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Decent Choices?

I second Clancy's. Had a great meal there when we were in town last weekend. We also went to Brigtsen's. I have to say we were rather disappointed. The only things that lived up to expectations were the butternut shrimp soup and the pecan pie. The two main courses, both of which came recommended (duck and cochon du lait) just weren't good. Had a better meal this year at Bayona and last year at Cochon and at Upperline. Also had a fine lunch (raw oysters and oyster loaf) at Casamento's.

Dec 13, 2014
chinnyttown in New Orleans

Willie Mae's Dooky Chase fried chicken smack down

Started coming last year; love fried chicken. From everything I had read there were two choices for lunch: Willie Mae's and Dooky Chase. Went to Willie Mae's last year; Dooky yesterday. Both my friend and I (he lived here for many years) agree Willie Mae's was the clear winner. Skin was crisp and not at all greasy and the flavor and spice were deep and complex. Also thought their butter beans were superior. Now don't get me wrong - I would kill to have a Dooky Chase in Baltimore! And they had some great sides as part of the buffet (Creole mustard potato salad and shrimp and squash casserole in particular). Interestingly, our cabbie (who was clearly a local) scoffed at our opinion and said we didn't know what we were talking about.
Just thought it would be fun to get a conversation going.

Dec 06, 2014
chinnyttown in New Orleans

New Orleans Bachelor Party Dinner/Private Dining

I love Blumie's recommendation. I'm from out of town and started a tradition last year with a good friend of coming to New Orleans for three days of high quality eating. We're here now. The only restaurant that was a repeat from last year was Clancy's. We ate there last night and it was fantastic. I really think for the whole experience it's one of the best restaurants I've ever been to. And locals will be very impressed that you picked it.

Dec 06, 2014
chinnyttown in New Orleans

Please help me perfect my plan - LONG

For lunches you may want to consider Casamento's if you like oysters or Dookie Chase or Willie Mae's for fried chicken. But then, as noted previously, you may explode.

Dec 03, 2014
chinnyttown in New Orleans

my list of restaurants for three days

How about Casamento's for lunch on Tuesday? Provided you like all things oyster.

Nov 28, 2014
chinnyttown in New Orleans

Weight your own vegetables at Wegmans

I do, mostly because it seems to speed things up. And some cashiers have thanked me for doing it.

Nov 27, 2014
chinnyttown in Chains

Remember St. Honore?

I'm pretty sure this was the name of the place. It was on Broadway in Fells Point. We went there in the 80's, I think. Closed long ago. The host (owner?) was a very kind older gentleman. It was a homey kind of old fashioned country French restaurant. I particularly remember a dish called steak d'Auvergnat - creamy sauce made with Bleu d'Auvergne.
Anyone else remember?

Requesting Course/Wine Progression Assistance, Please!

For the fifth course, if it's cool/cold where you are I have an old recipe from Food and Wine (Gordon Hamersley) for a slow cooked brisket with Asian flavors; goes perfectly with a Turley or Carlisle Zinfandel. It's easy and once it's in the oven it cooks for 2 1/2 hours. Not exactly fancy food but never fails to please.

Nov 19, 2014
chinnyttown in Wine

What's for Dinner #335 - Is Everyone Feeling the Chill? [through Nov. 24, 2014]

Turned cold here in Baltimore - 18 this AM. Which means it was time for my favorite cold weather dish from the January 1997 Food & Wine (from Gordon Hamersley) - he called it Red-Cooked Beef with Cinnamon. Brisket seared in an enameled cast iron Creuset casserole, then cooked for 2 1/2 hours at 350 with sherry, orange juice, soy sauce, honey, cinnamon sticks, five-spice powder, garlic, ginger, coriander seeds, crushed red pepper (and water). House always smells amazing. Goes perfectly with a Turley or Carlisle Zinfandel.

Must have dishes at Clancy's; Brigtsen's; Bayona

They do have an incredible wine list. Especially excited about the small grower Champagnes; the older CA Cabernets; and the Chateauneuf de Papes from Beaucastel and Charvin.

Nov 16, 2014
chinnyttown in New Orleans

Must have dishes at Clancy's; Brigtsen's; Bayona

Thanks, Smarttyparty. Now I just need to hear from sanglier, Blumie, hazelhurst, and karendor (at least for Clancy's).

Nov 16, 2014
chinnyttown in New Orleans

Must have dishes at Clancy's; Brigtsen's; Bayona

Coming from Baltimore in a few weeks; went to Clancy's for the first time last year and loved it. So going back this year. For you legions of Clancy regulars, what are the dishes we shouldn't miss?
Going to Brigtsen's and Bayona for the first time; same question for them.

Nov 15, 2014
chinnyttown in New Orleans

Going to be in Baltimore for two days.

B Bistro in Bolton Hill - nice little place in a real Baltimore neighborhood
Peter's Inn in Fells Point - only in B'more kind of place (someone described it well above)
Brewer's Art in Mt. Vernon - fun place; great bar and beers (made in house; Resurrection Ale deservedly we'll regarded); food good
Food Market in Hampden - very good food in a fun neighborhood
These are not new, just some favorites. As for new Bottega gets great reviews but haven't been there. Have been to, and like, Parts and Labor. Both of these are in Station North/Remington. P&L is very meat centric; the ham hock was one of the most amazing pig meals I've every had. Not sure about this given your companion but they did have some really good vegetarian sides.
I would second Thames St. Oyster for seafood; and it's nice to hear so many people recommending Pierpoint. Haven't been there in years and it seems to have fallen off the radar.

Fried chicken

Coming back to town for what I hope is a recurring annual visit. I'm a big fried chicken fan. Loved Willie Mae's last year. Saw something about Cochon having some of the best in America. Anyone had it there? I didn't see it on their online menu. BTW - this will be for lunch.

Nov 09, 2014
chinnyttown in New Orleans

Vegan but not only

Encuentro it is. Menu looks great, and I can walk from the hotel.

Vegan but not only

Going to be in Oakland later in October and want to take my niece and her partner to dinner. They're both vegans; I'm not.
Looking for a place that features high quality sustainable/organic/local fare that would have vegan options for them and a more expanded menu for me. I'm a wino, so a good wine list would be a plus.
Also, they're pretty casual so nothing too fancy.

Breakfast suggestions

Visiting in December; renting a house in the Quarter.
Suggestions for breakfast places?
Also, was thinking of heading out to the Camellia Grill since I had a great breakfast there years ago. How is it these days?

Jul 29, 2014
chinnyttown in New Orleans

Feedback please!

Like you, went to New Orleans for the first time in years last December. Had a fine meal at Cochon, but the clear winner was the dinner at Clancy's. So like Blumie I would strongly recommend you go there. One of the best meals I've had anywhere in a while.

Jul 29, 2014
chinnyttown in New Orleans

Seeking recommendations Staunton, Charlottesville, Harrisonburg VA

A restaurant in C-Ville that has been good for a long time is the C&O. Also, for lunch, consider the Michie Tavern, a historic site down the hill from Monticello. Despite it being kind of touristy, I think their fried chicken is excellent. It's part of an all you can eat buffet with many good sides.

Jul 21, 2014
chinnyttown in Mid-Atlantic

Maryland/Delaware Shore Restaurants?

Have reservations for the Grove Market; staying in Fenwick; have been to Liquid Assets and Off the Hook in the past and will probably go to one or both again. Any recommendations for good food of any kind, from very casual to higher end?

Baltimore restaurant for both vegetarians and omnivores

Unless I missed it, no one has mentioned b bistro in Bolton Hill. Owned by the same group as Helmand and Tapas Teatro. I took a client group there in April and one was a vegetarian. All were pleased. Very nice space; kind of intimate. They seem to always have several vegetarian options, and the food has been consistently good.

Date night restaurant in the Inner Harbor

Recommended Peter's to an out of town friend in for business and they loved it. As gregb says, it's real Baltimore. But for what Allison is looking for, I think Waterfront would be a better bet. If you go there, see if you can get one of the tables by the window.

One night out--Cunningham's or Oyster Bay Grille?

In my opinion, the parking at Cunningham's is not a big deal. It's in a garage, but it's valet. You just go up an elevator to the ground floor and you're there. The valet can direct.
Speedy healing.

One Dinner in New Orleans

Bayona would be an option. Been good for decades; has a great wine list too if you're into that.

Jun 19, 2014
chinnyttown in New Orleans

One night out--Cunningham's or Oyster Bay Grille?

Haven't been to the Oyster but was just at Cunningham's Tuesday night. Sat in the back room which seems a bit more formal and quiet. Can recommend the scallop and fried oyster appetizers and the lamb main course. All (especially the lamb) were excellent. Their breads (made in house) are very good; service is professional. It was half price wine night (not sure it's Wednesday too) and if you can go then and you enjoy good wine that might tip it in their favor. We had an excellent 2008 Ramey Hudson Chardonnay that was almost reasonable at half price and a 2001 Rioja that Parker gave 95 points to and was only $42 with the discount. It went perfectly with the lamb.
Is Oyster Bay new? Is it possible we have two new serious and good restaurants in Towson? What is this world coming to?

Bistro "b" in Bolton Hill

Been to many of the places rated as tops in B'more by Baltimore Mag and the Sun, and this is consistently near the top for me, for all the reasons you enumerate. Took an out of town client group of 16 there for dinner on a Sunday in April, and, despite the small size of the kitchen, everything came out together, and the group was so impressed.
Really can't recommend it highly enough.

A belated report and need feedback for a return

So many choices; so little time. Several of those were high on my list and I hear what you are saying about repeating.
After NYC, San Fran, Chicago, and maybe LA, NOLA has got to be the best food city in America after the big ones.

Jun 15, 2014
chinnyttown in New Orleans

First "Adult Night" dining out dinner

I remember a Melba dessert that I got a lot of the time but I don't think it was peach. I seem to remember strawberries. It was the same ice cream with fresh fruit and a raspberry sauce. That was my summer dessert; the hot fudge sundae (which was their signature dessert) was more of a winter option.
My wife and I always split their house chopped salad to start. They had great bread and very artfully presented butter. They were known for their soft shells, lobster cardinale, and lamb chops. We also often got fried zucchini and eggplant which were purportedly cooked in beef suet.

Weekend in Baltimore, Must Eats?

I second b Bistro and Peter's Inn; also the Food Market and Birrotecca in Hampden; Fleet St. Kitchen in Harbor East; Thames St. Oyster House in Fells Point; the Brewer's Art in Mt. Vernon; and the Wine Market in Locust Point.

Parts and Labor - any thoughts?

Not sure exactly but skirt is the preferred cut for fajitas. It should be marinated; it's pretty thin and comes in a roll.