This thread has its genesis in my thoughts while posting this morning on the "Top Five Pizza Places in Baltimore" thread. I had visited Squires (an old-time Dundlak pizza favorite) and found that they had a style very similar to that of Pizza John's, which is a local pizza legend in Essex that I came across recently (thanks again to fellow chowhounds!).
That got me thinking about what other pizza places in the area have been around for decades (Matthew's, circa 1943, for example) - wondering if there might be other areas in and around Baltimore that might have a recognizable local pizza style, similar to the Essex/Dundalk style that Squire's and Pizza John's have in common.
And then *that* got me thinking about what other restaurants in the area have "been there forever", besides pizza places. So, on the theory that any place that endures for twenty or thirty years or more must be doing *something* that keeps folks coming back, I thought I'd put out the call for the longest-lived establishments you know of in the area - where they are, how long you think they've been around, what kind of place (pizza joint, burger joint, tavern with food, "family restaurant", ethnic place, "special occasion", etc.) they are, and any other comments or history you may be able to provide.