Granny’s

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Posted July 3, 2012 by foodiesandfatties in

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Ask For:

The Greens, The Catfish, The Mac and Cheese
 

Negatives:

the chicken and waffles are SO-SO
 
The Lowdown:

The food is worthy of your dollars and the service is worth a generous tip. Do not be surprised if you see Chef Valari mingling at every table to ensure your experience is just how she intended: A good meal, good price and good time.

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Granny’s

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SOUTHERN

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Technically, I was born in Washington, DC so most would call me a Northerner.  But the sweet homes of “Atlanta” and all things southern hold a special place in my life.  Because I do not live down South, I keep my ears open for the crackling of fried chicken skin in vats of oil and smell of cornbread right out the oven.  And while I have a pretty good list of places for Southern cuisine, it is never too long that I am not willing to add one more to my list of  “down-home” dining.

Granny’s is almost five years old and by the looks of it, they will get over the “5 year-hump” that most restaurants consider as the “make-break” point.  Recently relocated to their new location in Owings Mills, Maryland, the restaurant offers an airy one-level dining room with a fitting bar for drinks when you enter.  Perhaps the Sweetheart Sangria or the Uncle June Bug  from the customized-cocktail menu are good options while you wait to be seated.

The food is worthy of your dollars and the service is worth a generous tip.  Do not be surprised if you see Chef Valari mingling at every table to ensure your experience is just how she intended: A good meal, good price and good time.

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CHEF’S VISION:

Valari and Aaron Dorsey are the owners.  Valari serves as the head chef and this Southern sit down pays homage to her grandmother — hence the name.  It is down-home atmosphere with a modern sophistication.  Chef Valari has recreated Southern hospitality in a Northern climate.

 

ask for:

SOUTHERN GREENS –  Warning!  If you do not like heat, these greens are not for you.  In fact, our waiter brought us a sample before we committed to these fiery greens.  Chef Valari says it is a combination of cayenne and finely chopped jalapenos that give them the kick.

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MACARONI AND CHEESE – I like to think of myself as a true elbow connoisseur, so I can be a bit critical.  But this is a solid mac and cheese.  It is well seasoned with a decent amount of cheese.

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FRIED CATFISH – As good as any Friday night fish fry I have ever been to.  Not overly seasoned or greasy with a good crunch.

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BROWN SUGAR LEMONADE – Okay this has the same amount of sugar as a box of Domino’s but it is a Southern restaurant!  What do you expect?  And replacing white sugar with brown sugar is a nice touch.  Personally, I love it.

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MIXED REVIEWS:

CHICKEN AND WAFFLES – It’s on every Southern menu there is, so it’s rare to get or find some with something new to offer.  This particular one is a tale of two cities.  Flavor town delivers with the chicken while the waffles are a bit doughy and thick with no crunch.  For me, you should not have to drown the waffle in syrup unless you are trying to hide your disappointment with the waffle.

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best day to go:

Friday!  Live Jazz!

 

tip:

Sunday is as busy as a Baptist church on Mother’s Day.  Unless you are patient, go early on Sundays or not at all.

 

GRANNY’S

10300 Mill Run Circle

Owings Mills, MD 21117


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