Among Dundalk institutions, Squire's Italian Restaurant (6723 Holabird Ave., Dundalk,  288-0081) ranks high. This is where Dundalk gets together to dish both local gossip and homemade pasta, from the noodle standards to spinach fettucini and gnocchi.
Jimmy's Famous Seafood Restaurant (6526 Holabird Ave., Dundalk,  633-4040) is famous for covering the waterfront pricewise, from $6.95 for Greek-style beef stew to $42.95 for twin stuffed lobster tails. In between, there's a lot of hearty, reasonably priced fare, like fried squid, Danish baby back ribs, fried chicken, and a ton of bar food.
A newcomer to the Holabird strip, Vinny's Café (6212 Holabird Ave., Dundalk,  633-7709) lets you low-end it with subs and pizzas, but even the high end isn't too hightop-level entrées run $10 to $14, for the likes of penne primavera, chicken cacciatore, veal piccata, or shrimp scampi. Interesting antipasti include grilled red peppers with mozzarella di bufala and fried calamari.
"Old-world" is the term for Minnick's (7100 Sollers Point Road, Dundalk,  285-5828). Exhibit A is the proud declaration on the menu: "Simply the Finest Sour Beef for Three Generations." It's been the house specialty for that long, we bet, and you can order it for dinner any night or pile it high on the Friday-night smorgasbord.
Did you know that Marlene Dietrich's favorite meal was hot dogs and champagne? We learned this at Weenie World (1099 Merritt Blvd., Dundalk,  284-9495), where weenies really are the worldregular dogs, foot-longs, Polish and Italian sausages, with lots of toppings to choose from. We recommend the baked sauerkraut (with a hint of cinnamon!). We also recommend amplifying your tubular meal with the day's soup, baked beans, chili-cheese fries. We further recommend a powerful antacid. As for the champagne, you'll have to bring your own.