Things We Love- Restaurants for Family Dinner
1. Earth, Wood, & Fire
About: Earth, Wood & Fire uses all-natural fuel to cook their signature coal-fired pizza, wood-grilled burgers, and creative small plates. They have multiple wood selections to choose from, adding unique flavoring to each of the coal fired offerings of roasting meat, poultry, and vegetables.
Feedback: “We got to this restaurant usually once a week. Pizza is fantastic and their salads are also one of our favorites. The servers and bartenders treat you like you are Cheers. Appetizers are delicious with a few of their changing variety Ed of Beers on draft. One of our favorites”
Locations: 1407 Clarkview Rd Baltimore, MD & 214 Mountain Rd Fallston, MD
2. RockSalt Grille
About: The only thing better than their crab cakes is the service. This tavern serves sandwiches, steaks and seafood, including Westminster’s only raw bar. Part of Main Street’s growing dining scene, RockSalt has a relaxed, casual atmosphere for the whole family. It is no wonder this destination is included on the Maryland Crab and Oyster Trail.
Feedback: “In town for a college tour at McDaniel. Went to grab an early dinner. Showed up around 4:30 and got sat right away. My son had the RockSalt Burger and he said it was great. My wife and I split a dozen oysters and crab dip. Oysters were excellent and fresh. The crab dip was good. Would definitely go back, the rest of the menu had many choices.”
Location: 66 W Main St Westminster, MD
3. Uncle’s Hawaiian Grindz
About: Relaxed cafe and bar offering spam musubi, poke bowls, kalua pork, and other Hawaiian specialties. Chef Chee was born and raised in O’ahu in a family with multigenerational ties to traditional Polynesian, Hawaiian and Asian cooking techniques, guaranteeing an authentic experience. His menu is located where traditional Hawaiian, modern Asian, southern comfort food, and farm-driven foods work together to create a beautifully unusual mix of flavors and ingredients that can only be described as Uncle’s.
Feedback: “The restaurant is locally sourced and you can definitely tell how fresh everything is. We ordered the spam musubi, salmon poke, and the Auntie’s plate. The musubi’s were huge. The spam was cooked perfectly and the light crunch in their house made sauce was so good. Auntie’s plate was an entree sampler. Highly recommend ordering this if you want to try a little bit of everything.”
Location: 2315 Belair Rd Suite 2B Fallston, MD
4. Casa Mia’s
About: Casa Mia’s offers homemade Greek, Italian and American food along with their famous colossal crabcakes. Great for brunch, lunch dinner, or even a late night snack. They even offer beer and wine delivery! With a diverse and delicious menu, in a casual and comfortable atmosphere that satisfies the expectations of the whole family, and with outstanding service, this is sure to be an exceptional dining experiences.
Feedback: “Went to Casa Mia’s for lunch with the fam. Lots of options for all from pizza and burgers to oysters and colossal crab cakes. The drink options were extensive and reasonably priced. The food was better than average. The staff was very friendly. The vibe was good, as were the prices. My guess is that is has a good night life scene.”
Location: 17417 York Road Parkton, MD
5. R. House
About: Industrial-chid food hall in a former body shop with roll-up garage doors and 10 chef-driven counters. This indoor/outdoor mini-market features local ventors, creators, and craft-makers. Shop for unique items while supporting independent creative businesses. Food options includes Ground & Grilled, R. Bar, Taharka Brothers Ice Cream, Amano Taco, Be.Bim Korean BBQ, Creole Soul, Molina Pizza, BRD, Stem Farm & Kitchen, and Hilo Poke & Sushi. With so much to choose from, everyone in the family will be able to get what they want.
Feedback: “Food halls are my favorite things ever. Tons of food options under one roof and no one looks at you crazy for ordering more than one thing. I’m a fan of R. House because you can come for any reason and there is a food and drink to pair it with. Coffee while you do work. Drinks when meeting up with friends. Poke for a quick lunch. Burgers for when you want to indulge. And BRD is no joke, friends. Unequivocally, my favorite part of R. House is the pop up space. What a great way to meet and support different local businesses and try things you haven’t before. Other perks include the full bar and cool events they host there.”
Location: 301 W 29th St Baltimore, MD
About: This Baltimore County american bar and grill has been a hotspot since its opening in 2006. With events ranging from music & comedy acts, to trivia & poker nights, this is definitely a social gathering place even midweek. Boasting seating both inside and outside year round, this place has a beach bar vibe in the middle of a suburban area code. Kids have the ability to run around the sand playground while the adults enjoy their drinks. Every day specials, great atmosphere, strong service, and well-made drinks make for a great experience.
Feedback: “Whenever I’m in Baltimore I meet friends here because of the outdoor seating area. The food is awesome, the service is friendly and the drinks are yummy and reasonably priced. I got scallops yesterday—they were tasing and filling. The crab dip is huge and they use lump crab meat. Very satisfying. It wasn’t terribly hot, after about 7, a nice breeze started. Also, there’s great live music on Saturdays.”
Location: 2306 York Road Timonium, MD
7. The Iron Rooster
About: Whether you’re looking for breakfast all day, lunch, supper or drinks, at Iron Rooster you’ll find a new twist on traditional comfort food. The house made pop tart is THE thing to try, with many choices for the filling. Locals laude the chicken and waffles, especially the cornbread-jalapeno waffles. Kids and adults alike will find their own favorites on this unique menu.
Feedback: “I loved Iron Rooster since I tried the location in Canton! We were so excited that they decided to bring back the family style meals last week so this past Saturday we picked up an Oreo Roostart, some Baked French Toast and the Big Brunch Bowl. Can’t wait to get brunch again from here soon!”
Locations: 50 Shawan Road Cockeysville, MD & Market Space Annapolis, MD & 3721 Boston St Baltimore, MD & 1606 Whetstone Way Baltimore, MD
8. Papermoon Diner
About: Since 1994, this funky, knickknack-laden diner has been serving burgers, vegetarian food and all-day breakfast til late night. This place doesn’t abide by the classic chrome-and-vinyl formula, but instead has a dining room full of fun classic toys and elaborately dressed mannequins lurking in the corners. The menu is more traditional though, offering the typical breakfast menu. The colorful atmosphere and tasty comfort food attract a diverse crowd, from yuppies to punk rockers.
Feedback: “What a fantastic spot! I was so excited to see that they had outdoor seating that gave us service almost immediately. The menu was rather expansive with lots of breakfast options. Kind of wish they had some cocktails as well—looking at their menu creativity, I would love to see what they can accomplish. I went with a chorizo omelet with avocado. Honestly, the big hit here was the potatoes that came with it. They were so perfectly seasoned, I would have made a whole meal out of it. As for the omelette, it was PACKED with meat, so very excited there. Overall, fantastic spot and will definitely return!”
Location: 227 W 29th St Baltimore, MD 21211
9. Paulie Gee’s
About: This is the fifth location for the famous Paulie Gee’s in Brooklyn, located in the cavernous building that once housed the Hampden Republican Club. Two ovens serve as the restaurant’s centerpiece, and with the exception of two salads, pizza dominates the menu. Whatever pizza you pick, the toppings are all high quality, including fresh mozzarella, Berkshire guaniciale, simple slices of lemon, and brisket supplied from Blue Pit BBQ. Judicious applications of honey or hot chili oil provide provocative punctuation. Yet the outstanding crust is never overdressed.
Feedback: “Paulie Gee’s in Hampden is a place with very good pizza, cocktails, and an open vibe. The place is very spacious spread with very gracious hosts. Once a month they have open mic night, which is delightful. Live music is always appreciated. It’s an excellent spot to take a date. You can have your meal and then head back to the bar for some delicious cocktails.”
Location: 3535 Chestnut Avenue Baltimore, MD
10. Sunset Cove
About: Located in the Maryland Marina, Sunset Cove is Middle River’s original beach bar and restaurant. Offering a full menu of seafood, steaks, burgers and light far, the Cove also has an inviting tiki bar serving some of the most original drink conceptions around. The sand, palm trees and boat slips are transformative enough to make you feel as if you’re somewhere far away from life’s reality. Whether traveling by car or by boat, parking is available. Live music on weekends and great food make for a great family experience.
Feedback: “This weekend was our fourth visit to this restaurant. The food is outstanding!! I’ve never had anything I’ve had to complain about to include their appetizers and dessert. The servers are all very nice, live music usually available and views are MAGNIFICENT! It reminds me of home (Miami)and just can’t wait to visit again. Even during COVID — reservation was process simple, food was hot & on point, service was wonderful. Check them out.”
Location: 3408 Red Rose Farm Road Baltimore, MD