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Grace Garden

1690 Annapolis Road, Odenton, (410) 672-3581,

The pickings for decent Chinese in Baltimore are notoriously slim. Time was, a body would have to travel all the way to Washington or Philly to get the good stuff. So while Odenton is a bit far out of the city, we’re grateful to have Grace Garden relatively nearby. The traditional Chinese menu is comprised mostly of Sichuan and Cantonese dishes, and differs from the “real” menu found at other Chinese restaurants in one key respect: It’s in English. It may sound trite, but it’s kind of a big deal, as it opens up an array of dishes that could hitherto only be had via random pointing, or having a Chinese-speaking (or -reading) friend in tow. The prices are low, allowing for much experimentation, and chef Li always comes through with deft and speedy execution. We’ve heard that even the American-style Chinese carryout food is good, but we’ll probably never know for sure, at least until we’ve been through the entire “real” menu a couple times.

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