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Eater's reader-generated best Taco list for Dc and surrounding 'Burbs

Chipotle is tasty, but not a best in DC worthy place. Isn't the point supposed to be a local spot?

District taco has good tacos, but I prefer Oyamel (as pretentious blah blah) as it may be.

Eat good food, then drink/schmooze in Baltimore?

heavy seas bar area is pretty decent for lingering. I agree with Mezze and also like Tapas Adela in Fells

Weird/Bad Food Related Dates

I invited a guy over for dinner and asked him to pick up some wine for dinner. He shows up with Port and Moscato. I had the wine classes out and he proceeds to poor massive glasses of Port wine. I was quite confused.

Oct 26, 2012
armybaker in Not About Food

Dessert Destinations (Especially for Chocolate Raspberry desserts)

Coco Sala is fantastic for dessert. They do a great job. I can't say I know of a place that stands out for the raspberry/chocolate combo...other than PF Chang's Great Wall of Chocolate. I am a dessert snob, but I adore the Great Wall of Chocolate. It has a raspberry sauce and a pile of fresh berries.

I'm a Baltimore babe, so my dessert choices are centered around Baltimore. DC has a few places that are also in Baltimore that are quite delicious, Patisserie Poupon comes to mind. Fantastic French pastisserie goods. Pitango Gelato is also wonderful. They have some great gelato flavors and a little goes a long way.

I've heard good things about the chocolate bar at Michel Richard's Citronelle and Central

Poorly Engineered French Fries

I'm not a fry snob by any means, but I enjoy quality fries from time to time. I'm in the Baltimore-ish area, so I may not be much of a help in regards to your quest for fantastic fries.

I love duck fat fries. The flavor is rich. It's hard to explain, but there is a level of coziness associated with duck fat fries.

Here are my two picks for duck fat fries:

Salt Tavern (Baltimore) - Best duck fat fries I've had thus far. They are crispy and are not overly oily. They are certainly for sharing, but totally worth it with Salt's aiolis.

Victoria Gastropub- They make a quality duck fat fry, not as fabulous as Salt's, but good.

Alewife in Baltimore also has okay duck fat fries. It is a nice place to check out.

I also like Five Guys, probably because the fries remind me of the fresh cut fries available at local fairs.

I must admit, I'm hooked on Chick Fil-A fries. They are so fantastic.

Baltimore md

I enjoy the lobster mac and cheese at Crush. They also have a nice grapefruit crush drink. It is much easier to access, Salt is kind of small and out of the way.

Salt has a fun menu. I prefer the location of Crush, but I like the food at Salt a bit more. I feel that the menu is well-executed at Salt, plus they have some fantastic duck fat fries.

Where to find frozen ramen? (Baltimore)

H Mart does have ramen noodles that will probably suffice for the genre of ramen that you are craving. I last saw them in the fridge isle near the noodles, but they were in a pack with a concentrated broth a soup kit. I purchased a pack and used them for miso ramen I was making. They suffice. I found better noodles in the dried noodles section at a market near Annandale, VA. They were thin, straight noodles and the package titled them as ramen. They were fantastic with my ramen broth recipe. Not as fantastic as Ippudo, but the closest that I could find in a premade form.

Pit Beef near Timonium/Lutherville?

I've never been to Jake's. If you are staying by the harbor and want pit beef, Chaps isn't far. Chaps is a bit of a drive and is in a bit less of a desirable location, but there are plenty of places in Baltimore that are less desirable. lol. The pit beef at Chaps is pretty good. Food Network (for what that is worth) has showcased it a few times.

Dessert in Baltimore?

Woodberry Kitchen, Wit & Wisdom, and Charleston are my picks for Baltimore desserts. The desserts are fantastic and well-presented and they have some lovely coffee drinks to order with dessert. Try the Baltimore Bar at Wit & Wisdom.

Pit Beef near Timonium/Lutherville?

hmm Pit Beef. The Charcoal Deli across from the Pizza Hut in Cockeysville is pretty decent. The fries are pretty tasty and they have lemonade =)

Zaytinya's octopus santorini - I need you

I think I've got a good system. I bought frozen octopus at Hmart...small...yes, but still quite good. I'm going to search for a larger one, but the small ones work. I thawed, cut cleaned the octopus. I preheated the oven to 300 degrees. Then threw some olive oil in a lodge skillet. Heated it up nice and seared the octopus with some garlic. Mixed up some red wine vinegar, cheapo red cooking wine, a little salt and some water and threw it in the skillet. Covered the skillet and placed in the oven until tender (an hour and a half-ish) If you want it charred, you could grill it after the braise. I bet that would be fantastic.

I also threw some chick peas and olive oil in the food processor along with the garlic that roasted with the octopus. The bean puree went well with the octopus

Mar 19, 2011
armybaker in Home Cooking

Coffee in the Baltimore Area?

I've never been to spro. I'll have to check it out =)

Baltimore News: New Cindy Wolf/Tony Foreman Joint to open in Roland Park

I like the existing Wolf/Foreman spots already.

Charleston is an amazing place to go for dessert. I always feel like a queen there. I also liked the Christmas Eve buffet at Pazo.

I think another restaurant would be interesting. When I hear family style, I think of the family style restaurants in Lancaster, PA. Everything is in big dishes and you share them amongst the table.

Pazo Restaurant
1425 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Coffee in the Baltimore Area?

I do like breads from Atwaters. I haven't been to Golden West in quite some time. hmm Eastern Ave.

Golden West Cafe
1105 W 36th St, Baltimore, MD

Coffee in the Baltimore Area?

I agree, Daily Grind seems like a decent place to loaf :)

Coffee in the Baltimore Area?

I agree. Baltimore seems to lack awesome coffee shops. I'll have to check out City Cafe. I've heard good things about it recently. Are they okay with people stopping by with laptops? I'd hate to feel awkward, but sometimes I like a change of space during my endless paper writing. Red Emma's loos interesting. I've always wanted to go, but never checked it out.

Thanks for your response

Coffee in the Baltimore Area?

I like Daily Grind and Common Ground, but I'd like to venture out to other coffee shops. Zeke's coffee is pretty awesome as well. Where do you like to go to relax with a good cup o' joe?

Common Ground
819 W 36th St, Baltimore, MD 21211

Top five Baltimore area pizza places?

I agree Pizza John's is decent, but not spectacular. I'm into the New York style of pizza, but it has become apparent that you can only get that in New York. Specialty pizzas are divine, but sometimes you just want a classic.

Pizza Johns
113 Back River Neck Rd, Essex, MD 21221

Top five Baltimore area pizza places?

This is true. I like a classic pizza, you don't need a ton of ingredients to do it right. You have to crawl before you walk. When it comes to pizza, I'd say perfect your basics before you branch out into something more elaborate.

The crispy crust is a killer for me. I do enjoy a bite to my crust, but Joe Squared was just a disappointment.

For more nontraditional pies, I do enjoy Iggie's. The Alice is just divine.

Top five Baltimore area pizza places?

Honestly, Baltimore pizza sucks for the most part. I do like Iggie's and Matthew's. Pizza John's is decent as well, but kind of PITA to get to if you don't want to do anything else in the Essex area.

I thought Joe Squared was overrated. I was highly disappointed with the burnt cracker crust and tomato soup sauce.

Pizza Johns
113 Back River Neck Rd, Essex, MD 21221

Saurday brunch in Baltimore - Bluegrass Tavern, Woodberry Kitchen, City Cafe, ??

I have never had a bad brunch at Woodberry Kitchen. The ambiance is lovely, the prices are decent, and the staff is attentive.

The mini French presses for the coffee are too cute.

Miss Shirley's in Roland Park is a nice brunch spot as well

Miss Shirley's Cafe
513 W Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21210

Woodberry Kitchen
2010 Clipper Park Rd # 126, Baltimore, MD