Eateries You Wished Were Still Around

Whether it’s the spicy Harley Burger from the Harley’s sandwich shop, a BLT from Hutzler’s Tea Room or crab cake from Haussner’s Restaurant, for which meal and restaurant are you most nostalgic? Leave a comment to share your fond recollections of meals at restaurants, eateries and bakeries that no longer exist.


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robin September 28, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Harleys the best subshop downtown back in the day


Cy Governs August 4, 2014 at 9:17 am

The Ruby Lounge and Gampy's. Mt. Vernon's never been the same..


James A. Fischer, RN, MSN July 31, 2014 at 6:16 pm

The Ground Round for Potato skins and a pitcher of iced tea.


Lori July 31, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Hasslinger's Hillen Road for seafood, Read's Drugstore Hillen Road, Woolworth's!!


Maria Luisa Barata July 31, 2014 at 2:12 pm

The restaurant that my family haunted in Baltimore City when I was younger was Gianarini's (i'm sure I'm spelling it wrong! -- on Harford Road in the lower Hamilton upper Carney area (zip 21214). This Italian restaurant had these two grand, windy staircases you took to get to the front door. The food was out of this world, and the decor was right out of Tudor England -- go figure!! Their meat- and cheese-stuffed manicotti could choke a horse, they were that good.


Cathy Carini July 31, 2014 at 1:27 pm

We used to go to the 5 & 10 in Middlesex Shopping Center (can't spell the name) and we got french fries and gravy. Back then, it was as popular so that made it a treat. They also had great (real) milkshakes.


karl stoffel July 31, 2014 at 12:27 pm

stuffed lobster tail at riverdale restuarant on the magothy river. people would stop eating as it went by from the kitchen .never could finish it all


Diana July 31, 2014 at 10:24 am

I just remembered Hamburger Junction, but can't remember if it was in Dundalk or where - I was only 4 years old! A real model train delivered your food on the counter! I don't remember if the food was good, but I remember that train!


Diana July 31, 2014 at 10:20 am

Speaking of Harley's . . . we used to have a harley burger sub for breakfast every morning before crossing the street to attend highschool at the new Poly-Western complex. Sheesh, was that really about 45 years ago? Anyone know what was in that sauce? I have tried to replicate it many times, but the closest I got to it is using 2 parts mild enchilada sauce and 1 part tomato soup with paprika and some black pepper in it. I have hoped for years that someone who worked there as a teen would tell us the secret to that sauce!

In the mid-60s, my single-parent mom took us to the White Coffee Pot restaurant - either at Eastpoint or on Pulaski Highway near Erdman Avenue. We thought it was so special because your vegetables came in separate little bowls. Dessert was always peaches and cream (not whipped). If I remember correctly, dinner wasn't more than $1.50?

The Coach House restaurant near Squires on Holabird Avenue had the very best black bean soup, and rum cake EVER!! Our boss took us out to lunch there once a month and let us go home after that.

What fond memories the mention of a flavor or aroma can bring back!


Nikki July 31, 2014 at 10:19 am

Who remembers the huge and delicious burritos of Mencken's Cultured Pearl in SW Baltimore or black bottom pie at Louie's Bookstore Cafe (downtown) or Irish cream pie at Henry and Jeff's (downtown)?


Nikki July 31, 2014 at 10:21 am

And the Chick-Un dishes at the Yabba Pot on St. Paul?


Bonnie C July 31, 2014 at 9:50 am

Muhly's bakery - they had a bakery on Charles St., and a store where they sold their baked goods on William St., and another shop where they sold day-old baked goods near the Cross Street Market - all in SoBo (before it became Federal Hill). We loved the smell of baked goods as it wafted through the air. We generally couldn't afford much (since we had a large family), but a sweet roll from time to time was a real treat.

Read's Drugstore on Light Street was a good place to get a grilled cheese or BLT as a quick lunch when shopping at what is now known as Federal Hill Main Street (back then, it was just Light Street for shopping).

Nemo's sub shop on Charles St. had the very BEST cheesesteak sub sandwiches.

Now I'm getting hungry. Wonder if I can find anything like what I remember to have for lunch today?


Judy Reid July 31, 2014 at 9:43 am

I remember when I was a little girl, and on Friday's when my dad got paid, he would always treat me to a Root Beer Float from Reads Drugstore on North Avenue. We lived two houses from there and the owners knew us by name and it was really a wonderful time with dad.


Caroline Umana July 31, 2014 at 9:41 am

Being a Washingtonian, I still grieve the end of Reeve's Cafeteria. Would meet my mom downtown during her lunch hour & we'd always make sure to get the strawberry shortcake for dessert.


Barbara Schatz July 31, 2014 at 9:20 am

Christmas sugar cookies from the New System bakery ----yummy !


Alison Dimick July 31, 2014 at 9:07 am

Haussner's was always a birthday treat and had the best strawberry pie. I agree with Silber's chocolate top cookies. There was one in Eastpoint mall along with the Arundel Ice Cream shop. White Coffe Pot was another goodie!!!


Linda July 31, 2014 at 9:01 am

I grew up in Hampden and really miss the New System Bakery, they had the best buns and donuts. Their rolls and cakes were great too.


Maria Luisa Barata July 31, 2014 at 2:13 pm

I used to live there, and they are sorely missed!


ktolver July 31, 2014 at 9:00 am

There was a little hole-in-the-wall eatery in Odenton 30 years ago when we were stationed at Ft Meade. It was a "Soul Food " take out place. I cannot remember the name, but it had the best collard greens and corn bread in Anne Arundel County (except for my kitchen).


Terri Smith July 31, 2014 at 8:53 am

One of my favorite memories is having dinner at Haussners with my husband and friends from out of town who had never been there before. It was so exciting sharing this Baltimore tradition with folks who had never seen an "art museum" restaurant quite like Haussners.The sauteed Smithfield ham with lump crab meat was the best!


Judy Baker July 31, 2014 at 8:19 am

Carson's. They were on Holabird Avenue near Broening Highway across from the GM plant. They had the best seafood. They also brought you a basket of breads and muffins for your dinner. They were the best. We used to go there for our anniversary and for special occasions.


Kenny Brown July 31, 2014 at 8:03 am

Growing up in the D.C. area, I have vivid memories of local and national fastfood restaurants; the iconic Litlle Tavern Hamburgers/White Castle (who came first?); quic-chic joints such as Red Barn, Holly Farms and Ginos.


Beatrice Logan July 31, 2014 at 8:02 am

Cheesesteak sub and Rootbeer float with Onion rings from the ORIGINAL Mr.G's in Catonsvile!


Gail Levin July 31, 2014 at 7:57 am

Chocolate top cookies from Silber's bakery on Reisterstown Road
Hot dogs wrapped in fried balogna from Sid Mandel's on Liberty Road (I was a toddler)
Salad bar at Field's Pharmacy and their snow balls (on Reisterstown Road)
Cinnamon Donuts at Carlson's in Annapolis


kn July 31, 2014 at 7:34 am

Gabler's on the Bush River. I learned how to eat crabs from my beloved co-workers.
It is a true loss that this wonderful, throwback is no longer operating.


Paul Schley July 31, 2014 at 7:26 am

My family rarely went out to eat when I was a kid, but I do remember going to Bob's Big Boy's on Loch Raven Blvd, near Taylor Ave. I also brought my own kids there from time to time. I think they closed about 20 yrs ago. Let's not forget Burg's dairy farm at Belair Rd & Joppa. Mmm, ice cream!


Jean McLaughlin July 31, 2014 at 6:42 am

Enze's was an italian restaurant on Ritchie Hwy in Glen Burnie. The property now houses a fast food place in front of Lowe's. My first date was in this restaurant, which had cloth napkins, the water glass was actually made of glass and the lasagna was to die for.


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