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  • Mother's Garden in Downs Park
    Mother's Garden in Downs Park
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    RosalieAnn at my BILs pier
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  • Road entrance to the marina and yard
    Road entrance to the marina and yard
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Pasadena Restaurants

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    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

    This is a very fancy restaurant. You need reservations - that fancy.

    It is also really hard to find (they have a map in their yellow pages ad and I still couldn't find it).

    I think I've only been here for a wedding reception and a surprise birthday party and each time we had a preset menu.

    You can also come by boat.

    Hours: Monday Thru Thursday 11:30am-8:30pm

    Friday & Saturday 11:30am-10:00pm
    (please call ahead on Saturday afternoons due to possible wedding receptions)

    Sunday Dinner Hours 11:30am-8:30pm

    Happy Hours Mon-Fri 4:00pm-7:00pm

    Live Entertainment on Friday & Saturday Nights Starting At 7:00pm

    Favorite Dish: The following is from their dinner menu.

    Chicken Breast Stuffed With Jumbo Lump Crabmeat, Spinach & Proscuitto Ham, Served With A Dijon Cream Sauce.$17.95

    Boneless Pork Loin Medallions Of Pork, With A Cognac Mushroom Sauce Flavored Dijon Mustard.$16.95

    Two 4 oz. Medallions Of Beef Tenderloin, Grilled & Topped With Sauteed ***ake Mushrooms In A Madeira Wine Sauce.$21.95

    Tenderloin & Shrimp $21.95
    4 oz. Beef Tenderloin Accompanied By 3 Plump Shrimp Stuffed With Seasoned Jumbo Lump Crabmeat.

    Two 3 oz. Meddallions Of Veal, Grilled & Topped With A Roasted Garlic & Rosemary Goat Cheese Glacage. $21.95

    New York Strip AuPoive $14.95

    Jamaican Scampi $16.95
    Tender Shrimp, Plump Scallops And Mussels
    Sauteed With Garlic, Butter, Onion, Red & Green Peppers And Jamaican Jerk Seasoning. Topped With Strawcut Vegetables And Served Over Angel Hair Pasta.

    Rotini Pasta With Chicken $13.95
    Broccoli Florets & Strawcut Vegetables In A Basil Cream Sauce. Sprinkled With Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese.

    Pasta Primavera $12.95
    An Assortment Of Spring Vegetables, Artichoke Hearts, Sun-Dried Tomatoes Tossed In A Garlic Olive Oil Sauce, Flavored With Fresh Basil. Served Over Rotini Pasta And Sprinkled With Parmesan Cheese.

    Four Cheese Agnolotti $18.95 Topped With Jumbo Shrimp, Scallops & Jumbo Lump Crabmeat, Laced With Tarragon Tomato Broth.

    Grilled Norwegian Salmon $16.95

    Lemon Pepper Tuna $17.95

    Grilled Mahi Mahi $17.95

    Caribbean Rainbow Trout $18.95
    Grilled With A Jamaican Jerk Seasoning, Topped With Whole Jumbo Lump Crabmeat.

    Stuffed Shrimp $19.95 With A Seasoned Jumbo Lump Crabmeat, Baked Golden And Topped With A Lemon Butter Sauce.

    Windows Crab Imperial $19.95

    Twin Cold Lobster Tails $ Market Price

    Jumbo Sante Fe Rosemary BBQ Shrimp $19.95 Marinated In A Lime Cilantro
    Vinaigrett, Topped With Rosemary BBQ Sauce. Served On A Bed Of Rice With Broccoli Florets.

    Interior of the restaurant set up for large groups
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    by grandmaR Written Aug 19, 2004

    This place was built when we still lived in Glen Burnie, and was and still is very popular. Bob thought it should have been named for the farm that was there when he was a kid, but this appears to be a local Maryland chain (which we did not know at the time), and of course it would have the same name as the others in the chain.

    The decor is chrome, glass and neon, and they have CD juke boxes in each booth. Service is fast and friendly.

    They also have locations in Annapolis, on Route 40 in Baltimore, Bel Air, Ellicott City, Perry Hall and White Marsh.

    The link I found to their website may not work.

    Favorite Dish: There is an enormous menu - breakfast any time, seniors dishes, children's menu, and all kinds of desserts which you see when you come in the entrance. You can also buy whole cakes and pies and various cookies and pasteries to take home. They have pasta, Greek dishes, hamburgers, chicken, salads, sandwiches, liver, shrimp - the whole gamut . They also have many specials, which for lunch run about $8.

    When we stopped on the way to drop off some old clothes at the Salvation Army, we both had the lentil and bean soup, and Bob had a shrimp salad sandwich (real shrimp he said) and I had lemon chicken. (#12 Chicken Francaise). We got nice bread and crackers with the soup. I also had chocolate meringe pie for dessert.

    Booths, my pie and soup
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    by grandmaR Written Jun 26, 2003

    We set out to find Windows-on-the-Bay and either they didn't have room because we didn't have reservations, or we didn't actually get there, because we came to this place instead. It's a family place, bustling and busy. We have not been there often because it is off the beaten path between Leonardtown and Baltimore.

    From an article by Cathy Adams:
    "The comfortable dining room has remained pretty much unchanged since the 70's, with pine paneling and popular music from the sixties and early 70's. The bar area sports mounted deer heads, trophy's of her familys hunting skills. There is also the head of the fabled jackalope (ask Miss Francis about it). "

    Appetizers and Sandwiches: $1.50-$8.00
    Entrees: $7.50-$22.50 (Lobster Tails are more expensive at $23 and $29)

    Monday 11:30-9
    Tuesday 11-9
    Wednesday-Saturday 11-10
    Sunday 11-9

    Favorite Dish: From the Baltimore City Paper: "The definitive fried hard crab is at Tall Oaks, a family joint that serves a menu running the culinary gamut from hot dogs to stuffed lobster. The emphasis, as in most places in this area, is on seafood, so expect fish and stuffed soft crabs and the traditional cakes. But prepare yourself for the house specialty -- stuffed cabbage! Come as you are; you'll be family in no time."

    Tall Oaks at the bend in the road
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Pasadena Shopping

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    by grandmaR Written Aug 25, 2004

    This is the recycling center which I have often donated items to, and I had another bag of outsized clothing to donate last week.

    The center accepts donations of useable household goods, furniture, clean clothing in good condition, automobiles, trucks, motorcycles and boats (on trailers), and other useful items.

    You are not supposed to leave things when the center is not open. Open 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

    What to buy: At stores like this you can often find old vintage or even antique clothing to sell on e-Bay, and various items of furniture which can often be bought very cheaply and then refurbished or repaired.

    I have only donated items to this particular store, and have not shopped here except briefly.

    Donation trailer
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Pasadena Off The Beaten Path

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    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Downs Park is 245 acres way out Pasadena Neck on the Chesapeake Bay. I found out about it when my niece was married there in the Mother's Garden.

    But it apparently also offers more than the garden. There's also five miles of paved and natural trails. The main course of 3.5 miles is flat, with the exception of one small hill and runs along the Bay for at least 1/2 of the trail. There are places for the non-runners to play, including a great playground.

    That's why it is in the 'off the beat path' category. It's not really JUST a sports tip or a park tip.

    A youth group camping area is available for organized youth groups. There also an Adopt-an-Owl program. The Downs Park property has a rich history which has been preserved by the Downs Park Historical Society. Entry fees are charged for vehicles entering the park. Annual permits are available. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

    There is a Bayside Concert Series and other events. A recorded message with information listing the latest special events, concerts and park activities (including when there may be weddings or receptions taking part of the park) is available by calling the Downs Park Events Hotline: 222-6239 (24 hours).

    Wedding in the Mother's garden
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