Dessert Dinner at Friendly Farm ends with a scoop of Hershey's ice cream — for us, the neon green mint chocolate chip and coconut-studded Almond Joy flavors.

After checking in one more time to make sure we didn't need anything, our waitress sent us off into the evening with a friendly goodbye.

Bottom Line Watching a flock of geese fly over the Wilhelms' land, it was easy to imagine how the farm looked in the early '60s.

Both the farm and the food have changed little since the middle of the last century. But thanks to careful cooking and good service, dinner at Friendly Farm is more than a field trip to the past.

It's simply a study in good comfort food, whatever the year.

Back Story: Jack and Dorothy Wilhelm opened Friendly Farm Restaurant on their two hundred-acre Upperco farm in 1959. Now run by the Wilhelms' sons Gary and Larry, and Gary's wife Jane, Friendly Farm's focus on simple, well-prepared food and friendly, efficient service has ensured its place as a popular dining spot for multiple generations of Baltimore residents.

Parking: Lot in front

Signature dish: Friendly Farm's fried chicken is moist and juicy, with a coating that is light and crunchy. Piled high on a plate, it makes a satisfying centerpiece for a meal filled with many appetizers and sides, all served family-style.

Where: 17434 Foreston Road, Upperco, MD 21155

Contact: 410-239-7400; friendlyfarm.net

Open: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily

Credit Cards: All major

Rating: 2.5 stars

Reservations: Accepted for parties of ten or more, except on Easter and Mother's Day