Though we ended the food part of the meal on a high note, service problems reared their head again as we waited for the bill. After our waitress passed our table, without glancing at us, for a third time, we got up from our seats to chase her down.

When we walked out the door, we were a little annoyed by the service. But with a look at the surrounding countryside, and a glance back at the pretty building, our irritation faded.

Despite the service problems, the lovely setting made it hard to stay bothered. Especially with bellies full of chicken-fried steak and apple pie.


Rating: ✭✭

Back story: Opened in 2011, Taneytown's Gunner's Grille serves classic comfort food favorites in a rustic, charming setting.

Parking: Lot in front

Signature dish: The chicken-fried steak is crunchy and savory — a good match for creamy gravy and garlicky mashed potatoes.

Where: 5525 Taneytown Pike, Taneytown

Contact: 410-756-1080;

Open: Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Closed Mondays

Credit cards: All major

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