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3 restaurants seniors must try in Baltimore

March 24, 2014

Seniors living in Baltimore retirement communities have many opportunities to venture into the city and try some of the area's most famous dining establishments. Whether they're searching for the perfect restaurant to grab brunch with friends or looking for a venue where they can just have a fun evening, there are many options seniors can choose from. Seniors living in or planning to visit the Baltimore area should consider stopping by the following places:

Johnny Rad's
Today, skateboarding culture may not be as popular as it was in the '80s, but the owners of Johnny Rad's sought to bring back a taste of punk-rock with their restaurant. Seniors who are fans of pizza or rock music would have a great time at this establishment, which is decorated with trinkets and memories from the '80s, including "Star Wars" collectibles and a large, retro cellphone. Steve Ball, the co-owner of Johnny Rad's, told The Baltimore Guide that the restaurant attracts many visitors, some of which are drawn in by the skateboarding memorabilia prominently displayed out front.

"Myself, I still push around a little, but there's a lot of people our age [40-ish] who don't skate anymore but still enjoy the culture," Ball said to the source. "Here's an example: shortly after we first opened up, a guy walks in off the street dressed in a suit and tie. He's with his wife and sits at the bar. Then he says: 'Hey, man. I saw your Black Flag-inspired logo. I had to stop in.'"

Those interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle for seniors can either enjoy one of the site's many pizza options, or they can consume a variety of meals from the vegan menu. 

Woman's Industrial Kitchen
Once known as the Woman's Industrial Exchange, this restaurant opened its doors more than 130 years ago. Built as a place in which women could display their cooking skills, the restaurant sought to serve visitors handmade meals. While the Woman's Industrial Exchange closed its doors in 2002, the Woman's Industrial Kitchen opened in 2011 to pay homage to the great women of the past while still serving quality food to its consumers. Irene Smith, the owner, wrote on the restaurant's website that the new place is a celebration of homemade food.

"We offer the very best of home inspired comfort food," Smith wrote. "You will be served by the sassiest women I know. You will sit seeped in the history of famous and average women who have triumphed in the home, work and communities. We celebrate home economics and the power of positive thinking."

According to The Baltimore Sun, the walls are adorned with photographs of women from across time, whether they were famous idols - such as Gertrude Stein and Billie Holiday - or just average women from around the world.

Peter's Inn
Once a thriving biker bar, Peter's Inn boasts one of the area's most cultural and unique menus. The Baltimore Sun reported that while visitors would be hard-pressed to find traditional bar offerings, they may be treated to one of the restaurant's ever-changing menu items, such as the "duck leg confit over a frisee salad with fingerling potatoes and a fried quail egg." The site may be small, but locals appreciate its delicious offerings, as Elizabeth Large, reporter for the source, described that Peter's Inn is typically packed. According to the restaurant's website, it has won a number of awards, including being ranked as the No.1 Dining Secret of 2012 among Baltimore Magazine readers.

"It's the kind of place Baltimoreans love: unpretentious, cozy and personal, with good food at good prices," Large wrote. "And don't forget quirky."