"Odenton: Just A Whistle Stop" Odenton by MarylandRVer

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A History in Railroads and Intelligence Gathering

Tiny Odenton, now lost in a sea of bedroom communities in the Baltimore-Washington corridor, began as an important railroad town. The local historic society has preserved this heritage in a small museum steps away from the light rail station off Route 175. This station still provides important transportation service to Washington DC for Odenton's behemoth neighbors, Fort George G. Meade and the National Security Agency (NSA). Together, these military organizations are the largest employer in the state.

Fort Meade is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year--training and supporting forces through two world wars and every major military action since. While access to the Fort is restricted, visitors can enjoy a glimpse of early spyware at the National Crytologic Museum adjacent to MD-295 and Route 32.

Odenton Looks Toward New Growth

Odenton boasts two major supermarkets, small strip malls and business centers, a post office and a new major library branch that serves all of West Anne Arundel County. Numerous restaurants and fast food operations serve a very mobile community. The Fort is expecting a large influx of personnel over the next few years and the housing market here is gearing up for another grouth spurt as the two largest residential areas (Seven Oaks and Piney Orchards) are already in their final stages. A new town center is in the planning stages. Happily, Route 175 will receive major renovations to improve access to the fort.

Where to Eat

The military influence has benefited patrons looking for good asian food. The Hunan Rose has fairly traditional 'Americanized' Chinese cuisine and nicer than average decor/ambiance. The food is well prepared and nicely presented. Prices are moderate and they also do a lot of take out business. The Bangkok Kitchen also gets a big thumbs up from the lunch crowd from Fort Meade and prices are very modest. The Okinawa restaurant has closed (sniff! sniff!).

Two seafood/American fare restaurants of note: Kaufman's on Gambrills Road and Jim's Hideaway (tucked away on the road behind the fire hall). You will pay market price for fresh seafood and crabs--no crab bargains this year! They also offer casual fare--lighter on the wallet but not necessarily on the waist.

If you'd prefer Mexican, we have a pretty good Mexican eatery that offers entrees well beyond Tex-Mex quality, outside seating, and good margaritas right on Route 170--try out the Pachanga Grill.

Lately, local restaruants are facing stiff competition from newer restaurants at Piney Orchards and the Village at Waugh Chapel, but people opting to steer clear of chains will like Odenton's food establishments.

Hey! It's a small town--of course we have a Dairy Queen! (And MacDonalds, Rita's, and Baskin Robbins). It's tradition!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Located between Baltimore, DC and Annapolis--great access.
  • Cons:Small town--not even a movie theater...
  • In a nutshell:Just a Hop and a Skip From Where You Want to Be!
  • Last visit to Odenton: Jun 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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