Middle River Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Middle River

April 14, 2018 Roseanne Arnett

Middle River is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Baltimore County, Maryland, United States. The population was 25,191 at the 2010 census. A Middle River Train Station first appears on the 1877 G.M. Hopkins & Co Baltimore County Map and by 1898 has a designated Post Office and modest street grid. The town expanded during the 1930s and 1940s and established the "Aero Acres" housing community which borders the railroad tracks and Martin Blvd. to serve as housing for people working at the Martin Aerospace Company.
Things to do in Middle River

1. Pizza John's

113 Back River Neck Rd, Essex, MD 21221-3921 Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 410-687-7733
Excellent
77%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 201 reviews

Pizza John's

Reviewed By anmiko

This place never disappoints. The service is always friendly, the food is always fresh and lots of flavor no matter if you get a sub, platter or pizza. The ice cream is awesome. We never hesitate to go back.

2. Carson's Creekside Restaurant

1110 Beech Dr, Middle River, MD 21220-5203 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 410-238-0080
Excellent
62%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 230 reviews

Carson's Creekside Restaurant

Reviewed By Nick C - Washington DC, District of Columbia

We went to Carson’s Creekside for the Easter brunch buffet. The restaurant is situated, as the name implies, next to the water. On a busy day such as Easter Sunday the parking is very tight. We were warmly greeted when we walked through the door, twenty minutes prior to our reserved time. However, our table was available and so we were seated. Our waitress, who was polite and attentive, asked what we would like to drink. She took our orders and said that we were welcome to go up to the buffet when we were ready. When I returned I could not believe that the coffee was served in a paper cup! For some reason this struck a nerve! The food from the buffet was average to very good depending on what you chose. I was surprised to hear during our meal that the Easter brunch buffet was $25/person After hearing this I made sure that I went back to the buffet for more! A price of $18-20 would have seemed more reasonable but clearly, based on the full restaurant, the price did not deter people from coming. I will return, but on a regular Sunday. I will pass on the Easter brunch buffet next year.

3. Yia Yia's Bakery

9415 Philadelphia Rd, Rosedale, MD 21237-4103 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible +1 410-238-2253
Excellent
61%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
7%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 40 reviews

Yia Yia's Bakery

Reviewed By jmccoylee - Baltimore, Maryland

Saturday afternoon, and our sweet tooth kicked in. I'd passed this bakery several times, but never stopped...I always remembered the spelling, though. We decided to go today--doughnuts, cupcakes, cakes, pastries, eclairs, breads, and cookies. The staff was busy, but friendly. We got Oreo cheesecake And Snicker's cheesecake. Delicious!

Also, as a newlywed, we enjoyed looking at the beautiful wedding cake samples on display.

Highly recommended!

4. Lib's Grill

5009 Honeygo Center Dr, Perry Hall, MD 21128-9828 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 410-513-7133
Excellent
67%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 147 reviews

Lib's Grill

Reviewed By Noblehouse47 - Aberdeen, Maryland

At suggestion of friend we decided to go here for my wife's birthday dinner. Was very pleased with the service, Sheire, menu was great...too many favorites to choose from. Settled on the meat loaf and was not disappointed. Oysters were fresh and tasty, my Dark and Stormy drink was best so far. Overall, a very plesant experience. Will be back.
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5. Richardson Farms of White Marsh

5900 Ebenezer Rd, White Marsh, MD 21162-1934 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible American, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 410-335-5900
Excellent
75%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 53 reviews

Richardson Farms of White Marsh

Reviewed By Lola2104 - Raleigh, North Carolina

Go to the back to order hot takeout meals, you will have to talk to the counter person since nothing seemed to be really defined. The board listed the specials and look at what's in the warming case. Chicken breast was tough and dry, bourbon Turkey was good. Sides were good and corn bread the best thing. Got some pie in the market and resisted looking at more snacks but there is a lot to choose from. Overall very good to take back to the hotel to eat and had leftovers to take home. Best to plan on take away but there was some limited seating outside.

6. Schultz's Crab House

1732 Old Eastern Ave, Essex, MD 21221-2203 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Seafood, Balti, Soups, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 410-687-1020
Excellent
57%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 117 reviews

Schultz's Crab House

Reviewed By Arthur S - Edgewood, Maryland

We looked at the various reviews for Schultz's and were pleased with the potential for excellent and reasonably priced seafood. Our previous place that we frequented has new management and the recent reviews were terrible, thus our new choice and we were quite pleased with this finding. We came a little after the noontime 'rush' and were able to seat ourselves. Our friendly waitress took our order and first brought the mixed green salad that we ordered as one of the two side dishes. The bleu cheese dressing and the ranch dressings had good flavor and the salad was fine. The steamed combo appetizer consisting of oysters, clams and mussels was really nice with plenty of the crustaceans served with drawn butter. The dish could have been a little warmer temperature wise but still quite good. The menu had two types of crabcake platters; one stating back-fin crabmeat and the other as jumbo lump crabmeat. Our waitress said the difference was that the jumbo lump was a little larger and with just lump crab meat....absolutely true. One main entree was the two jumbo lump crabcakes and the second was the jumbo lump crabcake with two huge fried oysters. The crabcakes had very, very little filler and were delicious. The fried oysters, although large in size, had a relatively thick batter coating whereas a thinner coating would be preferable. This meal also was served with a large loaf of warm bread and plenty of butter. The dining area is pleasantly furnished and tables have paper coverings. There is a large bar area along with a pool table but this did not affect the dining area. Our waitress was efficient and provided beverage refills and extra napkins. In our opinion the prices are quite reasonable.

7. Double T Diner

10741 Pulaski Hwy, White Marsh, MD 21162-1821 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 26 +1 410-344-1020
Excellent
32%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 115 reviews

Double T Diner

Reviewed By marcopolopaloalto - Palo Alto, California

Breakfast like it was in the fifties, so other reviewers write. But if I was a kid in the fifties and I could go out to a restaurant in the 50’s... I’d choose to come here for their wide selection...somewhat like those famous Greek diners...MoreWe are so happy to hear you had a great experience! we hope to see you again soon!

8. By The Docks

3321 Eastern Blvd, Middle River, MD 21220-2811 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast +1 410-686-1188
Excellent
66%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 201 reviews

By The Docks

Conveniently located about 1 mile east of Martins Sate Airport and Rt 43.Just before Bengies Drive In Theatre. Plenty of parking. By The Docks strives to provide a pleasurable dining experience at moderate prices with generous portions by offering an extensive seafood, steak & pasta menu in an atmosphere with an attentive, efficient and friendly staff. SErving Saturday & Sunday Brunch.

Reviewed By wiserperson36

Our family made reservations for the Saturday Brunch. Excellent service and delish food. Made to order omelets, grits, shimp, raw oysters, Caesar salad, breakfast items with carved beef are on the buffet menu. If you have room left, assortment of delectable desserts. Can't beat the $1 per drink of Mimosa or Bloody Mary, only available at this price on Saturday. Our visit was great and we WILL be back.

9. Sunset Cove at Maryland Marina

3408 Red Rose Farm Rd, Middle River, MD 21220-4005 Highchairs Available, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 39 - SGD 39 +1 410-630-2031
Excellent
46%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 133 reviews

Sunset Cove at Maryland Marina

Casual family dining with a relaxed feel. Dine indoors, on our deck or on our sandy beach. Full bar inside and full service tiki bar and live music outside with a beautiful water view

Reviewed By MaliTamali - Lutherville Timonium, Maryland

I'm not familiar with Middle River so what a pleasant surprise to stumble upon Sunset Cove! A group of us grabbed dinner and drinks after a day of boating and what a fun time we had! Our party enjoyed a fabulous tuna steak sandwich and...MoreWow .... thank you for that wonder review. See you again soon

10. The Crazy Tuna Bar & Grille

203 Nanticoke Rd, Essex, MD 21221-1532 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Seafood Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 443-559-9158
Excellent
39%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
9%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 75 reviews

The Crazy Tuna Bar & Grille

Reviewed By John L - White Marsh, Maryland

We were at Crazy Tuna with a party of 7. The service was excellent. Savannah, our server, was very busy with a great personalty, very prompt and extremely attentive to our needs.

The food was a bit inconsistent. Overall it was very good. Cream of crab soup was fantastic. The sliders, ditto. the pit beef was very enjoyable. The stuffed shrimp was too salty and very greasy.

As far as ambiance, the Crazy Tuna is primarily a sports bar with a restaurant menu. Very noisy with lots of tv's.

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