Dining in the Sunshine


    If you ever find yourself caught between Bel Air and Baltimore City, my father in law found a good place to stop for a bite. The Sunshine Grille (12607 Fork Road) is just a quick turn off Harford Road on your way south toward Carney. My father-in-law knows a thing or two about good food in town. He ran the former Friar Tuck’s on Route 24 back in the 1980s, before there was a chain restaurant in every Bel Air shopping center. Now working down at Jimmy’s in Fells Point, he makes uncovering good Baltimore eats a bit of a hobby. The Sunshine Grille is sort of in between his house in Rosedale and ours in Bel Air, so we met him there a week or so ago. We arrived around 5 p.m. and found it easy to grab a seat before the dinner rush. You order at the counter and they deliver the food to your table. The menu is full of Greek specialities. My husband had the Souvlaki Plate ($8.49). I had the Grilled Portobello ($4.69) and was pleasantly surprised to find it had the feel of a Gyro, but with the tender mushroom in place of the spicy lamb. It was just what I was in the mood for. We had a cup of the Avgolemono (chicken and rice with lemon) soup ($1.85) just for fun. I usually only eat it around Easter. It was tasty — but not as good as my mother-in-law’s, of course. If you’re not in the mood for Greek, they have just about everything else from submarine sandwiches ($4.99-$6.99), to rotisserie chicken platters ($6.99-$7.99) to crab cakes (market price) and burgers ($6.39). If you’re a big fan of breakfast, they serve everything from bacon egg & cheese to Monte Christos up until 4 p.m. They also bake pizzas in a stone oven. A 12-inch tomato and cheese is $6.55 while the 16-inch gourmet pizzas head upwards of $16. A serious dinner entree like 8-ounce sirloin steak with jump-lump crab meat is probably the most expensive thing on the menu at $17.99. After dinner, they have a variety of desserts to choose from their glass case. We sampled a tasty carrot cake (my daughter fell for the icing carrots) and the Galaktoburiko (custard pie).

    The Sunshine Grille is open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday
    6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
    6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

    They’ll deliver to businesses with a $40 minimum order
    phone: 410-592-3378
    fax: 410-592-3351

    Click here for a Google map of the Sunshine Grill.