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Exits 34/35

Pulaski Highway / Philadelphia Road, Rosedale

Posted 2/23/2000

Under the category Everything Old is New Again, count the new Olde Philadelphia Inn (9510 Philadelphia Road, Rosedale, [410] 687-5757), tucked neatly in one large corner of a strip mall. The action here is in the bar, so you'd expect mostly bar food in the plain, square dining room. And you can get it, along with unusual starters (like a cheddar-topped jumbo soft pretzel) and some ambitious chicken and seafood entrées. If you go on Monday—Steak Night—the inn knocks a few bucks off the already reasonably priced hunks of protein. We've tried them all but like the tender, flavorful steak kabob the best.

At the corner of Philadelphia and Golden Ring roads sits Smokehouse Authentic Steak & Barbecue (8606 Philadelphia Road, [410] 687-0004), brand-new monument to whatever can be smoked, grilled, or basted with sauce. There's beef barbecue, pork barbecue, brisket barbecue, barbecued chicken, and chili. For those averse to the phrase "smothered in BBQ sauce," there are burgers, hardwood grilled steaks, and prime rib. If you're not in a slab-o'-beef mood, they do have salads, crab cakes, and a tasty grilled orange roughy—although if you're not in a slab-o'-beef mood, we're not sure what you're doing here.

What's big and yellow and sits beside the road in Rosedale? Big Fat Daddy's (8014 Pulaski Highway, Rosedale, [410] 238-2223), of course, whose motto, "We put more meat between the buns," inspires many a pit-meat enthusiast. You'll be eating high on the hog—or turkey, or chicken, or cow, or multiple variations thereof (if you get a combo, or—erp—trombo). You'll also be eating inside a big yellow tent (heated in winter), but if you like your meat between buns, the trade-off's worth it.

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