Skip to main content
  1. Leisure
  2. Food & Drink
  3. Restaurants

Last chance until the afterlife for Catonsville, Md's Candle Light Inn!

See also

Catonsville's Candle Light Inn just received a zoning variance to become a funeral home this week. No word on how long the place will remain a restaurant, so you'd better hurry! The historic location has been a restaurant since 1925.

More Photos

The original house and surrounding former farmland was known as Five Oaks Estate. It was built in the mid 1800's. The place started offering tea and light fare, then became known for traditional Maryland food. The current owners mix Maryland with American favorites.

Dinner started out with hot corn bread squares and whipped butter.

I got a bowl of seafood bisque -- I was sharing -- and it was a huge pasta bowl of soup! Thankfully, their seafood bisque is quite tasty: rich, well seasoned, lots of crab meat. But for sure, you could make a meal out of it.

Since this was an old-school place, I figured it'd be good to order an old-school appetizer . . . and I was right! Chicken liver mousse was a true, creamy mousse served with a lemony rillette, poached pear and spicy compote. It was a well-composed dish.

Pot roast style beef short ribs in red wine were pretty tender and fatty, served with carrots, celery, baby potatoes and topped with horseradish cream sauce and fresh minced chives. The red wine sauce was maybe a touch salty.

I also tried a special, roast duck with green beans. That dish needed to be dressed up a bit, both in concept and presentation.

If you like reading my foodie adventures, please click on the "subscribe" button above. You'll get future articles in your inbox for FREE! Of course, I have over 1,900 articles here, so poke around and "find something tasty™"!



  • Cashew dip
    Tasty cashew dip: You wouldn't think something so healthy could be so tasty
    Cashew Dip
  • Istanbul, Turkey
    Istanbul, Turkey has been named the number one travel destination by Trip Advisor
    9 Photos
  • Pasta Salad
    Pasta salad recipe: Easy and healthy pasta salad with delicious pasta dressing
    Pasta Salad
  • Deviled eggs
    This is the only deviled egg recipe you’ll need this Easter
    Delicious Eggs
  • Nail art
    Use this Coachella sunset nail art tutorial with RCM nail polish to create gorgeous nails
    7 Photos
  • Chocolate souffle
    Love chocolate? Get tips on making the perfect chocolate souffle every time
    Recipe 101

Related Videos:

  • Easter Celebration
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518195596" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • Michael Pollan reveals why you may never eat another McDonald's French fry.
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • Chili's in Fort Smith
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518185737" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!