Monthly Archives: June 2013

Hotel Dining in Baltimore

Source: Baltimore Eats

There are so many restaurants in Baltimore that sometimes hotel restaurants tend to get overlooked. While they usually run on the more pricey side, there are still quite a few hotel restaurants that shouldn’t go unnoticed.

 

Wit & Wisdom – Four Seasons
200 International Drive, Baltimore, MD 21202
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Wit & Wisdom, while the most expensive restaurant on this list, is one of the highest quality ones as well. They are always hosting events (currently, they have a Fourth of July Celebration, Wit on the Water event and a Wine Tasting event listed on their ...

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Joe Squared plans to open two new restaurants, including a barbecue place

Source: Baltimore City Paper - Feedbag

Joe Edwardsen, the owner of Joe Squared Pizza, an anchor for the Station North Arts and Entertainment District at the corner of Howard St. and North Avenue, told City Paper that he will be opening two new restaurants at the old Centre Theater at 10 E. North Avenue, including a barbecue place. Charlie Duff, of nonprofit developer Jubilee Baltimore, told The Sun that he bought the property for $93,000 at an auction and will partner with MICA to refurbish it. According to Jubilee’s website, the property would contain film, art, and video game design programs. Amy Bonitz, who is working ...

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Tasting Dinner at Fleet Street Kitchen

Source: Baltimore Eats

Getting invited to taste food at a newer energetic restaurant is always exciting. It’s even better if that restaurant values local and fresh ingredients, as Fleet Street Kitchen does. This week, FSK hosted a five-course tasting dinner that was as welcoming as it was delicious. You may remember my recent interview with Dave Seel, the Director of Marketing & Public Relations for Bagby Restaurant Group, as Fleet Street Kitchen welcomed Chef Chris Amendola as their new Executive Chef. The tasting dinner was my first time to sample and review Chef Amendola’s crisp and creative culinary style. Not only ...

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Chesapeake Restaurant open again

Source: Baltimore City Paper - Feedbag

A quarter century after the Chesapeake (1701 N. Charles St.) shut its doors, it is now open again thanks to the kind of partnership that is starting to define the Station North Arts and Entertainment District. The  Baltimore Development Corporation used its power to get the long-reluctant owner of the property to sell to Station North’s powerhouse developer Mike Schecter’s Station North Development Partners LLC, who were able to bring in the team behind Mt. Vernon’s Milk & Honey to open the restaurant. Walking up to do some drinking in Station North last night, we couldn’t resist stopping in. At ...

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Cheu Noodle Bar swerves from the path of Asian-noodle orthodoxy—and it’s genius

Source: Philadelphia Weekly

In our seemingly never-ending search for regional authenticity, the charms of the mash-up are all too easy to forget. And while no one could ever really argue with the unmitigated beauty of well-crafted food that pays accurate homage to a specific national or regional culinary tradition, we still…

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Tallula, Clarendon

Source: DCDining

“What are you the mood for?”

“Vegetables and fish.”

Tallula it was, on a deserted Sunday night, and I didn’t recognize a soul at the restaurant.

Yet, every single course, with one small exception, was a hit. My dining companion and I ordered a bunch of small plates, and just said “bring them whenever they’re ready.”

They’d just kicked their Heavy Seas cask, and were pouring a Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout ($7, pint) from New Holland Brewing Company, Holland, MI; and my friend got both a 2010 St. Hilaire Blanquette de Limoux ($5, 3-ounce pour) and what was supposed to be a 2009 Bzikot White Burgundy, but was mistakenly served a 2012 Altosur Chardonnay ($4, 3-ounce pour) from Mendoza which turned out to be a surprisingly pleasant (and less-expensive) error made by our otherwise flawless server.

A crazy charcuterie and cheese plate consisted of a double order of Olive Oil-Poached Bluefish (I mean, how do you not?) and Morning Frost Sheep’s Milk “Camembert” ($14, 3 selections, $1 supplement for the perfectly ripe cheese); four out of the six items of charcuterie on offer consisted of salami, and I just wasn’t in a salami mood considering I’d just had it at Red Apron two days before. Interestingly, if you Google the cheese, Tallula and EatBar simply dominate the hits (try it and see for yourself). Obviously these items didn’t work together, but the bluefish is a wonderful starter; the cheese a wonderful closer. Almonds, olives, and a thin, toasted slice of baguette accompanied the plate.

But the baguette went to waste because Tallula’s bread basket (gratis) was really good, and so was the butter, especially on the dark, warm raisin loaf – you’re going to be pretty happy with the bread service here, and it’s worth noting since bread has become such a dying art form in restaurants.

The Ricotta & Spring Garlic Fritter ($10) with bagna cauda and pimento coulis was a fine fritter, and the pimento coulis was as pure as can be; the only flaw of the evening was an over exuberant application of garlic, primarily in the bagna càuda, which made the dish tough going, especially towards the end – a minor adjustment, and you have a winner here.

Braunschweiger Ravioli ($11) was a single raviolo, stuffed with a coarse, almost ground, version of mild liver sausage, accompanied by teeny-tiny baby English peas, pearl onions that I never did get ahold of, and a red wine gastrique which lent a refreshing sweetness to this plate.

What could have been a throwaway side dish of Cauliflower ($5) was a fine entry of small, baby florets, well-seasoned, and nicely holding its own with the rest of the dishes. The vegetables here were of clearly high quality on this evening.

A couple salads rounded out this healthy, vegetable-heavy meal: Ham & Peas ($10) with Chef Nate’s prosciutto, Tallula’s garden herbs, and lemon vinaigrette was a fine salad, but was eclipsed by the outstanding, perfectly dressed Shiitake Mushroom & Mizuna ($11) with farm egg distributed throughout, mild shallot, and Dijon vinaigrette. Do yourself a favor and get this salad when you come.

This is the second straight meal I’ve had at Tallula when Nate Waugaman wasn’t in the kitchen (I think both were Sundays), and whoever is the sous chef is doing a fantastic job without supervision. It’s got to be a good feeling knowing that you don’t have to constantly be there, hovering over every little thing – these gentlemen in the kitchen were doing fine work.

Special thanks to our hostess for turning a four-top booth into our own little deuce. A very good showing for Tallula, which remains comfortably atop the Clarendon Dining Guide.

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SundeVich, Convention Center

Source: DCDining

I had lunch at SundeVich on Wednesday, and the sandwiches were wonderful – off the top of my head, the only pure sandwich shop I can think of that I might prefer is the Ballston Earl’s Sandwiches. Of course, Stachowski Market and Deli is right up there also.

My young dining companion and I split two sandwiches: the Beirut ($11) with grilled steak, hummus, tomato, brined vegetables (pickles), and fresh herbs (primarily cilantro); and the Seoul ($11) with bulgogi beef, kimchi, asian slaw, greens, and garlic mayo. We also split a wonderful Eggplant Dip ($4.50) with garlic, tomato, egg (which makes the dip), and spices – using thinly sliced baguette as dipping chips, and I washed mine down with a 16 ounce bottle of Diet Pepsi ($1.50).

I preferred the Beirut only because I’m a little bulgogi-and-kimchi’d out, and the flavors were both more neutral and novel (to me) in the Beirut. The dip is easily transportable if you don’t finish it, so don’t hesitate to try it, knowing in advance you’ll take some home.

SundeVich is a treasure for Convention Center sandwich seekers, although I must say the order took a fairly long time so you may want to call it in. On the way home, we also noticed a SundeVich food truck driving up a northbound street – that said, I can’t imagine that the food truck versions are assembled as expertly as the sandwiches we had in-store.

 An interesting factoid about SundeVich: three sandwiches are named after Iranian cities; none after Iraqi cities – a little ethnic strife in action here?

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Battle looms over plans for Fed Hill’s Crossbar Der Biergarten

Source: Baltimore City Paper - Feedbag

Federal Hill bar baron Brian McComas is planning to open “Crossbar Der Biergarten” in the old Turners. He’s also expanding the liquor license to two other buildings, 16 and 18 Cross Street, to bulk the total square footage. He says the new joint will hold 250-300 people and be just like Ryleigh’s–and that cuts both ways. People who like Ryleigh’s for a weekday beer and some good vittles say, great! This neighborhood needs a classy beer place. People who flee Ryleigh’s on Friday and Saturday nights as it morphs into DudeBro/WooGirl HQ say, WTF! Another megabar?! Things were going to ...

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Forking Stupid: Green Eggs Cafe schools Nicole in the art of breakfast

Source: Philadelphia Weekly

We’ve all seen or at least heard about the infamous vermin video. You know, the one from last month that captures a rat clan noshing on some leftover pizza inside Green Eggs Café’s Midtown Village location after hours, much to the horror of a group of passers-by. Personally, I…

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Baltimore’s Often-Overlooked Cafes

Source: Baltimore Eats

Baltimore is well-known for its seafood, its sports bars, and its new food truck revolution. Something that you may not consider about Baltimore’s dining scene are the locally-owned, endearing hole-in-the-wall cafés that we have in Charm City. There are so many, and each neighborhood has its own distinct locally-owned cafés. Here are a few that have been on my radar lately:

 

On the Hill, Bolton Hill (1431 John Street)

This café is unassumingly tucked into Bolton Hill, but once you step in, you’ll realize why it’s one of my new favorites. They boast a delicious and diverse ...

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Giveaway: Win Two Seats to The Gables June Wine Dinner

Source: AroundMainLine.com -- Food

Photos courtesy of ME Photo and Design LLC

One lucky couple will win two complimentary seats to The Gables June 26th wine dinner.

One lucky couple will win two complimentary seats to The Gables June 26th wine dinner.

This giveaway is now closed, however if you’d like to make a reservation for the wine dinner please contact The Gables at Chadds Ford or call them at 610-388-7700. Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to our winner Alesia M.!

Wine and food aficionados rejoice!

Our great friends at The Gables at Chadds Ford have paired up with Penns Woods Winery for one terrific summer wine dinner.

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Chi Mc – Bon Chon Chicken’s Replacement in Annandale (And Just As Good)

Source: DCDining

The Annandale Bon Chon location is now called Chi Mc, and is almost *exactly* the same as Bon Chon was, with slightly better service and (I think) a few more options to choose from.

Matt “took me” :) me there for Father’s Day (he *loves* chicken wings), and it was wonderful – everything Bon Chon ever was, and perhaps more. 

I phoned my order in at 4:35, and they said it’d be ready at 5:10 (we ate in).

They said they were out of drummies, so we got one Large Wings and a bottle of ShoChu ($33.95) and one Medium Wings ($14) – I can’t find the receipt, so I’m going from memory here. We ordered them both half soy-garlic and half spicy, and some drumsticks did appear after all.

After receiving the shochu, and a large, thin, (temperature)-hot bowl of tofu-onion-soy soup, the chicken came, and it was virtually identifcal to Bon Chon’s. It met our expectations as more.  

Matt flubbed a piano recital, and drowned his sorrows in chicken wings this evening – as a dear friend told me, “chicken wings are a unifying force of nature,” and she’s right. We had a fantastic time – thanks, Matt!

Initialized strongly in Italic.

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Chef Mike Stollenwerk is back, this time at Rittenhouse mainstay Branzino

Source: Philadelphia Weekly

It’s been an uneven couple of years for Chef Mike Stollenwerk. The quick ascent of Little Fish, followed by a reasonably well-received second act in Fish, kicked off one of the most promising careers in the city. We hadn’t really seen a chef with this level of fishy mastery since Alison…

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On the Menu: the Third Annual Vendy Awards

Source: Philadelphia Weekly

The Third Annual Philadelphia Vendy Awards
Sat., June 8, at Penn Treaty Park. streetvendor.org/vendys
The latest dish: A food-truck cook-off between the Cow & the Curd, Lil’ Pop Shop, King of Falafel, Sweet Box Cupcakes, Poi Dog, Foo Truck, Chez Yasmine, Chewy’s, Tot Cart, KAMI, Lil…

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Giveaway: Win a $100 Gift Certificate to Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Source: AroundMainLine.com -- Food

Photos courtesy of Betsy Barron Fine Art Photography

Who wants to win a $100 gift certificate to King of Prussia’s Ruth’s Chris Steak House?

Who wants to win a $100 gift certificate to King of Prussia’s Ruth’s Chris Steak House?

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated.

At Ruth’s Chris Steak House in King of Prussia, they are committed to providing a flawless event with the finest steaks, chops and seafood available along with premier service that will leave you and your guests with a lasting impression that only Ruth’s Chris can provide!

Now one very lucky AroundMainLine.com reader will win an exciting $100 gift certificate to Ruth’s Chris!

GOOD LUCK!

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Event Recap: The Gathering in McHenry Row

Source: Baltimore Eats

A warm evening breeze filled the air as I approached Locust Point’s McHenry Row for my very first Food Truck Rally. As I made my way to find my friends, people seemed to fill the entirety of the street, with dogs on leashes, drinks in hands, and food in cones, on sticks and in baskets- a sure sign of summer nearing in Baltimore City.

 

The Gathering of Food Trucks has been a Baltimore favorite since its start in 2011. Sharing flavors from around the world with Baltimore’s neighborhoods, The Gathering partners with over 20 different food trucks and features ...

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Father’s Day Dining Around the Main Line

Source: AroundMainLine.com -- Food

Photos courtesy of Betsy Barron Fine Art Photography unless otherwise noted

Time to celebrate dear old Dad! Father’s Day is coming up this Sunday, June 16th. And as we always like to offer our awesome AML fans and followers, here is a guide to the fab five best spots to dine with Dad this Sunday.

This year around the Main Line there is palpable excitement for so many of our Dads as the U.S. Open descends on Merion!

Cheers to a Father’s Day with your family filled with many memories, great golf and delicious dining.

To my awesome father Ray, ...

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Burger Bracket: Winner – The Abbey Burger Bistro

Source: Baltimore City Paper - Feedbag

Round One: Voting is over, view the results. Round Two: Voting is over, view the results. Final Four: Voting is over, view the results. Championship: Voting is over, congratulations to The Abbey Burger Bistro. Hamilton Tavern 5517 Harford Road, [410] 426-1930, hamiltontavern.com Hamilton Tavern’s “Crosstown Burger” is made from Roseda Farms beef, comes standard with lettuce, onion, and horseradish cheddar cheese, and features optional additions of bacon and/or a fried egg, and while we’re not against an all-out burger experience, this one is so tasty and substantial that you may want to opt out on the cheese and extras to ...

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Burger Bracket: Final Four Results

Source: Baltimore City Paper - Feedbag

Final Four: Voting is over and the results are in. This rounds winners are: Hamilton Tavern, and The Abbey Burger Bistro. Final Four Results Hamilton Tavern 5517 Harford Road, [410] 426-1930, hamiltontavern.com Hamilton Tavern’s “Crosstown Burger” is made from Roseda Farms beef, comes standard with lettuce, onion, and horseradish cheddar cheese, and features optional additions of bacon and/or a fried egg, and while we’re not against an all-out burger experience, this one is so tasty and substantial that you may want to opt out on the cheese and extras to focus on the burger. Kooper’s Tavern 1702 Thames St., [410] ...

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On the Menu: Luke’s Lobster in Rittenhouse Square

Source: Philadelphia Weekly

Luke’s Lobster
130 S. 17th St., with locations in New York, D.C. and Maryland. lukeslobster.com/philly
Here’s the dish: Lobster Roll.
Description: Caught in and shipped from the waters of Maine, these crustaceous critters are treated like royalty from the moment they’re snagged…

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Forking Stupid: Nicole gets behind the wheel of the Vernalicious food truck

Source: Philadelphia Weekly

Like most people who have ever gotten delicious fare on the streets of this city, I’ve always been curious how food truck vendors do what they do. And with the third annual Vendy Awards—the ultimate cook-off between the city’s best sidewalk chefs—happening this Saturday, now…

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Taste of Two Cities – Baltimore vs. DC Food Truck Competition

Source: Baltimore Eats

Taste of Two Cities, the second annual Baltimore vs. DC food truck competition hosted by The Gathering, was held this year on June 1, 2013. Despite the 90-degree heat, hundreds of hungry foodies showed up to sample everything from lobster rolls to gourmet grilled cheese from the 30+ food trucks parked side-by-side along Rash Field in Baltimore.

This year there were a few modifications from their inaugural event last summer. This year, The Gathering introduced an entrance fee ($5-8 for entry, and $30-50 for entrance/gift/drink packages, none of which included the cost of food). Additionally, partial proceeds from Taste ...

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