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Exit 8

Hammonds Ferry Road, Linthicum

John Davis Jr.
Exit 8: Snyder's

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

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Exit 8 Hammonds Ferry Road, Linthicum

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Eat 2000

Posted 2/23/2000

No sooner do you negotiate the sharp curve of this exit than you run smack into the parking lot of Snyder's (841 N. Hammonds Ferry Road, Willow Grove, [410] 789-1149), a restaurant and banquet facility that has overcome fire and flood to keep serving homey '50s standards with a few modern twists. Chicken Chesapeake, a happy marriage of sautéed boneless breast and piquant crab imperial, should not be missed. Plain food here is plain good, from a hearty Maryland crab soup to a platter of fried orange roughy to a 3-inch-high tenderloin that could fuel you for a week.

A bit further down the road, navigate for a parking spot in the sea of cars surrounding G and M Restaurant (804 N. Hammonds Ferry Road, Linthicum, [410] 636-1777), which serves what is quite possibly the largest crab cake in the greater Baltimore area. OK, size isn't everything, but this much lump meat, with so little filler and almost no shell, is the reason folks line up for these beauties. Save room for a gondola-sized éclair, with filling so rich it should be taxed.

A few doors down, you'll need to elbow your way through the hungry throng when your table is ready at the Olive Grove Restaurant and Lounge (705 N. Hammonds Ferry Road, Linthicum Heights, [410] 636-1385), monument to good things Italian. Pace yourself through the complimentary salad and breadsticks, then select one of the simple Italian dishes that are the best bets here, like cheese-filled spinach ravioli lapped with a delicate white sauce. For dessert, choose an imported sorbet frozen in a real fruit shell, a triple-layer mousse cake, or an Italian coffee. Turn over the car keys to a teetotaler, though, because after they fire your caffeine with Baileys Irish Cream, Kahlúa, and amaretto, you'll be lucky to leave the restaurant walking, much less driving.

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