Fried Hard Crabs & Golomki at Tall Oaks

Jun 24, 2007 Full story: ChowHound 16

“It's a good thing I didn't bring a large”

The Tall Oaks Restaurant in Pasadena, MD, 20 mins. west of BWI, looks like it's been around forever. via ChowHound

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Baltimore, MD

#1 Jun 30, 2007
We came in last saturday for crab soup and soft crab sandwich.
the crab soup did not taste like the crab soup i have been
getting there for many years.
i told the waitress it tasted like vegtable soup.
we all agreed your cook must have been out sick.

please let me know, when he or she comes back. we may try again. it was a big disappointment.

it is too far to drive (the price of gas doesn't help)
to be so disappointed.



Forest Hill, MD

#2 Jul 3, 2007
You should have driven a half of a mile further down Colony and gone to Windows on the Bay. Top flight Restaurant.

Shepherdstown, WV

#3 Sep 22, 2008
Tall oaks rocks!!!!
Windows on the Bay isn't worth the extra half mile!!
mel in the dena

Oxon Hill, MD

#4 Nov 13, 2008
tall oaks did rock.
now it is closed forever.
another pasadena landmark. RIP.
Misses TO

Annapolis, MD

#5 Apr 2, 2009
tall oaks was the best old fasioned resturaunt around, sure its a little hidden but thats the coolness of it, it was a hidden little Jem and everyone loved it, Windows on the Bay aint got nothiong on that place, it was kid of like cheers there, you want to go were everybody knowa your name, and thats what tall oaks was, it was like a family to me, everyone that worked there, Ms.Val, Ms.Peggy, Ms.Nancy L, Ms.Nancy W. little ray of sunshine lol. But yea R.I.P Tall oaks resturaunts you will alway belong to Dawn, Always.

Tiffin, OH

#6 May 1, 2009
i just ate their last summer timmy and glen are some of my best friends nown them ever since i started kindergarden with glen .my heart is truley broke i grew up right their .ya know captin bucks has the oldest same name bussiness in da dena.i worked their last summer for debbie .but yeah tall oaks ill always have a place in my heart for tall oaks .i hope somebody reopens it .

Tiffin, OH

#7 May 1, 2009
windows aint bad the prime rib rocks and the salad and balsalmic vinergrett was to die for we had our company party their every year wen i worked at lightimg jacks bar and grill.and the food was always top notch .they always wanted my rib sause recipe [they never got it]
Tall Oaks 4eva missed

Pasadena, MD

#8 Jan 30, 2010
Tall Oaks has been and will forever be in my heart! The family that I made working there was the best thing to happen to me in my entire life! I knew them before, during, and even after. They ARE and forever will be my Other family, till this day. I really miss working there and wish everything was the same again and we all worked there again. If they do open back up, sure it's good for business but keeping the name Tall Oaks and just adding on colony to it, It Is NOT the same kk....I don't know what much else to say cept, I loved that place and the time I worked there in 2008 will forever be the best year of my life until the day I die.

Glen Burnie, MD

#9 Jun 1, 2010
I keep calling the number from time to time hoping to hear someone answer the phone saying Tall Oaks. I grew up in that area and I remember going there as a kid and I would have their fried chicken. Then my mom told me to try a part of her fried hard crab and Tall Oaks became my favorite place to go to eat. My family would take special girls day out to go there and we all had fried hard crabs together. I miss Tall Oaks and I will be back if it reopens. We all miss it!
Dave S

Reston, VA

#10 Jul 22, 2010
What ever happened to Nick and Wanda Funkhouse?
I was in the service with Nick and attended their wedding as one of their ushers. It's many years but I'd like to know what happened. Hope to hear back from someone

Fairfax, VA

#11 Aug 31, 2010
I heard a rumor that this restaurant was reopening -- has anyone else heard that too? Or do you think that the area is changing too much to allow a restaurant of any type to work in this community -- i.e., the neighbors are resistant to any commercial enterprise being so close?
Paul from Pasadena

Annapolis, MD

#12 Sep 3, 2010
Yep....The Rumour is true. Dennis, a former owner/operator from Windows on the Bay is performing a complete renovation of the facility and yes- even retaining the name "Tall Oaks"!!!! I hear he will also be re-introducing some of their famous dishes and bringing on a couple of new ones as well. With the closing of Windows, the coming of Mikes Crab House, and a few other new restaurants in the area,(Green Turtle,Two Rivers Steak House) Pasadena is soon to be a dining destination for those who appreciate our wonderful little town.

Life is good in the Dena!!!!

Pasadena, MD

#13 Dec 28, 2010
Tall Oaks RE-Opened on December 21 2010
Trisha soma

Mckinney, TX

#14 Dec 28, 2010
Grew up eating tall oaks almost every other weekend would love to know what old famous dishes they kept on menu !!! I currently live in Texas , but my family is still in the dena and Annapolis they would love to get this news....

Fairfax, VA

#15 Jan 19, 2011
This is great news! I currently work in the Tysons area in Virginia, but a weekend visit to Tall Oaks is definitely in my future plans. Do they have a website? Does anyone know their hours?

Parkville, MD

#17 May 9, 2012
Dave S wrote:
What ever happened to Nick and Wanda Funkhouse?
I was in the service with Nick and attended their wedding as one of their ushers. It's many years but I'd like to know what happened. Hope to hear back from someone

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