Sunday, June 26 2011 16:38

Glory Days Grill Earns a Thumbs-Up

By  John Cullen with Marty Shayt

Located just a mile-plus east of “downtown” Towson, Glory Days Grill, part of a smaller regional restaurant chain, is worth taking time to discover. The good vibes start with a welcoming hostess routinely opening the door and greeting you as you enter. Inside, you’ll find an unexpectedly large open space with a casual sports bar feel and a mix of 50 booths and tables surrounding a large oval bar. The walls are decorated with sports memorabilia and there are multitudes of LCD TV’s in every direction. Many tables have special speakers that allow you to pick the audio for which ever TV sports event has caught your attention (alternatively you can just turn off the audio). Despite the sports hoopla and the fact that it’s seemingly always busy, Glory Days Grill is also a surprisingly easy place to have a conversation.

The menu offers six pages of appealing options including a dozen appetizers ($6-12), dozens of burgers and sandwiches ($8-12), entrée salads ($9-12) and another dozen entrees ($12-19). Fortunately, hunger spurred our decision making.  Marty went healthy with a slider and salad combo ($8), John decided on chicken Sorrento ($13)—a semi-healthy choice with a sun-dried tomato cheese sauce offset by grilled squash. Our friend Tom ordered a half rack of barbeque ribs ($13) with a side of redskin potatoes, while Paul opted for a blue cheese and grilled onion burger ($9) with redskin potatoes too. All the sandwich options come with choice of seasoned fries, redskin potatoes, fresh veggies, or homemade coleslaw. Marty’s included two tasty cheeseburger sliders and a large, fresh mixed salad; it was a just-right portion with nothing to take home and earned a thumbs-up from him. John’s entrée included a large grilled chicken breast and a rich tasting sauce; for $13, his only complaint was he wished the portion of really delicious grilled zucchini and summer squash was far more generous. Paul’s big burger arrived cooked as ordered and prompted his lip-smacking praise. Tom’s plate of ribs was huge (he ended up taking half of them home!)  Their “oh so good” red skin potatoes sides were a welcomed, mighty tasty, and healthier alternative to French fries.

Desserts are a real temptation here. We shared an order of Oreo sliders ($5); imagine three huge Oreo cookies filled with a thick layer of ice cream served with hot fudge sauce and you’ll know why these earned another thumbs-up! (The homemade peach cobbler is worth considering too!)

The staff’s friendly, “can do!” attitude, good food, reasonable prices, and bustling casual atmosphere (not to mention the desserts!) have made us fans of Glory Days! With a $5 bargain burger special on Mondays and $10 beer-batter fried fish entrée special on Fridays, we’ve got even more motivation to come back.


 

DETAILS: Glory Days Grill, 1220 E. Joppa Rd. Full bar, vegetarian options, abundant free parking. Open 7 days, 11am-11pm. 443.901.0270. GloryDaysGrill.com. Find more Dining Out on Urban Spoon and BaltimoreGayLife.com/ae/dining. Feedback: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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