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This week's Top 10 Tuesday takes a little more in the way of explanation than usual. These are Old Baltimore restaurants that haven't reached the status of Institution yet, and maybe never will. But they are part of the area's eating-out history. Crab houses were excluded; we've done them before.

You've maybe forgotten about these places if you've lived around here a long time. Then someone mentions one and you think, "Oh, yeah, we used to eat there with Uncle Larry."

Here's my list, in alphabetical order, with comments from readers who had other nominations:


Burke's Restaurant and Cafe : downtown. Giant sandwiches and famous fried onion rings.


Candlelight Inn : in Catonsville. For prom dates and 50th-wedding anniversaries.


Eastern House : in Highlandtown. Home cooking with a Greek accent. Open Christmas Day!


Eichenkranz Restaurant : in Highlandtown. German, American and Italian fare.


Frazier's: in Hampden. A quintessential Hampden restaurant before Hampden restaurants became chic and upscale.


Kibby's: in West Baltimore. Best known for its shrimp salad and its soft crab sandwich.


Michael's Steak & Lobster House : in Bayview. Home of the 42-ounce steak dinner for under $20.


Peppermill: in Lutherville. You will probably be the youngest person eating there, but the American cuisine is fine.


Perring Place : in Parkville. Reliably good food at decent prices.


Sunset Restaurant : in Glen Burnie. My nomination as the successor to Haussner's. (OK, without the art collection.)

readers talk back

Forgotten? I don't recall ever being in The Peppermill when it's NOT busy. (Try getting a table there on Mother's Day.) I think of it more as good food and strong drinks for the 50+ crowd.

Posted by: TimD

This list sounds like "places your parents really love to go to but you always come home with a headache." To this list I would add Snyder's (just off the Beltway in Lansdowne). Where, the last time we ate, our waitress actually informed us she'd be right back with our drinks - just as soon as she went to the ladies' room....ewww......

Posted by: BMoreSweet

The Valley Inn on Falls Road may also make this list.

Posted by: Robert of Cross Keys

Delete Burke's from the list. It has gone downhill in a major way. Both in food quality and definitely in service.

Posted by: Ernie

How about the Poplar Dundalk some love.

Posted by: Kevin

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