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Old 11-29-2010, 02:37 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Old 11-30-2010, 12:17 PM
 
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If you can't find good local restaurants in the Baltimore/greater MD area, you simply never bothered to actually look. I'm serious. from places like Ale Mary's or Bertha's in downtown Baltimore, to Rocket to Venus or Holy Frijole's in Hamden, to Ethel & Ramone's in Mt Washington, to thousands of others across the state, finding good local restaruants is easy, though it DOES take more than staying on a main strip and looking for big neon signs...

I'm in Pikesville, and there are a lot of affordable living options around, from decent houses that don't cost much in good neighborhoods with excellent county schools, lots of food choices and even entertainment options.
That's a large area to cover. I like to have excellent options within 15 minutes of me, or less. Call me spoiled, but I don't like to drive 30 minutes or more for dinner.
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Old 11-30-2010, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Pikesville, MD
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That's a large area to cover. I like to have excellent options within 15 minutes of me, or less. Call me spoiled, but I don't like to drive 30 minutes or more for dinner.
You said Maryland in general, not your specific area. If I knew your specific area, I could have given you similar result within 10 minutes of YOU.

Since I'm IN MD, and the places I mentioned are within 10-15 minutes of ME, then your claim that "people who leave MARYLAND (not your specific 10 minute circle) will say the same thing about food" is very likely hyperbole AT BEST. I can list out a whole LOT of good food that is within WALKING distance of me here in Pikesville, a whole load that were within walking distance when I was living downtown in Canton, and within a very short time could find some close to pretty much any point in the state.

I spent my first 36 years living in the Seattle area, and moved here to MD 11 years ago. And I have had NO problem finding all sorts of good local food.

Maybe you're just lazy and non-observant.
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Old 11-30-2010, 02:33 PM
 
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You said Maryland in general, not your specific area. If I knew your specific area, I could have given you similar result within 10 minutes of YOU.

Since I'm IN MD, and the places I mentioned are within 10-15 minutes of ME, then your claim that "people who leave MARYLAND (not your specific 10 minute circle) will say the same thing about food" is very likely hyperbole AT BEST. I can list out a whole LOT of good food that is within WALKING distance of me here in Pikesville, a whole load that were within walking distance when I was living downtown in Canton, and within a very short time could find some close to pretty much any point in the state.

I spent my first 36 years living in the Seattle area, and moved here to MD 11 years ago. And I have had NO problem finding all sorts of good local food.

Maybe you're just lazy and non-observant.
I was in Columbia for the last year, and all the local places I found to eat were much more than 10-15 minutes away. Even the chain restaurants were a 10 minute drive. I've since moved to downtown Baltimore in the past month and I much prefer it. Lots of good little places. Maybe I missed something in Columbia, but I don't think so. Reminded me very much of the Stepford Wives movie. As a place that's often touted as "one of the best places to live in the US" I just don't see why.

As for observant, it's fairly impossible to see where anything is in Columbia.
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Old 11-30-2010, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Pikesville, MD
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As for observant, it's fairly impossible to see where anything is in Columbia.
Observant also means using more than just your eyes as you drive around. You look into magazines like Baltimore, or others, or check with local merchants (and for restaurants, ask at your local wine merchants shop specifically). One of my favorite restaurants is just outside Columbia, called bistro blanc. Bistro Blanc Restaurant, Wine Lounge, and Merchant

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Old 11-30-2010, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Pikesville, MD
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I guess the point is, there are a lot of things that people can legitimately gripe about in MD. But finding good food locally is definitely NOT one of them.

And also remember this, Columbia is a planned community, a manufacturerd town, It does not really represent MD in general, or even the Baltimore region.
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Old 11-30-2010, 03:58 PM
 
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Wasn't Pikesville affected by a couple of water outages earlier this year where the residents were without water for ridiculous periods of time? Or was that just Reisterstown?
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Old 11-30-2010, 04:22 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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One thing I didn't mention, and the reason many retirees leave the state, is that MD taxes pensions/retired pay.
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Old 11-30-2010, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Pikesville, MD
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Wasn't Pikesville affected by a couple of water outages earlier this year where the residents were without water for ridiculous periods of time? Or was that just Reisterstown?
Not sure. The only time I've been out of water in the last decade was when we were putting in a new main waterline from the city water vault by the street to the house and the city guy broke the old meter, so we were without water for a couple days until it got fixed.
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