Complementing the "grand view," the ceiling of the unpretentious dining room features an apropos painting of stars and planets and the one windowless wall has a large mural with an Impressionist type view of the harbor. There are 18 tables (the view is great from any table, and you'll find binoculars on many of the tables useful for zooming in on details of the city).
Regretfully, the owners haven't yet been able to secure a liquor license, but the good news is that they encourage BYOB and they don't hit you with an corkage fee.
The large menu offers a lot of tempting basics at amazingly reasonable prices. We found 10 appetizers ($5-8), several entrée salads ($9), a dozen burgers, subs and wraps ($8 including fries), a dozen sandwiches ($5-9 including chips), plus dozen hot entrees ($8-12). Light appetite? The menu offers another 10 smaller portion "lite fare" sandwiches (most about $5). There are also daily specials.
We started with some onion rings ($5) as a starter; though on the small side, they were tasty and avoided being overly greasy. Marty opted for a crab cake sandwich special ($11) which came with fries. The crab cake was big, without a lot of filler and made for a very happy Marty. Our friend Tom voted for a fried chicken dinner ($9); his plate arrived full with several pieces of chicken and two sides and was another winner. John tried another special, chicken parmigiana ($12) which came on a big bed of pasta and with a fresh side salad and garlic bread (which Marty managed to grab when John was staring at the city!). The reasonable prices had us splurging on dessert and tried the homemade rice pudding and an ice cream sundae with a cherry on top ($3.50); both hit the spot (and are recommended!)
Between the awesome views, our friendly waitress and the good food, we really enjoyed ourselves at Grandview Penthouse. There are very few places in Baltimore with views like this, and even fewer that offer the chance to linger and savor the view while enjoying a meal that can easily cost less than $10. Grandview Penthouse is a bargain "Thumbs Up" winner for us! ■
3838 Roland Ave. • 410.467.4040
Closed Mondays • Tues–Fri: 11am–9pm
Sat: 10am–9pm • Sun: 10–3pm
Brunch on weekends • BYOB
Limited vegetarian options