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Santoni's Catering

Thanks FoiGras. The event will take place at a nonprofit. There will be about 150 there! I agree-- it would be a lot simpler to have it at a great restaurant, but unfortunately, the location is set. Hopefully someone will weigh in with a somewhat recent Santonis experience. Their food selections are great, and their prices are remarkably affordable...

Mar 21, 2014
stephanieg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Santoni's Catering

Trying this again. Any thoughts???

Mar 17, 2014
stephanieg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Santoni's Catering

Does anyone have a recent experience with Santoni's? We're looking for an excellent, yet affordable, caterer.

Mar 12, 2014
stephanieg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Great NY Pizza near Orpheum Theatre

Thanks everybody!!! We ended up trying Mariella. It was just what we were looking for. As a Baltimorean, I am most jealous of that delicious crust-- no one down here comes close to replicating the NY style. And my husband got to teach our boys how to fold together the crust to keep all the toppings/cheese on, which made him very happy. Thanks again!!!!

Feb 16, 2014
stephanieg in Manhattan

Great NY Pizza near Orpheum Theatre

Ha! The reason we're after great NY-style pizza is that we can't really get it here in Baltimore. Over the past few years, a lot of places have sprouted up in our area with great Naples-style pizza. My husband grew up in northern NJ and misses top-notch NY style, so he's really hoping this visit up to NYC will help satisfy that craving.

Feb 11, 2014
stephanieg in Manhattan

Great NY Pizza near Orpheum Theatre

Thanks for all these fabulous suggestions! Can you sit down at Joe's? Quick is ok, especially if the pizza is stellar, but we'll be on foot from Penn Station, so we'll definitely be ready to sit and relax!

Feb 09, 2014
stephanieg in Manhattan

Great NY Pizza near Orpheum Theatre

probably a gas or brick oven. And when I think of NY style, I think of thin, yet not super thin crust-- the slices that New Yorkers often fold up to eat...

Feb 09, 2014
stephanieg in Manhattan

Great NY Pizza near Orpheum Theatre

We're coming up to NYC from Baltimore to see Stomp. Where can we go for the best-NY style pizza before the show that's relatively nearby the theater?

Feb 09, 2014
stephanieg in Manhattan

Ouzo-

You're welcome! And I definitely want to note that I always appreciate your suggestions and opinions too-- I think we are typically on the same page when it comes to dining.

Kali's is another restaurant that I've found to be quite inconsistent. It's a place I've always wanted to love because it's so beautiful, but I've never found the quality to be on par with the cost.

As for DC, do you like Indian (for some reason, I think you don't???)? One of my favorite (and upscale/dressy) places is the Bombay Club. There is really no place in Baltimore like it. I also love Marcel's, but it's very pricy. However, I think they may have a "pre-theater" seating that costs a bit less, so if you're going on the early side, that could be perfect for you. I am definitely interested in seeing what DC Chowhounders suggest-- since we have our favorites and rarely dine out in DC, when we do we stick to the ones we know and love.

Feb 08, 2014
stephanieg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Ouzo-

I wish I could! I feel that other than the "usual" suspects-- Tios, Prime Rib, Charleston-- the places that are expensive in Baltimore are surprisingly casual, non-dressy places (e.g., Ouzu Bay, Black Olive, etc.). Cinghale is on the nicer side, but I've had inconsistent experiences there, so am hesitant to suggest it for a truly special occasion. And in the county, Oregon Grill and the Milton Inn could fit the bill-- although I am recommending them only based on others-- I don't think I've been to either in at least 5 years. Would you consider going to DC?

Feb 07, 2014
stephanieg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Baltimore Seafood for 30th B-day?

I haven't been to Henningers in awhile, but my friends always rave about the seafood there. You also might want to consider the Black Olive. I love their simply grilled shrimp and scallops, and they always have an extensive selection of fresh fish. Also, if I remember correctly, they have paper table cloths-- perfect for a 2 year old and some crayons!

Feb 05, 2014
stephanieg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Ouzo-

I went there to celebrate a "big" birthday. Enjoyed the food, but was VERY glad I wasn't paying-- I thought the prices were too high for the experience. And I have to say, that other than the prices, it didn't feel like a special occasion type of place.

Feb 05, 2014
stephanieg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Pera NYC

We will be visiting NYC for a Saturday in February and were contemplating dinner at Pera.
www.peranyc.com
We'd love any comments/feedback on the restaurant before we finalize our plans.
Thanks!

Jan 24, 2014
stephanieg in Manhattan

Help for Baltimorean-- fusion? upscale indian or chinese?

The menu looks great, but it looks like it's closer to 2 miles away from Penn Station. We really want to walk, but that's too far. I will put that on my list for another visit!

Jan 11, 2014
stephanieg in Manhattan

Help for Baltimorean-- fusion? upscale indian or chinese?

We love Japanese food, but have pretty good options in Baltimore (and we actually were in Japan over the summer, so had stellar Japanese just a few months ago!).

Jan 10, 2014
stephanieg in Manhattan

Help for Baltimorean-- fusion? upscale indian or chinese?

Junoon was one I came across when I began my research. I was really excited by it, but after looking at the menu, I worried that it might be too limited for 2 in our group. We all love Indian, but 2 of us are a bit less adventurous eaters. If I remember correctly, Junoon had a broad selection of entrees, but just a handful of appetizers. Do they tend to offer a lot of off-the-menu specials, so that this wouldn't be an issue?

Jan 10, 2014
stephanieg in Manhattan

Help for Baltimorean-- fusion? upscale indian or chinese?

There are 4 of us. And thanks for sharing your thoughts on Devi and Hakkasan!

Jan 10, 2014
stephanieg in Manhattan

Help for Baltimorean-- fusion? upscale indian or chinese?

This is a Sat. in late February. It's an afternoon show, so we plan to get to dinner around 6. The restaurant doesn't need to be near the theater but we do want it to be about a mile or less from Penn Station so we can catch a late train back. There are a few late ones (I think they leave every hour), so we are flexible on time. And we are fine walking in most weather conditions-- we live in Baltimore City and while it's far from the scale of NYC, we're used to walking a lot regardless of the elements!

Jan 10, 2014
stephanieg in Manhattan

Help for Baltimorean-- fusion? upscale indian or chinese?

We will be coming to NYC for the day in about our month. Our plan is to see a show, have dinner, and then take a late train back to Baltimore. We're looking for something we can't get at home, and ideally, at a place that is about a mile or less from Penn Station so we can have a nice walk there after a big meal!

Last time we came to NYC, we had a Korean dinner, which was great. This time we want to try something different. Baltimore has a lot of great Indian restaurants, but none that are modern or fusion, so that type of cuisine would be great. We also lack great Chinese restaurants.

Some of our NY friends have recommended Devi, Hakkasan, and Pera (Mediterranean). Does anyone have thoughts about these places or other recs? As for price, we're thinking about $40ish per person before tax, tip, and drinks.

Thanks so much for your help!

Jan 10, 2014
stephanieg in Manhattan

Mi Comalito in Baltimore

Thanks for the scoop? Do you know if it's BYOB?

Jan 05, 2014
stephanieg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Baltimore....table for 6 out of towners

I personally think Mezze is a million times better in all respects-- i.e., the atmosphere and the food.

Dec 27, 2013
stephanieg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Baltimore....table for 6 out of towners

Nanami cafe: http://www.nanamicafe907.com/ It's not my all-time favorite sushi in Baltimore, but it's high quality and you can't beat sitting on the Ann St. pier (and I know the kids would love it!).

Dec 24, 2013
stephanieg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Quirky Bridal Shower Inquiry

A brunch at Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore sounds right up your alley. Modern but low-key atmosphere, although I think you need about 40 to get a private room. You also might want to consider Gertrudes in the Balitmore Museum of Art, especially if you're planning this for the spring/summer. I've seen private areas set up outside overlooking their sculpture garden, which certainly would be a quirky setting.

Dec 24, 2013
stephanieg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Bosphorus Baltimore

Last night, our family of 4 had a great meal at the new Turkish restaurant on York Road. We ordered three appetizers—the falafel, baba ganoush, and Turkish “cigars” filled with cheese. We loved them all as well as the fresh pita that accompanied the baba ganoush (and our one complaint—they didn’t give us nearly enough—but they were quick to bring more when we asked). The texture of the baba ganoush was chunkier than I’ve had before, which I loved, but my oldest son didn’t love it as much as a smoother dip. The falafels were much smaller than I’ve ever seen, but they too were delicious—soft, tender, and perfectly flavored. They were served with hummus that was also thicker than the hummus I usually eat, but good and flavorful. My youngest son thought the “cigars” were especially divine. It’s hard to go wrong with buttery phyllo dough around a creamy cheese filling!

For entrees, we had one chicken kabob, two mixed platters (with chicken, beef, lamb, and meatballs), and one adana shish kebab, ground veal and lamb on skewers. The boys (my 2 sons and husband) all agreed the adana shish kebab was the absolute best. They described it as well-spiced, but not too spicy, and tender. I enjoyed the chicken—it was seasoned and cooked perfectly. I just wish that there was more of it (and the pieces themselves were on the small side)! Most of our plates were dominated by rice and vegetables—which were great too.

At the end of the meal, the owner came over to introduce himself, ask about our experience, and offer our boys chocolate wafer bars. He seemed genuinely interested in ensuring customers are happy and was passionate about his restaurant. We certainly hope he succeeds. Although the dishes we had were the same in name to those we get at other places, they were distinctly Turkish style (and so delicious!). There is definitely a need in our City’s restaurant scene for a place like this, and hopefully other Baltimoreans will agree!

Dec 24, 2013
stephanieg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Baltimore....table for 6 out of towners

It's still there! Just had a great dinner there a couple weeks ago. Delicious lamb meatballs, melt-in-your-mouth roasted salmon, and tender duck confit. The pita is addictive (and a great reason to order the fabulous dips and to mop up the amazing sauces that accompany the meats). We even tried shark for the first time (at our friends' urging)-- it was a wonderful, delicious dish-- tender and flavorful. Save room for desserts too-- my favorite is the greek phyllo dough with custard, but I haven't had one there that hasn't been divine. And what's especially great is that the prices are reasonable-- you can eat quite well without spending too much!

Dec 24, 2013
stephanieg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Baltimore....table for 6 out of towners

If you want a fun dinner in Little Italy, go to La Scala. There is a bocci ball court downstairs, which is a huge hit with my kids. I'd also encourage you to take the Water taxi to Fell's Point. There is a fun sushi place right on the pier-- if the weather is nice, it makes for a perfect outdoor lunch overlooking the water. One of my favorite restaurants is also in Fell's Point-- Mezze. Great, delicious middle eastern tapas. I hope that helps a bit! Enjoy Baltimore in the spring!

Dec 24, 2013
stephanieg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Pabu

I loved Pabu but thought it was WAY overpriced. So if "what you get for your $" doesn't bother you, it's a good choice, but if you get annoyed paying ridiculous prices, then stay away.
Have you ever been to Tio Pepes? There are strong feelings in both directions about it on this board, but I really love it. The menu always has an extensive list of fresh fish, and it's a fun place-- and very different from any place I've been to in DC. I love the shrimp and garlic appetizers and have had fabulous sea bass and swordfish entrees. It's a classic Baltimore place, located in a cozy basement in mid-town.

Dec 14, 2013
stephanieg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Baltimore dinner recommendation

Check out the Wine Market-- it's a very fun place with a diverse menu!

Dec 14, 2013
stephanieg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Special Occasion Cake/Cupcakes in Baltimore?

I'm a huge fan of Graul's cakes. They have the most delicious buttercream icing!

Dec 06, 2013
stephanieg in Washington DC & Baltimore

Eating at Salt in Canton with the new chef

We were there this past Sat. night, and our experience was quite different. I actually ordered the sangria-- it sounds like you had a bad batch-- mine was perfect. We also had a delicious petite syrah from the Russian River Valley. I was impressed by the wine list overall-- I always appreciate restaurants that have a diverse selection under $50!
I did not love my appetizer-- the fluke crudo-- but I thought it was more in the selection than the preparation. I ordered the tuna entree, which was fabulous, and indistinguishable from the dish made by the previous chef. My husband had the rockfish, which he also loved. We also got the fries-- they again tasted indistinguishable from the previous version. I like them, but they are not as addictive as other places... And for dessert, of course we had the donuts. My one complaint about those is that I wish they had more traditional ice cream flavors to accompany them. We ended up getting them with some type of herb infused vanilla, which was a little much. It would have been perfect if it were simpler!
So overall, we left feeling like it was a great meal and would certainly go back. I'm surprised to learn your experience was so different!

Nov 26, 2013
stephanieg in Washington DC & Baltimore