I recently went to Snyder's Willow Grove in Linthicum, more out of curiosity than anything. I live nearby, but never heard much good or bad about the place, yet there always seem to be plenty of cars in the lot when I pass by on the ramp from 695.
In short, it was not a bad meal. Actually, it was a pretty good meal, if not particularly creative. What struck me, though was the general vibe of the place - the sort of "supper club" that our family used to go to for "special occasions" in my youth. The sort of places that used to be a fixture on the dining seen - reliable "neighborhood instituions" aimed at an "upscale, but not *too* fancy" dining experience, usually with a lot of wedding reception and banquet business in addition to the normal dining room trade.
It's not a genre that's much in vogue these days, but I'm curious if there are any examples of this niche around that are worth Chowhound exploration, as long as one knows going in what to expect (quality) and what not to expect (an abundance of "cutting edge" culinary creativity).
Any guilty pleasures in this niche that anybody out there wants to 'fess up to enjoying, or places that you know enough about to mention?
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