Elizabeth Large's Top 10 All-american Restaurants

July 08, 2009|By ELIZABETH LARGE

Last Tuesday on Dining@Large, I published a list of All-American Restaurants. It was a tougher category than I thought it would be: I didn't want to include diners and barbecue places, because they deserve Top 10s of their own, and I didn't want to include restaurants like Cafe Hon that are American but also fun and campy.

The restaurants on my list all take their American food seriously.

Here's my list in alphabetical order.


Baugher's in Westminster. Fried-to-order chicken and homemade pies and ice cream.


Bullock's Family Restaurant in Westminster. The specialties are broasted chicken and strawberry pie.


Eastern House in Highlandtown. Proof that All-American is a state of mind: There are some Greek dishes on the menu.


Friendly Farm in Upperco. Lots of old-fashioned charm, long lines and family-style dining.


Jennings Cafe in Catonsville. Traditional American food served by award-winning waitresses.


Kibby's in Southwest Baltimore. Known for its shrimp salad.


Michael's Steak & Lobster House in Dundalk. Home of the 40-ounce T-bone steak.


Peppermill in Lutherville. Pleasant food in comfortable surroundings.


Rallo's in Federal Hill/Locust Point. Open for breakfast and lunch; no longer serves dinner.


Sunset in Glen Burnie. The American, family-owned version of fine dining.

Readers talk back

EL; Great Choice and no complaints!!! You have six of my favorites places to dine!!! Eastern house, Jennings, Kibbys, Micheals Steak & Lobster House, The Peppermill & the Sunset. Wow!!

Posted by: SamD

Excellent choices. I have been to all except the Sunset and I would concur.

Posted by: MDtopdad

Hmm. I wonder what it says about me that I've only been to one restaurant on this list (Sunset) - and I haven't even been there since high school.

Posted by: kitpollard

Perring Place?

Posted by: Dan D

How 'bout Pappas hon?

Posted by: Leonard

We could probably add Jad's Caddy Shack in Essex.

I would probably say that any place that does a significant share of its business off of a senior menu is probably going to fit the bill as an All American restaurant. The two usually go hand in hand.

Posted by: Robert of Cross Keys

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