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Dinner with Grandma


Friday night dinners are a big deal if you’re Jewish, or if you happen to be one of the Gilmore Girls. I fall into the first category, although sometimes I wish I was a member of the second. [Is anyone else still mourning the loss of that show or is it just me? I miss Lorelei's wisecracks and the chemistry she had with Luke.] Anyway, growing up in a very Jewish part of Baltimore, Friday night dinners were always spent with my grandparents.

This May we spent a lot of time in Baltimore. Grandma Ruth, my father’s mother, was a dancer, and at ninety two she’s still singing and high stepping like she did decades ago. She and Luci speak the same language, and when we’re there, Grandma Ruth joins us for Friday night dinner. It used to be the other way around, and we would go to her house.

Not only has the venue changed, but so has the meal itself. Instead of matzoh ball soup and roast chicken, this past Friday night we had wonton soup, and one of my favorite treats that I get in Baltimore, a chicken and string bean scallion pancake from Mr. Chan’s on Reisterstown Road. Every culture seems to have their own version of the burrito, and this is the Chinese one. The layers of string bens, mushrooms and chicken are stuffed inside to the point of overflowing, and the filling is a nice texture contrast to the chewy pancake.

There are two Chinese restaurants in Baltimore that we love. The first is Mr. Chan’s at 1000 Reisterstown Rd., Baltimore, MD 21208, and the other is Joey Chiu at 10801 Falls Rd  Lutherville, MD 21093. We don’t have a place in New York where we’re regulars.

Do you have a favorite place for Chinese in the Baltimore or New York area? What are some of your favorite dishes?