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Mother’s North Grille a welcome addition to Timonium

FullSizeRender (1)Sometimes it seems when a restaurant owner has one or two successful locations, the temptation is great for opening a third.  Sometimes that’s a good idea, sometimes not.  After attending the opening night for Mother’s North Grille in Timonium it looks like owner Dave Rather and the chef, his brother Adam, may have a success on their hands.

Dave already runs Mother’s in Federal Hill and Arnold; Adam also overseas much of the food.

The newest location is at 2450 Broad Avenue, which runs directly into Padonia Road. It was at one time an Applebee’s, so often one person’s failure is another’s success.

The first nighters were ordering and drinking and having a good time.  I left at 9 pm, just what the over-60 crowd does. Or at least many of them.

The point is, when I left people were still coming in – darn those 30 somethings.

Mother’s North Grille is open seven days for lunch and dinner. There’s seating for about 195 and as soon as it gets warm and stays that way, an outside patio will be open.17612611236_8dca451486_k

Other things coming are a Saturday and Sunday Brunch in May (or there about) carry out and the addition of more TVs; currently there are 12.

I also heard talk about adding more live entertainment. And yes breakfast daily starting soon.  So there’s a lot ahead.

And dare I forget to mention the addition of light fare items.  Adam is going to be busy.

As for the menu, the early favorites are the wings and so many from which to chose. For example, there’s the Cajun honey buffaque, honey BBQ, hot, jet li, old bay, and roasted garlic parmesan. The fresh fish is an early hit and the many burgers, like the americana, Benedict Arnold, bleu cheese blast, crabby patty and the big buh.

6887102933_e34cd20094_zThis, of course, is a very casual restaurant, I noticed jeans to ties.

They do not accept reservations and they will cater both on and off premise. If you want to stay at Mother’s there is room for about 50. For delivery you can contact Order Up. They have 20 beers on draft and it looked as if they had a good supply of liquor on hand.


The addition of a restaurant in any neighborhood is good news for the locals and for the folks who travel there.  But one point often overlooked is how many jobs it provides.  The staff here are all young, they look to be in college or just out.

Dave told me he has 85 employees. That means obviously 85 people benefit from this opening. Not to mention the contractors, food suppliers and all the other folks providing merchandise, from napkins to soap.

Let me conclude by listing some of the appetizers. I tried the buck’s blackened tuna bites while others at my press table nibbled on the Old Bay steamed shrimp and the bacon shrimp bombs.

For dessert we all tried the creamsicle, heath bar brownie or the granny turnover.  I’m going back just to try the root beer float.  Haven’t had one of them since maybe high school.

Oh yes, one other thing to note.  Dave described the kitchen as a scratch kitchen.  What does that mean Dave? Well, dummy it means just about all our items are made from scratch, duh!

You can reach Mother’s North Grill by calling 443-991-5256 or by going to

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Eddie Applefeld

Eddie Applefeld is a Baltimore native and a graduate of Towson University. He has been in the broadcasting profession for over 30 years. Currently he is the Promotions Director of WCBM radio. Before that, he was part of the Rouse & Company show on WQSR, host of a cable TV show called Dining Out and adjunct instructor at Towson. His past accomplishments include being named a finalist in Baltimore Tourism's Employee of the Year Program and winner of Toastmaster's Speaker of the Year contest. He was also twice a heartthrob for the American Heart Association's gala fund raiser. Contact the author.