-pepper rings.

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